There’s a lot that makes Deadpool different from the apparently endless stream of other superhero movies.
It’s genuinely funny, seemingly effortless (compared to its counterparts) and decidedly grown up.
So Ryan Reynold’s admission that he’d quite like to see his character have a boyfriend shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Mostly because the character is pansexual, even though he only flirts a little bit with men in the first movie.
In an interview with Variety, Reynolds said:
“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.”
Unfazed by the apprehension around including same-sex relationships in superhero films (a fear of alienating audiences), Reynolds said:
“That’s not really a problem for us, because we were banned in China.
“We were rated ‘F–k you!’ in China.”
He adds that the way he saw and wanted Deadpool to be was feminine, and that he had to ask stunt doubles to add in a few sashays here and there to keep within his vision.
In the same interview, the actor shared that they have outlines and stories for a number of different films, and he hopes for a standalone movie with Deadpool and Wolverine.
Though Hugh Jackman is set to retire his character this year, Reynolds says the power is in the audience’s (our) hands:
“It’s the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.”
Given that Deadpool has been nominated for a Golden Globe (nominated for a best-picture award and best actor nominee) and with Oscar season coming up (which could see Deadpool making a characteristically unconventional appearance), we reckon Jackman would have a hard time saying no.
As he starts filming the new movie this year, Reynolds shared that he has had his fair share of anxiety both as a child and during post-production of the first film.
“I have three older brothers,” he says. “Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”
When it came to writing the script for Deadpool, Reynolds said:
“I’d write 10 more jokes, I never, ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle — just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time.
By the time we were in post [for Deadpool], we’d been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it. The expectations were eating me alive. Blake helped me through that.”
It’s not the first time he’s shared his struggle with meeting expectations, but given that he fought passionately to make Deadpool for 11 years, can you blame him?
The second installment of Deadpool is set to come out in 2018.