Ryan Reynolds is known for his quirky sense of humor. While he is also recognized for more serious roles in movies such as The Amityville Horror (2005), and Buried (2010), his standout performances have typically been more comedic in nature.
In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds played Wade Wilson; otherwise known as the Merc with the Mouth (We're going to pretend the second half doesn't exist). What is interesting is that almost all the lines in the first half of the movie were improvised by Reynolds. Cast mates have often been quoted as saying that he was so funny they have had to take breaks just to gather themselves again.
"The poor guy, I laughed through so many of his takes. It got to the point where I said 'I think I should just leave the set' because he ad-libs quite a lot and he is hilarious."
While ad-lib acting may be frowned on by some directors, it works perfectly for a character like Deadpool, who often breaks the fourth wall to interact with his audience.
"I wouldn't say that I am a comic book aficionado, but definitely this character, I've always really responded to. I really liked the art in the Deadpool comics, and I love some of the different story lines that they have covered. I have always felt kind of a kinship to him. I mean this guy is 'The Merc with the Mouth", and I've always been a fan of effervescent witticisms, I suppose; also known as sarcasm."
Deadpool was first introduced in The New Mutants #98, back in February of 1991. If Reynolds bonded with this particular anti-hero during those formative years, it might explain how he developed the specific type of humor we have come to expect out of him over his movie career. It was almost serendipitous then, that Reynolds end up in this role; considering he was referenced in the comic books nearly 11 years ago, and has made it his goal to play the character ever since...
"Hey, if you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei, you'd understand."
-Cable & Deadpool #2, June 2004
While preparing for his role as Wade Wilson in the 2009 release X-Men Origins, he committed himself to the character, becoming skilled in wielding the Katana. He would practice for hours, before and after filming, and has admitted that "It wasn't without it's accidents a few times." Regardless of his unyielding sense of humor, he was also tireless in his effort to succeed, sometimes coming back out of his trailer at 4 am saying he could do better. It was stubborn perseverance like this that gives him the title of being one of Hollywood's hardest working actors.
Ryan Reynolds may have suffered the same "box office flop" curse, as many good actors do; but he has also made movies that have developed cult-followings. The one trend you consistently see out of Reynolds, is that if his personality is allowed to shine through, his movies are successful. That being said, amazing things usually come out of an actor being given the opportunity to play a character they have always loved.
I look forward to seeing Reynolds unleashed on the big screen, under the charismatic mask of Deadpool. Sharing the same sense of humor, the synergistic pair seem like they were made for each other, and it should translate into some amazing chemistry.
But the real question I am sure we are all wondering... What will Deadpool do without his yellow and white boxes?
Fun Fact: Both Reynolds and Deadpool have full alliterative names. Ryan Rodney Reynolds and Wade Winston Wilson.