Deadpool opened to record-breaking numbers this past Valentine’s Day weekend, thanks to a pheonomonal marketing campaign. The hyper-violent and comedic Marvel character has been with Ryan Reynolds for several years and the actor is reaping the ultimate benefits of the films success. Fans are so in love with the movie and the character, that they have joined together to create a petition for the character of Deadpool to host Saturday Night Live, reports Entertainment Weekly. No, not Ryan Reynolds, they literally want the Merc with a Mouth himself hosting an episode of SNL.
Deadpool hosting Saturday Night Live would be one incredible and brilliant marketing strategy, it’s almost shocking that it hasn’t already happened in anticipation of the film. Fans took to Change.org to beg Lorne Michaels and Ryan Reynolds to make this happen.
“How would this not be hilarious having Deadpool in sketches, breaking the 4th wall, and inserting some of his brand of humor (obviously toned down a bit for network television)!?!?! I have not watched a full episode of SNL in years because I just haven’t been able to stomach an entire episode, but having Deadpool host, star, and be all over the episode would get the DVR set so I can watch it again and again!!! Not to mention, depending on the musical guest, how awesome would it be to have some Deadpool interpretive dancing while the musical guest was playing? There’s unlimited possibilities!!!”
The petition is absolutely right, there are endless possibilities when you have a completely subversive, meta character such as Deadpool hosting 90-minutes of comedy. The character is known for his crude and foul humor and language, which is something he wouldn’t really be able to get away with on live television unless every other word out of his mouth was bleeped. But getting Reynolds as Deadpool could draw in a few other choice actors to appear.
Ryan Reynolds himself has already hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, where the actor joked about superheroes in the opening monologue. Getting the actor to return to host SNL would absolutely be possible, but the chances of Reynolds dressing up as Deadpool for an entire episode may not be as strong. Would Ryan Reynolds be able to read from the cue cards while his face is covered in the Deadpool mask, for example? Maybe it would be a problem, maybe it wouldn’t be, but the humor and personality of Deadpool would be an absolutely perfect fit for Saturday Night Live.
Deadpool made $132,434,639 on its opening weekend in the U.S., making $325,382,596 worldwide while only being in theaters for six days, with a budget a little under $60 million. The studio has already confirmed that a sequel is on the way, as one should be. The two screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are coming back to write the sequel and they have stated that they don’t want the budget of this Deadpool sequel to be too big. Their reasoning was that Deadpool doesn’t work in a big budget movie, it doesn’t fit the character.
“Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool,” Wernick said. “So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.”
It’s not yet known whether or not the studio and producers agree with this viewpoint, but we shall soon see. The Deadpool SNL petition has close to 40,000 signatures so far, with the goal being 50,000.
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