Ryan Reynolds Says He Was Blackmailed Into Playing Deadpool In X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Saying that he made up a lot of his early dialogue for X-Men Origins: Wolverine due to the Hollywood writers' strike, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds told an audience during a Talks at Google presentation this week that there was an agreement that if he appeared in that film, Wade Wilson/Deadpool would get a solo movie.

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds said, "They sew his mouth shut, let lasers come out of his eyes. He has weird knives that fly out of his hands. I remember saying, 'That's really going to anger some people. That's not Deadpool.' And they basically said, 'Well, you can play him or we can hire someone else to play him.' So for me it was...I was a little bit blackmailed."

You can see him sharing the story, with some foul language and laughs, below.


Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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    • TurtleDude
    • 2339 Posts in 31 Months

    Says a lot about FOX

    • AdrFax
    • 22 Posts in 12 Months

    Definitely. I can't see how the producers deliberately intended to mess with people's expectations, but looking back at the whole Fant4stic disaster, perhaps the writers' strike forced the producers of Origins craft a last minute third act with that bogus mutant killer?

  1. So glad they fired the old Fox president and cleaned house. Since the president/studio head come in 2010 it's been a lot better First Class, Dofp, Deadpool etc

  2. And this is the studio that repeatedly destroys the canon we all know and love, yet you asshats keep handing over money to see terrible versions of X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the like.... I hope Deadpool's opening weekend was a huge wake up call for Fox - make the movies we all want to see, and we'll come out in droves to see them! It isn't a hard concept, for reference, see anything done by Marvel Studios, namely Avengers, and where they rank on all time box office standings

  3. Sounds nothing like blackmail. 'Well if you dont want the role, someone else gets it'....that's how movie roles work. It's more like he's trying to cover his ass. $20 says he loved the idea originally.

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