We've all been eagerly awaiting #Deadpool2, which has become a priority for Fox, which is using the Merc with a Mouth as a springboard to reboot the X-Men franchise once again. Even though the film is still without an official release date, its main creative forces had been hard at work on it, which is why it was such an unpleasant surprise to hear that the director, Tim Miller, had departed the project due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds.
Now, after a long period of silence, the charismatic actor has finally spoken about the matter during an interview with GQ for their "Man of the Year" issue.
Were There Early Signs Of Trouble?
Detailing the behind-the-scenes story of #Deadpool, Reynolds revealed an interesting tidbit regarding his relationship with the other creative minds of the project:
"Making the movie was very, very difficult. It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly. Luckily, everybody’s grown up and at the end of the day enjoys and loves each other."
Could these "scary fights" have been an early sign of trouble for them working on a sequel? The official reason given for Miller's exit was "creative differences", which encompassed many different subjects, such as budget concerns and the pair disagreeing over who would be cast as #Cable. Supposedly, #TimMiller wanted #KyleChandler to play the time-traveling mutant. And shortly thereafter, composer Junkie XL, who composed the first movie, announced his departure, as well.
With so many disagreements, it's possible trying to replicate the hit that Deadpool became in a short period of time would have been... well, a bit of a nightmare. #RyanReynolds explained their work progress, which validates this possibility:
"I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, 'The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.' The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the fuck over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes."
The actor is evidently very protective of the Deadpool property, and rightly so. And he's not wrong - he does get the character, better than any other actor would have gotten him, perhaps. I mean, at this point, can we really differentiate between Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds?
I rest my case.
But does that mean there's some bad blood between him and Tim Miller? It doesn't look like it:
“All I can really add is that I'm sad to see him off the film. Tim's brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did.”
Will Deadpool 2 suffer from Miller's absence? We can't know for sure but there is hope for the franchise as Fox seems very confident in the character and, considering Reynolds and both original writers are still in charge of the project, we'll hopefully continue to hear the #MercwithaMouth's filthy sense of humor on the big screen for years to come.
In any case, they have to sort their problems soon. Deadpool 2 is slated to begin filming in January.
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What upcoming X-Men universe movie are you looking forward to more?