To co­in­cide with the re­lease of Dead­pool 2, Lind­sey Bahr speaks with Hol­ly­wood star Ryan Reynolds about the se­quel to the 2016 smash

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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.

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