Now, when it comes to forbidden love, there are only so many truly great stories out there; Romeo and Juliet, obviously; Tristan and Isolde, if you want to get old school; Gambit and Rogue from the X-Men, if you want to get Xavier's school (for gifted youngsters). Jon Snow and Ygritte, if you want to know nothing.
Were you to ask Deadpool, though, he'd surely tell you that there's only one truly tragic love story out there — and only one pair of star-crossed lovers genuinely deserving of being dubbed 'great.' That duo? Why, that'd be Deadpool himself... and Bea Arthur.
Yup, that's right:
Deadpool Is Head Over Heels In Love With Bea Arthur
So much so, in fact, that he's taken issue with her missing out on being dubbed sexiest woman alive on more than one occasion...
...as well as indulged in at least one mildly disconcerting fantasy involving the comedy great:
The only problem? Bea Arthur — best known to most for her starring role in The Golden Girls — sadly passed away back in 2009, dooming Deadpool's love for her to be forever unrequited.
As it turns out, though:
It Was Super Important To Ryan Reynolds That Deadpool's Love Of Bea Arthur Make It Into The Movie
So much so, in fact, that Reynolds — who it's worth noting was also an executive producer on the movie — personally reached out to her son, TV set designer Daniel Saks, for permission to use the legendary actress's likeness in the movie.
Which, as Wade Wilson's Arthur-adorned tank top illustrates...
...was indeed granted — but the reason why is actually super sweet. Y'see, as Saks recently revealed to THR, the reason he said yes had less to do with his mother's legacy, and a whole lot to do with what sort of person Ryan Reynolds is behind the scenes. As he put it:
"I was on Dharma & Greg on Stage 21 at Fox when Ryan was on Stage 20 doing Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. He was always a nice guy, and the fact that it was him gave it more weight with me and my brother, Matthew. We thought, ‘Why not?’"
Or, in other words? Ryan Reynolds was (and presumably still is) actually a nice dude, and that fundamental decency was the reason Deadpool was able to — in some small way — appear on screen with his lost (but not forgotten) love.
Which is almost — almost — as sweet as that time Deadpool named his spaceship after her.
Except, y'know — nothing is sweeter than that.
What do you think?
Who do you think Deadpool's truest true love is?