THE CANADIAN ACTOR IS BACK IN THE GAME AS MARVEL’S LATEST ON-SCREEN SUPERHERO, DEADPOOL.
The comicbook genre is littered with actors who’ve pulled on the tights and left a trail of disappointed nerds in their wake. George Clooney’s still apologising for 1997’s Batman & Robin, and it’d take a brave man to suit up again. A hero, you might say. But that’s exactly what Ryan Reynolds is doing after his lacklustre foray in 2011’s Green Lantern. This time he plays Marvel’s Deadpool: the wisecracking antihero with superhuman healing abilities and anger issues. We caught up with the 39-year-old in New York to discuss his return to the genre, riding motorbikes with wife, Blake Lively, and changing baby daughter James’ nappies. GQ: Deadpool has a good mix of action and comedy. Was that the attraction? Ryan Reynolds: The biggest thing was developing the most authentic Deadpool we could get on the screen – and have the studio pay for it.
GQ: That always helps.
RR: Yeah, doing it at home alone is not fun, though I have been for years – as my poor wife knows. But the action stuff I’ve never really cared about – I don’t sit there and go, ‘We’ve got to land that better.’ Deadpool is physically gifted, so he can do some pretty amazing things, but that’s why we have stunt coordinators and stuntmen.
GQ: There are a lot of superhero movies right now. Any apprehension about doing another? RR: I can’t for the life of me think why anyone would make me a superhero again after Green Lantern. But the fact is, Deadpool’s the only reason I’m back in the ring. It’s something I’ve been close to for a long time and that I’ve been, on paper, right for, as we share a lot of sensibilities. Also, our movie is one-ffteenth the budget of a normal superhero movie – we don’t carry with us the baggage that sinks ships.
GQ: And careers?
RR: Exactly. As long as you don’t have any end-of-the-world scenarios – that’s the stuff that costs a fortune. When it’s just Deadpool feeling pissed off because he looks like a deep-fried testicle, that’s relatively inexpensive. He lives in an apartment that looks like it’s primarily made out of syphilis – he’s a guy that’s basically turned a shitty situation into an angry one.
GQ: Say you can choose any superpower for yourself – what would it be? RR: Oh gosh, I don’t know. Eighty per cent of them are so dumb anyway. It’s not a superpower, but I’d love someone to invent an automatic nappy-changing facility that’s affordable and easy on the baby.
GQ: There are probably a lot of new dads in agreement. Time for a Kickstarter campaign? RR: Yeah, let’s Kickstart that fucker.
GQ: When not changing nappies, you’re into motorbikes. Studios are OK with you riding? RR: You’d be surprised. Maybe it’s because the studio’s comfortable with me dying tragically, but I’ve never had a studio say, ‘Don’t do that.’
GQ: How about your wife?
RR: That’s such a sexist comment [laughs]. She’s fne with me riding. I’m older now, I don’t ride the way I used to – I’m more conservative.
GQ: Does she ride pillion? RR: Does that mean behind?
GQ: Yeah. RR: Yeah, she likes going on the bike.
GQ: Can she ride?
RR: She’s never tried but she can actually – she knows how to wrench a bit now, too.
GQ: Sounds pretty hot.
RR: Yeah, it’s kind of hot. This is a curious feeling I have right now, in my pants.
GQ: Easy tiger. Last one, why are all Canadians so nice? RR: Oh no. I can introduce you to some absolute c**ts if you want? Some real doozies. Deadpool is in cinemas February 11