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Even if you're not particularly a fan, there's little chance you've escaped the Deadpool tsunami that took over 2016 right from the start. Since its release in February, the tale of the Merc with a Mouth has become the genre's biggest success story, bringing in $783 million at the worldwide box office from a $58 million budget.

Once a little passion project that struggled to get off the ground, has audiences rooting for the antihero and brought studios to reconsider the potential of R-rated blockbusters. After the embarrassment of Green Lantern, the movie has propelled to a whole new level of fame — and we're never really sure if he's yet broken out of character.

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Ryan Reynolds Named Entertainer Of The Year

Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

It's no surprise, then, that more than one publication has decided to make Reynolds their Person of the Year: While GQ declared the Canadian beau one of their Men of the Year, Entertainment Weekly has appropriately crowned him Entertainer of the Year. And even he can see why:

"I hate to sound overly sentimental, but I had a good year."

However, he never expected the overwhelming reception of Deadpool, and that's a good thing; the small project approach, with a limited budget and gritty humor, is exactly what made the movie so successful.

"I knew that this was going to speak to the very core of the Deadpool fan base, and I knew they would embrace it. I think it just really landed at a fortunate time. We were right at 'peak superhero,' particularly in the sense that the superheroes were all intermittently clenching their jaw muscles and brooding. Deadpool came along and sort of threw all that on its ass."

Reynolds Had Been Trying To Get 'Deadpool' Made For 11 Years

Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

And yet, could this all have happened much sooner? Speaking to GQ, Reynolds revealed that he'd been pushing for Deadpool to happen way before he even signed up on Green Lantern:

"Right before I took Green Lantern, I wrote a letter to my executive at Fox saying, 'I'm gonna take this movie Green Lantern if you guys aren't gonna make Deadpool. I'm at the altar, about to say 'I do' to somebody else, but tell me you want to spend the rest of your life with me, because I want to spend the rest of my life with you.' And they said, 'Unfortunately, we can't green-light that movie, and I don't think it's gonna ever get green-lit.' So I was like, 'Okay, I'm gonna go move on with my life, then, I guess.'"

Thankfully, all's well that ends well. Even in his personal life, Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, have just welcomed their second child together — and he's still the perfect dad.

Do you think Ryan Reynolds deserves to be Entertainer of the Year? Who was your favorite actor/actress this year?

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(Sources: Entertainment Weekly, GQ)


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