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Last weekend Deadpool smashed into theaters across the globe, raking in a surprising and groundbreaking $260 million. However, bringing the foul mouthed pansexual mutant to the big screen wasn't as easy as you might imagine.

Seven years after Deadpool debuted in X Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds has opened up about how he was "blackmailed" into the role...

Where it all began: Reynolds in X-Men
Where it all began: Reynolds in X-Men

During a chat with Google Talk earlier this month, Reynolds claimed that basically, the only reason he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was to ensure Deadpool received a solo movie.

They sew his mouth shut, let lasers come out of his eyes. He has weird knives that fly out of his hands. I remember saying, ‘That’s really going to anger some people. That’s not 'Deadpool'. ’And they basically said, ‘Well, you can play him or we can hire someone else to play him.’ So for me it was… I was a little bit blackmailed.
Reynolds tells of his catch-22 at the Google Talk
Reynolds tells of his catch-22 at the Google Talk

Of course, this isn't to say that he regrets this decision to play in both films in the slightest, especially given the awesome success of Deadpool at the box office this weekend.

X-Men introduced Wade Wilson, played by Reynolds, to the silver screen years before the character got his solo film, Deadpool. And although he now implies he wasn't crazy about the whole crazy lazer-knife additions to his character, seven years later he finally got what he (and we) wanted:

Watch the Google talk here.

In X-Men Origins Wilson is a mercenary who is part of the seven-strong Team X. The antihero is already brimming with black humor.

Deadpool premiered in the US on February 12 to eye-watering success.

Could anyone else have played Deadpool?

Source: Google talks, Comic Book


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