HIT THE ROAD, AJAX

Ris­ing Brit star Ed Skrein is Dead­pool’s neme­sis

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Deadpool - Nick Setch­field

What does Ajax bring to this story?

When it comes to my parts the movie just kind of slows down, it be­comes grounded, it gets a lot darker. It’s a very dif­fer­ent dy­namic when it’s Ajax time. It’s the dark and the light, the yin and the yang. Hope­fully I’m com­ple­ment­ing Dead­pool’s light­ness and mak­ing him seem even fun­nier. And hope­fully his light­ness is mak­ing me seem even darker.

The film has a self- aware tone. Was that easy for you to lock into?

We’re con­stantly mak­ing ref­er­ences to mod­ern pop cul­ture in real life, aren’t we, and quot­ing things from se­ries and movies and stuff like that. It’s a bit more real to be ref­er­enc­ing mod­ern pop cul­ture and be­ing a bit meta than never ref­er­enc­ing it be­cause you’re afraid if you men­tion Justin Bieber then you step out of the world of Marvel. The won­der­ful thing about the Marvel uni­verse is that it’s based in re­al­ity but with that won­der­ful el­e­ment of fan­tasy. And Dead­pool has that dy­namic.

It’s a film that has an un­flinch­ing ap­proach to vi­o­lence. Was that a con­cern for you?

It is some­thing that I think about. I’ve got a young son. I want him to know the re­al­i­ties of vi­o­lence. There’s re­ally no pos­i­tive side to the re­al­ity of vi­o­lence. But there is a pos­i­tive side when you’re play­fight­ing. It’s the best way ever to be vi­o­lent, in a safely con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment on a film set. But I don’t want peo­ple to think that vi­o­lence is some­thing that comes with­out neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tions. From the be­gin­ning we were con­scious that there had to be con­se­quences. If some­one gets hit in the face their eye’s go­ing to be black. If some­one gets smashed in their jaw they’re go­ing to break their jaw. There’s al­ways a neg­a­tive side, even for the “win­ner”.

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