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Dead­pool 2. We love the funny bits where he looks at the cam­era and says cuss words.

DEAD­POOL 2

Writ­ers/pro­duc­ers Paul Wer­nick and Rhett Reese pull back the fourth wall on the su­per­hero com­edy

00:12:51

A FRIDGE TOO FAR

__ Those ex­pect­ing lotsa lols from Dead­pool 2 are jolted early on by the shock­ing mur­der of Dead­pool’s girl­friend, Vanessa (Morena Bac­carin). It led to a back­lash, with the writ­ers (in­clud­ing Ryan Reynolds) ac­cused of ‘fridg­ing’ Vanessa, a term for killing a fe­male char­ac­ter to mo­ti­vate a male hero. “It wasn’t some­thing we were aware of,” ad­mits co-writer/ pro­ducer Rhett Reese. “We’re all learn­ing.”

00:14:48

THE NAME’S POOL… DEAD­POOL __

Vanessa’s death segues straight into a fun, very Bon­dian ti­tle se­quence, com­plete with plenty of Reynolds ca­vort­ing, and Ce­line Dion belt­ing out ‘Ashes’. “We fell in love with that song,” says Wer­nick. “We built the cred­its se­quence around that song. It was tough — the cred­its se­quence in the first movie was so beloved. How do we top it?”

00:58:37

A PETER CAN FLY

__ The shot that launched a thou­sand gifs, as Rob De­laney’s af­fa­ble reg­u­lar bloke, Peter, sails through the air with his X-force com­pan­ions. “That was the one X-force char­ac­ter we in­vented,” says Reese. Peter made such an im­pact that the film’s coda brings him back from an un­for­tu­nate demise. “We loved that the au­di­ence tapped into the Peter thing,” says Wer­nick.

01:17:15

HAVE SHIRT, WILL COCK

__ The long­est scene in the movie, dur­ing which Dead­pool and Ca­ble make semi-nice, also births the word ‘shirt­cock­ing’, which de­scribes the act of wear­ing a shirt whilst de­void of un­der­wear. The term was coined on set by Reynolds’ wife, Blake Lively.

“It ended up be­ing a sig­na­ture joke,” laughs Wer­nick. “I’ve never done shirt­cock­ing in my en­tire life, just for the record.” Uh-huh. Sure.

00:22:49

X-MEN MARKS THE SPOT

__ While

Wade Wil­son whinges about how he never sees any other X-men around the X-man­sion, we see a shot of a host of them silently clos­ing the door on him. It’s a fun gag, shot by X-men: Dark Phoenix di­rec­tor Si­mon Kin­berg, but don’t think too much about how the X-men team of 1993 are around in the present day. “We went for the laugh and didn’t think too much about the logic,” says Wer­nick.

00:59:14

EX-FORCE

__ The film’s stand­out se­quence sees X-force, the su­per-group Dead­pool as­sem­bles to fight Ca­ble, killed in a hi­lar­i­ous se­ries of Omen-style ac­ci­dents. “It was around our third draft where we in­tro­duced that idea,” says Reese. It af­fected the in­clu­sion of char­ac­ters like Terry Crews’ Bed­lam and Bill Skars­gård’s Zeit­geist. “We wanted to use char­ac­ters we didn’t an­tic­i­pate us­ing in a real X-force movie,” adds Reese.

01:36:47

RE­ALLY DEAD­POOL

__ Towards the end, Dead­pool fi­nally carks it (al­beit briefly) with a won­der­fully ab­surd, Python-es­que ex­tended death scene in which Wade Wil­son tests the pa­tience of his fel­low he­roes by ap­pear­ing to die, then come back for a last mono­logue. Or three. “Dead­pool is just nar­cis­sis­tic enough that he would want to put peo­ple through a long death scene,” says Reese.

00:34:23

MAAAAAAT DAAAAAAAAMON

__ As Ca­ble (Josh Brolin) ap­pears in a re­mote field, he takes out two red­necks. The one on the right is Alan Tudyk, and he’s there to dis­tract you from the guy play­ing Red­neck #1. In the cred­its, he’s billed as Dickie Green­leaf, but Em­pire can con­firm that it’s Matt Da­mon un­der a load of make-up. “It was a well-kept se­cret,” laughs Wer­nick. “Some peo­ple don’t even know he’s in the movie!” Not any­more.

00:59:43

THE VANISHER AP­PEARS

__ “We never saw The Vanisher in our draft,” says Wer­nick. “But we thought that would be a per­fect cameo.” And so it proved, with Brad Pitt, a rare A-lis­ter who’s swerved Marvel and DC, show­ing up for an elec­tri­fy­ing two sec­onds as an­other ill-fated X-force mem­ber. “Ryan reached out to him, and it was an easy yes.

A cup of cof­fee was the ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

01:48:49

TURN BACK TIME

__ Dead­pool uses a time gizmo to kill the proto-dead­pool of X-men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine and Ryan Reynolds as he reads the script to Green Lantern. “We wanted to have fun with that,” says Wer­nick. “Ryan loves to make fun of his choices — good or bad.”

DEAD­POOL 2 IS OUT NOW ON DOWN­LOAD, DVD AND BLU-RAY

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