It’s easy to envision a movie with a good guy who saves the day from evil and all that typical bullshit; on the other hand, it is a stretch of the imagination to picture a film where your protagonist isn’t exactly a good guy.  This is what makes the possible Deadpool difficult, yet at the same time, intriguing to make.  It would tend to deviate from your typical Superhero movie.  The idea is similar to having the money hungry, womanizer Tony Stark fight evil in Iron Man but WAY more dark and twisted.  With this in mind, Ryan Reynolds recently talked with L.A. Times reporter Geoff Boucher to talk about the complexities of bringing the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ to the big screen.  Reynolds comments,

“It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes. It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just

based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads

into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized

shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.”

There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and

know that eventually you’re going to win them back. You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they

already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing

to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger

to get to the cookies.’

Reynolds further notes…

“The comics are very inconsistent in the writing,” Reynolds said. “All the different writers, different voices,

but at the core of the character his heart is really interesting. He’s the funniest guy you’ll ever meet, too, and

for me that’s exciting but it’s not as hard as capturing that moral flexibility, which is so important. He hasn’t

really experienced the full spectrum of human emotion the way most people do.”

While Reynolds makes a solid argument as to why Deadpool may have some difficulty being well received on screen it brings up the question; is anything too difficult if done by the right people?  And with Robert Rodriguez possibly taking the reins, and with a script by the folks who brought us Zombieland, how could this movie go wrong?


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