Can we just say: thank goodness for Ryan Reynolds? We can’t wait to see him as the Merc with a Mouth in the upcoming Deadpool film, and we’re so excited by his own enthusiasm for it.
In an interview with GQ, Reynolds discussed the film and what it means to him and the larger superhero genre takeover in Hollywood.
When he finally found himself on set, he wanted to make sure it wasn’t just another job:
“Like, we just started rolling, and I was like, ‘No, no, hold on.’ We went in the other room and we huddled up: ‘We’re making this movie! We’ve been trying to get this movie made for six f***ing years, and here we are. We’re doing it right now. Just remember this second. Just take a moment to be thankful for that.’ And then we all went out and just started shooting and dicking around and had some fun.”
He’s not being hyperbolic either.
Reynolds played Wade Wilson aka Deadpool for the first time in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine to less than stellar reviews. Now’s the time to finally get the popular character right.
This isn’t the first time he’s starred in his own superhero film, either. He played the titular Green Lantern in 2011, which was, on all accounts, a pretty big failure. If it had been a success, Reynolds guesses he’d be making the third one right now, so we’re glad it failed now, actually.
Still, according to Reynolds there are some key differences between Green Lantern and Deadpool:
“Deadpool was different because there wasn’t a big budget attached to it. There was not a tremendous responsibility to meet some kind of bottom line. Those kinds of superhero movies when you’re out front, there’s a vast and quite frightening budget attached to them. This one had a super-reasonable budget, and it was subversive and a little bit different, and to me a little refreshing in the comic-book world. But you always have trepidation. When you’re out front, you have trepidation.”
And don’t be worried about not having a big budget. If any film can make that work for it, it’s Deadpool. And the lower budget might make the film more unique and raw.
So how does Reynolds feel about adding yet another film to the crowded superhero field?
“It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe. I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”
That’s definitely true at least. People might start tiring of superhero films, but Deadpool is going to be different enough that it should please those critics. It will also please fans with its R-rating of course.
Deadpool is set to hit theaters on February 12, 2016. It’s directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Morena Baccarin.
Do you agree with Reynolds? Is now the right time for this film? Let us know in the comments!