Earlier this week, we got first word of what the first wave of people to see Tim Miller‘s imminent Deadpool though, and the responses have been largely positive from what we’ve seen. There’s been an especial focus put on how the film works with, and takes full advantage of, it’s hard-R rating, which would account for a whole bunch of cursing, random violence, and enough bloodshed to make Quentin Tarantino blush. Despite this impending avalanche of all things gruesome and crass – and hopefully somewhat compelling – in Miller’s film, the director made it clear at a recent fan event that there were definitely some things that were too crude even for a film that seems to be basing its advertising on its own general nastiness.
At the event, Miller pointed specifically at a bar scene that allowed Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller to go off their respective chains in terms of their improvisatory skills. Here’s what he had to say:
“That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean there were so many people offended it would have really been – we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.'”
Miller also mentioned that there were a few violent scenes that he was sad to see cut down or deleted from the film completely, but was very clear that the so-called “mean and offensive” bits would almost certainly not see the light of day. T.J. also commented on his more edgy work with Reynolds, and you can see what he said right below:
“We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful…Ryan’s a very, very good improvisor, and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys. It was very… heavy duty. There were some riffs that I don’t think – ‘You look like a trucker took a shit on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it,’…So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
So, it would seem that Miller’s want for freedom in terms of language and violence hasn’t completely boiled over into tastelessness, which is frankly for the better. As excited as it will no doubt be to see a Marvel film that isn’t clearly engineered to make all ages happy, there’s no need to pointedly tempt fate and court needless controversy simply because the opportunity presents itself.