When Deadpool opens on Friday, its existence will be owed to the surreptitious release test footage shot in 2011 by director Tim Miller featuring a motion-captured Merc with the Mouth, played by Ryan Reynolds, laying waste to a cr full of thugs. When that footage was leaked online around the same time as the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, it immediate galvanized fans demanding to see the antihero done in just that way on the big screen, and 18 months later, Deadpool has finally arrived. But who was the scallywag that dropped that leaked footage in the first place? Plus, what happens when Deadpool himself is interviewed to support the movie?
While on The Tonight Show last night to promote Deadpool, Reynolds told host Jimmy Fallon that he was only somewhat sure that he wasn’t the one that leaked the Deadpool test, even though he’s definitely a prime suspect:
“There’s four of us: me, [writers] Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Tim Miller the director. We all said at the beginning that someone should leak it, so the idea was planted, but I’m 70 percent sure it wasn’t me.”
Perhaps if Deadpool ends up becoming the box office success people are betting it’s going to be, that suspect could come out and take a bow for a job well done. Until that happened, there was no way that 20th Century Fox was going to move forward with a Deadpool movie, and certainly not an R-rated comic book movie. Without the leak, Deadpool might have only been known to the cinema as a side character in that terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, a fate, in many respects, worse than dying alone and forgotten.
Check out the video of Reynolds on The Tonight Show below courtesy of Geek Tyrant.
Meanwhile, in other places on the internet, specifically Geeks are Sexy, we have Reynolds being interview as Deadpool, for Deadpool, by Yahoo! The clip should speak for itself.
Deadpool is in theaters everywhere this Friday.