One of Marvel Comics’ most controversial and unconventional characters is getting his own movie, and it’s coming to theaters soon. Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool, and the film does indeed have a hard R rating, which thrills the fans and upsets a lot of those who are a bit more conventional. Director Tim Miller has now revealed that there was a lot of improvisation done on set and plenty of scenes had to be deleted, and there was one that just went “too far.”
There is no doubt that Deadpool is going to offend a lot of people. The green-band trailer did that enough, but the red-band trailer surely got under the skin of plenty of people, and it’s only a small taste of what the movie will bring.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote the screenplay, but when Reynolds signed on to take the main role, it was obvious that improvisation was coming.
According to ComicBookResources, Miller revealed at a sneak peek in Los Angeles on Monday that the movie could have gone much further down a bad path. Miller was asked if he had to cut any moments from Deadpool and if anything ended up as a deleted scene.
“There was a bunch of stuff, honestly. [Such as]…an extended version[of a fight scene with] a couple more beats of violence there that I liked.”
Violence is one thing that has a lot of critics up in arms over Deadpool because they think it’s just too much for some people to handle. A lot of the criticism, though, is coming from people that don’t know much about the Merc with a Mouth or what he’s really like in the comic books.
The comics actually have a bit more freedom sometimes, as the MPAA isn’t hovering over them to determine what kind of rating they will get. An NC-17 rating is essentially cinematic death and will result in a release so limited that a film may not even make it into 100 theaters.
Luckily, Deadpool ended up with a hard R rating domestically, and internationally, it has a PG-13 rating, but that will still hurt its box office numbers. The film has already been banned in China, as reported by Screen Rant, because the Chinese censorship authorities consider it too violent, verbally vulgar, and too sexually promiscuous for the general public.
For those who have seen the trailer, there have been small snippets of a bar scene that takes place between Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller. A couple of funny lines are thrown out, but the completed film likely has a lot more to come.
Tim Miller said though that particular bar scene is one that saw the two actors given free range to improvise and it got to be a bit much.
“That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean there were so many people offended it would have really been – we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.'”
Some are already hoping that the deleted bar scene in question is one that will end up in a director’s cut or maybe on the Blu-ray home release. T.J. Miller also spoke on being in the scene and pretty much confirmed that the back-and-forth cut scenes will likely never see the light of day.
“We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful… Ryan’s a very, very good improvisor, and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys. It was very… heavy duty. There were some riffs that I don’t think – ‘You look like a trucker took a s**t on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it.’… So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
For now, it looks as if everyone will have to go with what ends up on screen. Even the most hardcore Deadpool fans shouldn’t be disappointed, though, as the hard R is going to make sure that it is as close to the comics as possible.
Deadpool will hit theaters on February 12, which is just in time for Valentine’s Day, and the film is honestly being promoted as a “date movie.” It’s an extremely clever marketing campaign, but it surely isn’t taking things “too far” like the deleted scenes and completed work is going to do.
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