Wade Wilson gets the movie he deserves with “Deadpool” this weekend, but as fans know, the journey has been a tough one. 20th Century Fox first brought the character to life in the woeful “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” with Ryan Reynolds playing a completely misconceived version of the character — they took the Merc With A Mouth, and sewed his mouth shut. Comic fans were rightfully baffled, and it was bizarre move in a picture that already had its share of problems. Speaking recently on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Reynolds revealed that though his appearance was only meant as a cameo (he was shooting the rom-com “The Proposal” at the same time), he wound up doing more work than expected due to the WGA writer’s strike which happened during production.
“Every line in the movie I wrote myself because in the script that we had it just said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ And it was like, ‘What? What am I supposed to do with that?’ ” he said.
It was a disheartening experience for Reynolds, and he reveals that after the character’s mouth got stitched up, that mostly marked the end of his participation in the film.
Reynolds also adds that he warned executives (who, among other things, decided Deadpool should have laser eyes) that fans were going to be upset. He was right.
Listen to his full comments below. “Deadpool,” as he was meant to be portrayed, arrives in cinemas today.