Ryan Reynolds is not worried about being typecast as a comic-book superhero. “I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me,” he said in an interview with Variety. “We have outlines and stories for a number of different films.” He said that he spent 11 years thinking about what it would feel like to walk in the character’s shoes.
Deadpool is also the first live-action comic-book movie to clinch a Best Picture nom in the 74-year history of the Golden Globes. I mean, even comic-book masterpieces, all three Dark Knight movies by Chris Nolan, never got a nod.
In the chat, Reynolds says as the Academy voting body evolves, more sophisticated comic-book movies will start making the cut. Deadpool has also proven that superheroes don’t need to be PG-13 to smash box office records. office. “That’s not really a problem for us, because we were banned in China,” Reynolds notes. “We were rated ‘F–k you!’ in China. But judging by the illegal downloads, it was just as popular there as anywhere else.”
Reynolds’ attention was dragged to Deadpool after he saw an image wherein the character looked uncannily like him. So, after some heat-generating roles, and as his star power grew, adapting Deadpool into a movie made sense to the actor and it quickly became a bit of an obsession. But despite attempts to get the film made, Fox repeatedly passed on the idea. But finally, in 2014, it was greenlit after fans championed a test reel that had leaked online. His biggest fear was that he’d let fans down.
Funny enough, Reynolds had played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which got mediocre reviews. Then came 2011’s Green Lantern at Warner Bros, which tanked critically and commercially. That made Fox even more reluctant to gamble on another superhero flick with Reynolds. Later on, the studio had a rethink and here we are today.
Created by superstar comic-book artist Rob Liefeld, the character quickly became mega-popular with readers. And while Reynolds has loads of movie work lined up, it’s obvious that his primary focus will be the Deadpool sequel.
By Justina Terhember