So Deadpool "forgot" his guns in order to skip this scene? Bummer, it would have been awesome!
As the writers and creators of Deadpool were preparing to lock down the deal and get the green light from Fox on production, they were blindsided by Fox's request to cut $7-8 million off of the film's budget in two days. That's right, so at an already measly (in Hollywood standards) under $60 million budget, Fox wanted it down to $50 million in order for them to officially green light production. What were the creators to do? Well, they had no choice but to trim the script down by nine full pages, lessening the days, crews, actors, and equipment that would be needed.
Cutting nine pages from a 110-page script may seem easy, it's just nine pages, but scripts go through numerous cuts and changes already before you get to the final product. Deadpool's writers had done over six rewrites already, including one PG-13 version that was thankfully thrown out. So what was left in that 110 page script was already the bare minimum to tell the Deadpool story they had wanted — but at the end of the day, if Fox hadn't even agreed make the film in the first place, their 110 page script wouldn't matter anyway. So cuts were made, some minor, and some pretty awesome ones that we wish we could have had. At least with Deadpool's huge box office success, we can look forward to a huge budget sequel with no cutbacks.
Here are 2 major cuts, according to writer Rhett Reese:
1. Angel Dust was three different characters, but was cut into one
“Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano, used to be three different characters,” Reese explained. “It was Garrison Kane, Sluggo and Wire."
2. Motorcycle chase scene between Deadpool and Ajax
"We had a motorcycle chase between Deadpool and Ajax on the freeway that we took out. We had a big, big gun fight in the third act that we took out and we basically had Deadpool forget his guns as a means of getting around it."
Even with those cuts and others, the writers feel that the trim is what really got the film to a place where it was 100% ready to be produced.
“It was that last, lean and mean chop that got us to a place where Fox was willing to make it,” Reese said. “The script was very efficient and not too long. That was a function of budget more than anything, but I think it really made the movie pace nicely.”
Fans agree, Deadpool has grossed over $300 million worldwide, and while those two cuts would have been cool, I don't feel the film lacked a thing! Other films that were released during Deadpool's six year journey to production, including Kick Ass and Guardians Of The Galaxy, helped Fox see that audiences were ready for a superhero film like Deadpool. Several script and footage leaks also helped Fox ease into the idea, as audiences raved about them, clearly pleased with its out-of-the-box R-rated dialogue. The fans really drove the film into the theater, and the writers are counting on the same for the confirmed sequel.