Deadpool Scribes Weigh In On Opening Credits Gag


Deadpool Scribes Weigh In On Opening Credits Gag

Part and parcel of Deadpool‘s immediate appeal was the way in which Ryan Reynold’s Merc With a Mouth, in remaining true to his comic book origins, broke through the fourth wall with reckless abandon, and that proved to be a running thread through the entirety of Tim Miller’s R-rated feature.

Setting out its stall from the get-go, the opening credits proved to be as much a parody of other opening sequences as it was a good-natured jib at the cast and crew involved, even poking fun at the director as an “overpaid tool.”


As the camera looped around the three-dimensional freeze frame, there was also a nod to the film’s writers – Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – as “the real heroes,” and the pair recently weighed in on that label in an interview with Creative Screenwriting.

Flippant though it may be, Reese and Wernick revealed that there is a shard of truth to the description, which was essentially designed to subvert the filmmaking hierarchy.

“We came up with that actually. We just figured that it was a fun nod to the heartache as we’ve had on this thing over the last six and a half years. Screenwriters aren’t at the top of the food chain in the feature world. They often should be, but sometimes they take second billing. It was a fun, fun way for us to poke fun at the hierarchy. We had heroic moments for sure on this movie.”

Speaking in a separate piece with io9, Reese and Wernick went on to discuss Deadpool‘s abrupt $7 million budget cut.

“We had to carve something like $7-8 million out of the budget in a 48-hour window. And we, as a group, just put our heads together, got creative, and said ‘How do we cut what is essentially nine pages out of a 110 page script?”

Deadpool is out now in theaters. If you’ve already had you fix of the Merc With a Mouth, why not have a glance at our favorite moments from the film?

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