Deadpool 2 Director Reveals What Makes Ryan Reynolds The Perfect Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds at South by South westGetty

Ever since he first slid into that iconic red onesie Ryan Reynolds has lived each day like he really was Deadpool.

Seriously, you only need to read Reynold’s Twitter feed to realise that he essentially is the chimichanga chomping Merc with a Mouth that every one love and adores.

Now with the impending release of his next hilarious film, we spoke to the director of Deadpool 2 to find out what Ryan’s like on set and chat about the former Green Lantern’s performance.

Taking time out of his busy day promoting Deadpool 2 to talk to UNILAD David Leitch explained what it is that makes Ryan the real-life Wade Wilson.

He said: 

I think there’s a self-deprecating nature to Deadpool and to Ryan that’s charming and, by the way, genuine.

In some ways, Deadpool is not a ‘woke’ American male but he does have a huge heart and he really wants to do well, and you can see the folly in it.

I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about Deadpool and I think Ryan gets that and is self-aware enough to make fun of himself and I think that’s the sign of a good human being, the ability to laugh at yourself.

Deadpool 2 continues the adventures of Wade Wilson the lovable mercenary with a heart of gold and a mouth filthier than a first-year uni student’s laundry basket.

Still of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool20th Century Fox

This time Wade’s up against a far more formidable threat than a man named Francis though, he’s going head-to-head with his best buddy to be Cable (Josh Brolin), a time travelling super soldier.

To take on this part-mechanical menace Wade’s going to need some serious back-up and form his own team of franchisable super-folk known as X-Force.

Making up the team we’ve got the formidable Bedlam, the deadly Shatterstar, the invisible Vanisher, the weirdly named Zeitgeist, the lucky Domino and rounding out the team a regional sales representative called Peter.

Still from Deadpool 2 (Ryan Reynolds)20th Century Fox

Cable and the X-Force have been properties 20th Century Fox have been keen to introduce into their X-Men Universe for a few years now.

Discussions began as far back as 2015 before the release of the first Deadpool film when the creative team behind it were plotting a sequel to the Merc with a Mouth’s first movie.

There had even been plans to include him in Days of Future Past that were kiboshed when it became clear that the perfect opportunity to have the character appear would be the Deadpool sequel.

Ryan Reynolds at Deadpool PremiereGetty

What the future holds for Deadpool, Cable and the X-Force we don’t know.

You’d expect that with the popularity of the first film and the incredible pre-sale ticket numbers that a Deadpool 3 would be on the cards but Ryan Reynolds has distanced himself from that idea.


For Deadpool 3, you know, it’s an odd thing to say but I don’t think there will be a Deadpool 3. I think going forward it would be an X-Force movie, which would be his team, so to speak.

When we asked David about the character’s future he seemed more confident that the regenerating renegade would return.

He told UNILAD:

Oh I’d love to play in the Deadpool universe again and I’d love to collaborate with Ryan in the future. I’m in if there’s another journey that we can go on, whether it’s X-Force or another Deadpool adventure I want to be involved.

Where it goes next? I don’t know, I think you can put Deadpool anywhere or plop him into any universe and that’s what’s interesting about him.

Maybe we could go unconventional with it, you know? Deadpool in World War 2 or Deadpool in a period romance film, I think you can do anything and I think the possibilities are endless with the character.

Would you like to see Wade fighting off Nazis or in a period drama? I’ve got to be honest ‘Pride and Deadjudice’ does have a certain ring to it?

Deadpool 2 hits UK cinema on May 15.

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