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Simon Kinberg Insists ‘Deadpool’ Will Still Be “Graphic Hard-R,” Director Compares Tone To ‘Fight Club’

Simon Kinberg Insists ‘Deadpool’ Will Still Be “Graphic Hard-R,” Director Compares Tone To ‘Fight Club’

Anyone notice that Ryan Reynolds might be channeling his goofy, motor mouth Deadpool character a little too much on Twitter? Like to the point where maybe he’s not really making much sense? To wit: he told EW this week that he wants to make out with whomever leaked that test “Deadpool” footage last year because the fan response was so good that 20th Century Fox was inspired to greenlight the movie.

“And not just a little kiss,” he said, “but full on the mouth, sloppy, with tongue, for two straight minutes on live television, without commercial interruption. And then I’ll buy you dinner at Red Lobster, at least, and dessert.”

Anyhow, much was made about the showcase film for “Deadpool,” Marvel‘s famed merc with a mouth, being R-Rated. Fans insisted it had to be made as such, as did the filmmakers —after all, the Deadpool character is super irreverent, dropping lots of F-bombs, and his exploits in the comics are very generally pretty violent.

READ MORE: Simon Kinberg Creating A Shared Comic Book Movie Universe For Fox’s Marvel Characters 

The R-Rated conversation around the movie became such a hot-button talking point for fans that Reynolds went as far as to create an elaborate April Fool’s Joke earlier this year, telling fans that the movie would be PG-13, only to renege and say, “don’t worry, it will be R-Rated.”

And the filmmakers are really doubling down on the intensity of that rating. In today’s EW piece, which reveals a new Deadpool image you can see above, producer Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the upcoming “Fantastic Four”) says the movie will be explicit and earn its adults-only rating.

“Deadpool is a hard R,” Kinberg claimed. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.” OK, Matthew Vaughn, you’ve been warned. But does that mean noxious, vile and corrosive in the way Mark Millar’s works often are? Let’s hope not.

First-time director Tim Miller points to a very different touchstone: a classic David Fincher film. “I felt ‘Fight Club’ and Tyler Durden were good corollaries,” he said. “We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny ‘X-Men’ world.”

Sounds dark. We’ll find out just how out there “Deadpool” is on February 12, 2016, obviously an anti-Valentine’s day release. Additional photo via Empire.

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