Ryan Reynolds talks about playing DEADPOOL in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

     March 14, 2009



Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub



Just a few hours ago I was doing roundtable interviews with the cast of director Greg Mattola’s “Adventureland” movie. In the coming days I’ll be posting full transcripts, but I wanted to get some of Ryan Reynolds comments posted immediately.


That’s because Ryan is playing Deadpool in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” movie and I figured you’d like to read what he said right now. Also, since many have speculated that he’ll be starring in a separate “Deadpool” movie, I figured let’s not talk about rumors and post his exact thoughts instead.



If you’re looking forward to “Wolverine”, Ryan talks about filming some of the action sequences and reveals he shot an extended sword fight. Also, he confirms lots of other mutants will be featured in the film.



But the big info is he confirms he’s had meetings about a separate “Deadpool” movie. Here’s what he said, “I’ve had a couple of people approach me about meetings for a “Deadpool” movie but I think it’s absurd to think that way until this movie comes out. And I don’t even look at it like I play Deadpool in this movie. I really think I more or less play Wade Wilson, and I’m playing the creature that will eventually become Deadpool but in this movie it’s his newly formed version….so to speak.”



Look for more on “Adventureland” soon, but here’s all his stuff on playing Deadpool.




Question: So you’ve got a pretty big summer movie coming out. Did you go after it or did they come after you?



Ryan Reynolds: Do you mean “Wolverine” or “The Proposal”?



Wolverine.



Well that character is something I’ve been mentioned about for a long, long time now. The character in the comic book – Deadpool – even mentioned me playing him. So I think it was in some weird way it was a little bit destined. I love that character. I love that franchise. I love that whole vibe and I was happy to jump in there and do it.



Were you forced to read comic books?



I’ve read them before. I read the Deadpool series back in the ‘90’s. But I’m not a huge comic-book reader, per se. I’ll check out Archie when I’m in the grocery line but that’s about it.



You obviously have scenes with Hugh, could you talk a bit about working with him or the fight scenes or the big action stuff.



Yeah they’re intense. Movies like this have a lot of big personalities in one room and you think that’s going to be combustible but it was just the opposite. I looked at it like an ensemble really, there was a huge amount of people with heavy storylines that they’re trying to pack into this one movie so it was a shockingly chummy set. Everybody was into what they were doing and because of that it was a bonding experience to a certain degree. But the action sequences are amazing. I’d never done anything in that scope before. I’d done action movies but not like this. It was pretty wild.



I know there has been some talk about taking Deadpool off on his own. Any update?



No. These things work pretty slowly. I’ve had a couple of people approach me about meetings for a “Deadpool” movie but I think it’s absurd to think that way until this movie comes out. And I don’t even look at it like I play Deadpool in this movie. I really think I more or less play Wade Wilson, and I’m playing the creature that will eventually become Deadpool but in this movie it’s his newly formed version….so to speak.



I wanted to know about the action scenes. When you’re doing a movie like Wolverine, do they take days and days to film? I’m just curious what goes on to prepare you to do that kind of stuff.



Well I have a sword sequence in the movie that is no less than a minute long in the film but that takes months and months to prepare for. When you think about it like that it’s vaguely depressing, but when you actually do it, it’s worth it. When you see on the screen that it’s me and not a stunt person and I’m doing it…those take a long time but, yeah, they’re slow. We had action sequences that took weeks. We had one fight sequence that took weeks to shoot.



Obviously the movie is called Wolverine but how much are you in it?



Initially it started out as a cameo and they added a little bit more. For the most part it’s definitely Hugh’s movie but it also has an ensemble feel. There are a lot of guys in it. There are a lot of characters. They added a bunch of mutants that the fanboys really love. I initially jumped in there because I had to shoot The Proposal and this other movie called Paper Man while they were shooting Wolverine so I was committed to those already when they approached me for the role, so I just said, “look, if you can make it work, make it work.” So we ended up going to do additional photography at the end of Wolverine because I still hadn’t shot the lion’s share of what I was supposed to shoot. So a lot of people thought they were adding scenes because they added more Deadpool, but it was just a function of me finishing the movie that I hadn’t completed yet.

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