Because of its R-rating, it’s obvious that “Deadpool” pushes the language and violence further than most other superhero films. And the film’s content has reportedly gotten it banned in China, so it sounds like that R-rating was warranted. But, as revealed during a sneak preview of the film held in Los Angeles on Monday, director Tim Miller says the film actually could have gone even further over the line.
“There was a bunch of stuff, honestly,” said Miller when asked if he had to cut moments out of the film, as reported by ComicBook.com. These moments include “an extended version [of a fight scene with] a couple more beats of violence there that I liked.”
Miller also revealed that a bar scene between Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller had to be cut way down due to the vulgarity of their comments. “That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far,'” said director Tim Miller. “I mean there were so many people offended it would have really been — we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.'”
T.J. Miller, who plays Deadpool’s quasi-sidekick Weasel, corroborated the director’s report. “We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful. Ryan’s a very, very good improvisor, and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys. It was very… heavy duty. There were some riffs that I don’t think — ‘You look like a trucker took a shit on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it.’ So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
“It was a little worse than that,” said director Miller. “He’s being gentle.”
Directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano and more, “Deadpool” opens on February 12.