“Deadpool” was without a doubt one of the biggest runaway hits of 2016, eventually raking in enough cash to become the second-highest grossing R-rated film off all time. Considering its success, it's somewhat easy to forget its long journey to the big screen. The movie took years to finally get off the ground, and when it did, the modest -- for Hollywood -- budget of $58 million meant a lot of corners needed to be cut. That being said, star Ryan Reynolds made sure a few things weren’t forgotten on set, even if that meant digging into his own pockets.
In a recent interview during AMC’s “Geeking Out,” “Deadpool” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese revealed Reynolds personally paid for their own travel expenses to make sure they were on set during filming.
“We were there every day,” they said. “Ryan wanted us there, we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox interestingly wouldn't pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket."
Other reports indicate that Reynolds was just as committed to staying true to Wade Wilson as he was to his creative team, going so far as to cough up $10k for the rights to wear a “Golden Girls” t-shirt in a scene, seeing as how Deadpool is such a huge Bea Arthur fan.
“Deadpool” went on to gross over $760 million, so it seems like Reynold’s investments paid off pretty well. Here’s hoping he doesn't have to juggle expenses for “Deadpool 2” which is on track to begin filming next year -- from another script by Wernick and Rheese, no less.