Ryan Reynolds Defends Deadpool in “Wolverine”

The die-hard fans of comic book characters can get really pissy and vocally angry when the characters they love are not done the proper justice in their movie adaptations, and the most controversial aspect of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is most certainly going to be the choices that were made with the character of Deadpool, a.k.a. Wade Wilson. In the Marvel Comics, he’s a wise-cracking, chaotic, violent, twisted and broken mercenary who is insane enough to be one of the few characters that can break the fourth wall, and that uniquely dark and hilarious craziness has earned him a dedicated cult of fans. Most of them are happy with the choice of Ryan Reynolds and his quick wit to play him – that was a casting rumor that had persisted for so long that it actually made it into the comics themselves. The trouble is what Reynolds himself is hinting at in the interview clip below – this isn’t an extremely faithful adaptation of the character. The fact that Reynolds is aware of this, and is still hopeful that he can one day make a full-on honest-and-for-true Deadpool movie is at least a good sign for the future, if not the present.

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Reynolds offered this explanation back when he was promoting Adventureland: “I play Wade Wilson and I play Deadpool, but the character I play as Deadpool I personally don’t consider him to be Deadpool. Fox may differ with me, but I consider him to be the thing that Deadpool came from. It doesn’t carry on past that, because the film is called Wolverine. I’m the thing that will eventually become Deadpool.”

Deadpool fans will be upset that “The Merc with a Mouth” loses one of the things that defines him in this new movie – his mouth (a choice likely made so that audiences didn’t enjoy the villain more than the heroes) – but Reynolds knows the real character well. “I’ve actually wanted to play Deadpool for a really long time, so this is a bit of a dream come true. I always thought that he was a character that sort of felt like a cross between Commando and The Phantom of the Opera, by way of Caddyshack. For me it was a pretty original type of guy in this universe.” We can only hope that the secret post-credits scenes can help mitigate the frustrations of fans who’ve been clamoring to see the character they love on the big screen, and maybe even give them hope for the future.

Still, not being the full-on Deadpool he’d dreamed of playing didn’t stop Reynolds from dedicating himself to the proper prep work. “I felt like I was ready years ago, because I’ve wanted to play this guy forever, but it was a lot of sword training. A lot of working out with Hugh Jackman, who I remember on my first day looked a lot like a guy who was going to make a necklace out of my teeth. That was the gold standard that was set from early on. Basically, it’s spending countless hours with the katana sword training fellas. And having my mouth sewn shut… it was a moment where you say ‘why am I method?’ But you go for it anyway. At lunch, snorting a steak was hard.”

That wasn’t the only thing that was hard for Reynolds – almost losing “Li’l Wade” to swordplay was a big deal. “I honestly worked probably the longest day of my life on this movie,” he said. “It’s a huge movie, so there are several units going at once. I had a day when I was going back and forth with each unit. It was maybe a 22-hour day with makeup and all these things, and I had to spin these swords at a million miles an hour around my body. By about hour 19, I had a couple of extremely close calls with these katana swords. When you’re spinning these swords, you’re going to want to wear pants for that. I honestly just about lost my future legacy a couple of times. I had to take a little break and pour myself a nice shot of espresso and carry on.”

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