Released in our theaters in February 2016, Deadpool is a real success and brings in more than 782 million dollars in global revenues for an estimated budget of 58 million greenbacks. Amazing numbers that quickly make Fox want to produce a sequel. Deadpool 2 was released in May 2018 and confirms the success of the first opus by totaling more than $ 785 million at the international box office (for a larger budget than the first film: $ 110 million). You will understand, in front of such a plebiscite, the studios (since bought by Disney) are launching the idea of a third part. Currently in the works, Deadpool 3 will be written by a new screenwriting duo: sisters Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin, known for their work on the Bob’s Burger and The Great North series.
If today the career of Ryan Reynolds is doing wonderfully, it is thanks to his incarnation of Deadpool in the film of Tim Miller, because before slipping into the red and black costume, the Canadian actor accumulated failures in the box -office. Yet the actor has spent more than 10 years trying to find his way to his trash and irreverent anti-hero into theaters. Go back.
The bad Deadpool
After having lent a hand to Wesley Snipes in Blade Trinity (2004), Reynolds is with the poster of another film adapted from comics: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he already plays Deadpool. But his interpretation of the mercenary leaves much to be desired and disappoints the fans. In an interview with the American magazine People, the actor explains: “It was a very frustrating experience. I was already linked to the solo movie Deadpool, but we didn’t have a script yet at the time. X-Mens Origins has arrived, and I was more or less told “Play Deadpool in this movie or we’ll give the part to someone else.” So I replied that I was going to do it but that it was not the right version of the character.“.
What’s more, the filming of the first spin-off of the X-Men saga took place during the writers’ strike, which didn’t make things any easier. The actor remembers: “We were in production, there was no screenwriter. Every line of dialogue, I wrote it myself, because in the script the only thing that was written was ‘Wade Wilson is coming in, he talks really fast’ … What am I? was supposed to do with that?”
A scenario developed in secret
After the release of Wolverine and in the face of repeated refusals by Fox to devote an entire feature film to Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds accepts the role of DC team superhero, Green Lantern. The film was a complete commercial failure – it raked in $ 220 million in worldwide revenue for a budget of $ 200 million. Martin Campbell’s feature film jeopardizes the career of the actor who has failed at the box office: RIPD Phantom Brigade, Standard Exchange, Renaissances …
But in 2010, in great secrecy, Reynolds began to develop a script for his film Deadpool. As he explains in an interview for The Hollywood Reporter, he developed the script for the film while filming Green Lantern, in collaboration with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. “What most people don’t know is that they came to New Orleans, and while I was filming Green Lantern, we were all writing Deadpool together. We developed the story of the original Deadpool movie in a Green Lantern budget house, ”the actor explained. (Was that when the trio wrote the joke about the digital green costume that appears at the start of Deadpool?)
They write a slightly watered-down version of the Deadpool they had in mind, so as to convince the production more easily. In front of the positive reactions of the fans when a video-test leaked “inadvertently” on the Internet, Fox finally decides to finance the feature film.
Ryan Reynolds’ alter-ego: Deadpool
However, Ryan Reynolds was not yet at the end of his sentences. Indeed, as he explained in GQ magazine in November 2016, the shooting of Deadpool was not easy and in front of the creative enthusiasm of Tim Miller and the writers, the actor was sometimes obliged to defend his vision: “There are things that I master very well about the tone and the character. And I’m the one who’s been on this project the longest, apart from the people who worked on the comics. I have been pushing this rock of Sisyphus up the hill for eleven years and falling on me. So I’ll be right all over the place.“The actor does not hide, in fact, that he considers Deadpool as his alter-ego, as the personality of the anti-hero Marvel is close to his.
Even after filming, the production continued to have some doubts about the final product. It was ultimately thanks to Emma Watts, one of the leaders of Fox, that the film was able to come out as Reynolds wanted: “She really helped us implement the version we wanted to release to screens. And as you know this version is rather obscene, “says the actor. And it is this irreverence that made the success of Deadpool in the cinema and revived the career of the actor.
After the two parts of the Marvel saga, Ryan Reynolds appeared in Pokémon Detective Pikachu ($ 433 million internationally on a budget of $ 150 million), Hobbs & Shaw – the spin-off of the Fast & Furious saga. ($ 1 billion in revenue on a budget of $ 200 million) – and landed the lead role in the action flick Michael Bay signed for Netflix, 6 Underground. Role for which the Canadian actor pocketed the modest sum of $ 27 million. In addition to Deadpool 3, Reynolds will soon be starring in the comedy Free Guy, the adaptation of the board game Cluedo and should play the knight Dirk the Bold in the Netflix adaptation of the video game Dragon’s Lair.
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