Interview: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds knows a thing or two about comic book movies. His first flirtation with the medium was BLADE: TRINITY in 2004, by which point the Canadian actor had established himself as movie star thanks to a breakthrough turn in NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER.

It was his role in 2009’s X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE that first put Deadpool on his docket. The Marvel Comics character, created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, made an appearance at that film’s finale that was supposed to set up a standalone movie, but given his comic book alter ego was dubbed “The Merc with a Mouth,” it was a surprise to fans that his mouth was sewn shut for his climactic battle with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.

Reynolds’ love for Deadpool never abated, though. Indeed, doing the character right meant having a chance to atone for mistakes of the past:  Deadpool is unique amongst comic book characters for being aware of his place in the superhero mythos. He can break the fourth wall, and is regularly shown reading issues of his own comic book and commenting on the pop culture of the day.

Directed by Tim Miller, DEADPOOL – which is available to buy on Blu-ray™ & DVD from 13 June courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment – tells the origin story of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), whose terminal cancer is ‘cured’ by the same Weapon X program that created Wolverine, leaving him permanently disfigured, but impervious to pain and able to regenerate from his wounds.

Expect plenty of wry humour in the movie, directed at Reynolds’ own experiences in the comic book world, which also include turns in GREEN LANTERN and R.I.P.D. The first teaser, which debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con, came with a knowing voiceover: “From the studio that inexplicably sewed his mouth shut the first time, comes five-time Academy Award viewer Ryan Reynolds…”

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