Ryan Reynolds Reveals What Playing Deadpool Did To His Mental Health

by : Tom Percival on : 13 Nov 2016 15:57

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has revealed how playing everyone’s favourite fourth-wall breaking Merc’ with a Mouth affected his mental health. 

Ryan confessed that he had a ‘little bit of a nervous breakdown’ after filming this year’s Deadpool and suffered from anxiety due to the pressure on him to deliver a faithful adaptation of Marvel’s infamous mercenary.


In an interview with GQ Ryan revealed that working on the film for a year meant his health suffered due to the increased ‘attention’ on him.


He explained:

I felt like I was on some schooner in the middle of a white squall the whole time. It just never stopped.

When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety’.

I say this with the caveat that I completely recognise the ridiculously fortunate position that I am in. But the attention is hard on your nervous system – that might be why I live out in the woods. And I was banging the loudest drum for Deadpool. I wasn’t just trying to open it; I was trying to make a cultural phenomenon.



Ryan’s drum banging paid off eventually though and Deadpool went on to become the highest grossing r-rated movie ever, with a sequel already in the works.

It’s not been plain sailing on the sequel so far though with director Tim Miller allegedly leaving the project over ‘creative differences’.

Deadpool 2 doesn’t have an official title yet although we do know that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the original film, are writing the sequel’s script.


Sienna Miller, Ruby Rose, Lizzy Caplan and Sofia Boutella are also allegedly in the running for the film’s female lead, the popular Marvel mutant Domino.

If you want to worry about anything Ryan get anxious over Green Lantern, I’m not sure if anyone’s forgotten that one yet.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Film and TV


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