Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool’s Emotional Filth, Shame Spiral

Anyone who has been exposed to Deadpool, the merc with a mouth in the comic book pages already knows that there’s more here than just another superhero movie. If there’s one thing Deadpool isn’t, it is just another superhero movie. In fact, I’m not even sure if you can call him a superhero. He’s kinda, well, morally challenged.

Ryan Reynolds, who is still committed to playing the character (Fox has optimistically set a 2012 release date for the “Deadpool” movie), recently talked to the LATimes about the script, about the character, and what he calls Deadpool’s “shame spiral”. Sounds fun.

It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes. It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.

Reynolds goes on to describe the “Deadpool” script by “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the same script that Robert Rodriguez has already positively responded to, though it’s looking unlikely he’ll helm the movie given his busy schedule. But hey, there’s still a chance…

With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day. You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back. You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies.’ And yes, I want to write a cookbook about that…

Reynolds also confirms what we already know, that the “Deadpool” movie will veer away from the character that showed up in the “Wolverine” movie, and the insane Deadpool will, when the need arises, break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience.

So if you’re not familiar with the character, forget what you saw in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. That wasn’t Deadpool. That was some sanitized version of Deadpool that Reynolds just had to play and prove that he could. Now that he’s proven he can, it’s time for the real Deadpool.

2012? Oh, if wishes came true…



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    So glad he’s on board for this cause he truly gets the character. And he can do the insanity that is Deadpool such justice it’ll be great when it gets made. I really hope they pull the suit off well. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 should be their template for the suit.