Deadpool, a fictional character played by a Canadian, has exited the U.S. Presidential race.
That's according to Ryan Reynolds, the actor in question, who tweeted the following image:
For anybody who can't see the image or can't read it, here's the message in full, as printed on Deadpool-for-President letterhead:
As you know this morning I announced a possible run for El Presidente 2016. Like everything I do, I put in very little effort and yet still managed to be leading in all major polls & in Guam. But after very little consideration, it's with a heavy heart that I must pull out effective immediately.
I am aware that pulling out is a bit old-fashioned & doesn't guarantee that my politics haven't impregnated the minds of registered voters everywhere with my fresh ideas & cunning intellect. Some may choose to continue to support me as science has show this method of withdrawal only works 78% of the time. You're probably feeling like I robbed you of the intense pleasure of experiencing my presidency to its fullest. I can assure you — I would have made one hell of a chief. And to the other candidates — you're welcome. You just dodged a red-spandexed, katana-wielding, yellow-bubble-babbling ball of badass.
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.