DEAD SET FOR SEQUEL
To coincide with the release of Deadpool 2, Lindsey Bahr speaks with Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds about the sequel to the 2016 smash
After being stuck in development for more than a decade, Deadpool broke box-office records and shattered preconceived notions about what a far from family friendly superhero movie could do when it debuted in February 2016. Now the foul-mouthed mercenary is back with a sequel that’s gearing up to play in the big leagues. on the first script together for years before it even got close to being greenlit and while shooting the first film, we were already coming up with a story for the second one. But at the time it wasn’t something that was a reality; it was just something we loved. I think that at the end of the day the driving force behind Deadpool is that there are a great number of people who absolutely love every aspect of it. I think that’s what translates to the audience. There is an authentic joy and love for what we’re doing and we have so much fun doing it and you can’t help but feel that through the screen. movies and at the heart of Deadpool is always a very emotional story. You have to circle around that before you think about comedy bits or trying to incite reactions or that sort of thing. So Deadpool 2 is really, at its core, about how one act of kindness can change the world. It’s sort of a nature versus nurture story at its heart and that’s critical to the film as a whole. Then you can model which sort of comedic set pieces you want around that. But at the end of the day it’s got to be an engrossing story. Deadpool at his heart is sort of like a child. Like, yeah he can be vulgar, yeah he can act out but at its core there is a certain innocence to other aspects of him and I think that is something that’s really important with the character. He sees the world through the prism of a child’s eyes sometimes and that’s also why he’s tempestuous and obnoxious and misguided. For us that’s been a dream come true as well. Having Deadpool positioned as a summer movie gives us a little more license to go a bit bigger, but at the same time our budgets are not comparable to some of the big Marvel movies. But necessity is the mother of invention so the less we have, the more creative we have to get. It has all the same principles and tenets as the first film which Dave Leitch loved and really wanted to honour, but at the same time there’s a different flavour to it as well because Dave likes to keep major action in the lens as opposed to relying more on CGI. It still has this kind of down and dirty feel, which I love, but it also has so many elements that I think are going to blow audiences away and surprise people. I’m super excited about it. Right now we’re just focusing in on the marketing campaign, which for Deadpool is always to a certain degree an extension of the film itself. We get to have as much fun with the marketing as we do with the actual shooting of the movie.
Hollywood heart-throb Ryan Reynolds is back as a wise-cracking, unconventional superhero in Deadpool 2.