Even those mildly interested in comic books probably know Stan Lee, either through reading Marvel comic books or through his cameo appearances in the film adaptations of his creations. It's rather difficult to point to a Marvel film which doesn't have a Stan Lee cameo, and the recent Deadpool film is certainly no different, but, as Mr. Lee reveals about his Deadpool appearance, things aren't always quite what they seem.
Deadpool Creator Stan Lee Reveals The Secret Truth About His Newest Cameo AppearanceLast week, Stan Lee took the time to appear at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, and during that convention, Stan opened up about his appearance in Deadpool, revealing that his presence in that strip club was a bit of Hollywood movie magic. Lee may lose points with some of his adult male fans for admitting this, but he never actually stepped foot in the strip club, as was seen in the Deadpool film.
"I don't know if I should tell you the truth about that cameo. I was not in the topless dancing place," Lee said. "I did that in a studio, and then they put it into the movie. And I'm damn mad about that! I made them promise on the next one, I'm going to be right there."
The big reveal from Lee resulted in a big round of sympathetic "awwws" from his fans.
It seems Stan is eager to make up for that, though. Mr. Lee revealed that he'll be heading out to the east coast soon where he'll provide cameo appearances in three new Marvel films. Unfortunately, Lee wouldn't say which films were currently in production back east.
Stan Lee Gets Caught In A Fib!The revelation that Stan wasn't actually on site for the Deadpool strip club scene comes only a short time after Lee spoke about wishing he'd had more time to spend in the club. In Deadpool, Stan is seen playing an emcee in the strip club where love interest to Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), is employed. In speaking about that scene, Lee says he would have liked to have spent more time in the club, but now, some months later, the Deadpool creator says he was never actually on site at the club at all.
"I wish I had spent more time in the strip club," Lee said in the earlier Deadpool interview. "They had me in and out too quickly."
Mr. Lee can probably be forgiven for his little white lie, considering that he's so devoted to his Marvel films that he would likely say or do anything to draw attention to his superheroes. In fact, the Marvel comic book writer says he hopes Marvel will always make room for him in their film adaptations.
"I get such a kick out of doing it," says Lee. "The fans seem to like it."
If Stan is to be believed, which is somewhat questionable in light of his recent fabrication, he's the reason Marvel films are dominating the box offices. The Deadpool writer says success has less to do with all powerful superheroes fighting for those who can't defend themselves and more to do with his winsome smile.
"I'm going to tell you a secret, here's the reason the movies make so much money: My cameo. A man takes a girl to the movie, right? They're watching the movie and they bend down to get some popcorn. In so doing, they miss my cameo. Now the movie ends, and they say, 'My God, we missed Stan's cameo!' So what do they do? They run to the box office and buy two more tickets and see it again. That's why the movies do so well, because of my cameos."Stan Lee may have a point there, but don't tell Deadpool. He's likely to take it personally.
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