Ask any employer, and a large majority of them will say that multi-tasking is an essential skill to survive in the professorial world. However, when balancing several plates in the air, sometimes you just need a bit of “dumb f—ing luck,” as Ryan Reynolds bluntly describes the 11-year process of bringing the anti-hero “Deadpool” to the big screen.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former Sexiest Man Alive spoke candidly about the various ups and downs he has experienced over his 25-year acting career, from his early days on Canadian television to potentially receiving an Oscar nomination for “Deadpool,” the R-rated superhero comedy he produced and starred in. He also revealed that he began masterminding the Merc With a Mouth’s cinematic origin story with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick while “Green Lantern” was being filmed.
“What a lot of people don’t know is [Reese and Wernick] flew to New Orleans and, while I was shooting ‘Green Lantern,’ we were actually all together writing ‘Deadpool,'” Reynolds shared, adding, “We were breaking the story of the original ‘Deadpool’ movie in a house that was being paid for by ‘Green Lantern’s’ dime.”
Reynolds had accepted the part of Green Lantern after repeatedly being told “Deadpool” would never be made. However, he was worried he’d lose a shot at a role he was “born to play.” As he took the part of the Emerald Crusader, “I thought, ‘If Green Lantern is a huge hit, they’re never gonna accept me as both, and if Green Lantern is a huge failure — which it ended up being — they’re never going to hire me.”
While he met his current wife, Blake Lively, on the set of “Green Lantern,” not much else was going well for the actor at the time. Then, 2014’s internet leak of the “Deadpool” test footage shot by director Tim Miller hit the web. After that, the twisted pieces of a raunchy superhero action comedy came together and subsequently became one of the 50 highest grossing domestic films of all time.
Despite the departure in October of director Tim Miller over “creative differences,” the “Deadpool” sequel is targeting a Jan. 2, 2018, release, with “John Wick’s” David Leitch behind the camera. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) will return for the sequel.
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