Deadpool 2 saw the titular hero murder his past-self from the universally-vilified X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Merc with a Mouth also killed his own actor, Ryan Reynolds, before he could accept the lead role in the panned Green Lantern movie. Considering all of this, it’s no secret that 20th Century Fox gave Reynolds a fair amount of creative control with the film.
However, during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Reynolds revealed that his first pitch for the plot of the highly-anticipated Deadpool sequel was met with a resounding “no.” According to Reynolds, his original idea for Deadpool 2 was for the film’s entire story to revolve around “Deadpool trying to steal the big red chair from The Voice.” Unsurprisingly, Reynolds was told that this idea was “just the dumbest thing ever.”
That said, Reynolds would ultimately have the last laugh. His original Voice pitch was followed up by his idea to include the X-Force, which Fox obviously took to, as it reminded them of Marvel Studios’ ensemble Avengers films. Of course, he then revealed to them that the whole thing would actually be a big farce, most of the team would be killed off and Brad Pitt would end up getting less than second of face time. Still, you have to wonder what Deadpool 2 would have been like had Fox actually signed off on Reynolds’ bizarre original pitch.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film is now out on digital HD (including the “Super Duper Cut“) and will be available on Blu-ray on Aug. 21.
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