Ryan Reynolds on 'Deadpool': "We Get to Make the Movie We Want to Make"

Monday, 26 January 2015 10:54 Written by  iamrogue
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Ryan Reynolds on 'Deadpool': "We Get to Make the Movie We Want to Make"

After years trapped in development hell, Deadpool is finally happening, with production kicking off this March.

Ryan Reynolds, who kept the dream alive even when it looked thoroughly hopeless, has talked a wee bit about his passion project, saying that a smaller budget means more creative freedom and clarifying that he did not, in fact, leak Deadpool test footage over the summer.

Reynolds already played a castrated version of the character back in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Since then, he's been attached to star in an R-rated action comedy that faithfully adapts the mercenary with an amped-up version of Wolvie's healing powers and a smartassed sensibility.  After waffling for years, 20th Century Fox is finally doubling down on its X-Men properties, cooking up X-Men: Apocalypse and spinoffs Gambit and Deadpool.

Deadpool's the first, scheduled for nationwide release on February 12, 2016.

The star, who is at Sundance promoting Mississippi Grind, talked to MTV about the Merc With a Mouth's solo movie. 

“It’s been a long time, but it’s happened in the right way and that’s all that matters,” he said. “We don’t have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that’s great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s why we get to make the movie we want to make.”

The last time Reynolds played a costumed comic book hero, in 2011's Green Lantern, the movie didn't turn out so hot.  Asked if that shamblefest puts more pressure on Deadpool, Reynolds replied, “No, no, no, of course not.  You gotta have faith in the people you’re working with, and have faith in the prep, and that’s all I’m doing. On this one, the prep’s been 11 years. You’d like to think you’re putting your best foot forward, but we’ll see.”

The people he's working with, in this instance, include director Chris Miller, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, as well as fellow castmembers TJ Miller and Ed Skrein.

In July, when Miller-directed test footage – an animated action sequence narrated by Reynolds and included below – leaked online, the meta, Ferris Buellerian narration and some slick action caused an instant internet sensation as everybody simultaneously remembered just how cool Deadpool could be onscreen.  The footage and its response has been widely credited with changing Fox's mind on the film, so naturally some folks suspected that Reynolds may have been behind the leak.

“I would have FOX’s lawyers so far up my ass they could smell Wade Wilson’s feet,” Reynolds said at Sundance. “No, no, no I didn’t leak it. But I would have. Looking back now, in a heartbeat. I should go home and scan the old hard drive and see what I’ve got in there.”

There have been rumors that Reynolds's longtime wish to make an R-rated Deadpool isn't meant to be, but his comment that he and Miller "get to make the movie we want to make" gives the impression that an R may still be in the cards.

Producer Simon Kinberg commented on the rating a few months ago, saying, "Genuinely it’s early phases, early days, but if you’re gonna do a Deadpool movie, I think you’ve gotta do a hard-R, darker movie and he is the perfect character to do it with.”

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