"Deadpool" may not have been released in China, but that didn't stop Fox's first R-rated X-Men film from earning over $700 million worldwide. Nevertheless, star Ryan Reynolds believes the surprise hit could have earned even more if it had opened in China; in fact, he told Variety that "Deadpool" may very well have been the first R-rated movie to earn $1 billion at the box office.
"We were banned in China,” he explained. “We were rated ‘F–k you!’ in China.” However, considering that the film performed so well everywhere else and even as an illegal download, China may have been the film's golden ticket to a record-smashing debut. “We might have been the first billion-dollar R-rated movie,” he said.
The topic came up as Reynolds discussed the character's pansexuality. “What love is to Deadpool may not be what love is to Batman or someone else. I think that could be played up more. He’s an outsider in every way, shape, and form,” he shared, before addressing whether or not he'd be afraid that would hurt the franchise's chances in countries less accepting of queer characters. As such, it appears Reynolds is open to exploring Deadpool's sexuality in upcoming films.
“Deadpool is so feminine. At least in how I saw him,” he added. He also recalled that this was a particularly difficult aspect of the character for his stunt doubles to grasp. “I’d say, ‘When you land, can you sashay away?’” he said with a laugh.
Of course, Reynolds doesn't think "Deadpool's" success is par for the course. “It’s really proof that literally anything can happen in Hollywood. I wish I could absorb it,” he marveled. “When the leaked footage got around the internet, it created this enormous groundswell... I credit Twitter users, Facebook users, and Instagram users for getting this movie made.”
Released Feb. 12, the R-rated “Deadpool” went on to gross more than $783 million worldwide, to become the most successful film in Fox’s X-Men franchise. The movie won two Critics’ Choice Awards, for best Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy (Ryan Reynolds), and has been nominated for a pair of Golden Globes. A sequel is in development with “John Wick’s” David Leitch replacing Tim Miller as director.