20th Century Fox’s long-awaited Deadpool movie may enter theaters in only a few weeks’ time wearing its R rating proudly for all to see, though when director Tim Miller wrapped filming, there were still some “offensive” scenes that were doomed to the cutting room floor.
Bearing in mind that the film’s excellent marketing team have been championing the crude and irreverent nature of the Ryan Reynolds-fronted actioner – which is already garnering rave reviews – if a scene is deemed inappropriate for Miller’s rendition of Deadpool, then it really ought to be axed.
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It all comes down to the way Reynolds and co-star T.J. Miller played fast and loose with dialogue, with the pair improvising many of the by-now famous one-liners glimpsed in the film’s trailers. For Miller (the director) though, it became a process of vetting the content that Reynolds and Miller (the actor) produced.
“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.’”
T.J. Miller, who is on board to play Deadpool’s partner-in-crime Weasel, also had a thing or two to say about the content that didn’t make the cut.
“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 shit on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it,’…So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
It was the superhero flick that never said die and now, after almost ten years of wrangling a vision into shape and waiting for the stars to align, Tim Miller’s Deadpool will put paid to any Valentine’s Day plans when it hits theaters on February 12. To get the lowdown on the Merc With a Mouth ahead of his standalone debut, check out our essential guide.