In February of 2016, after 11 years of struggle, Deadpool was finally released in theaters. It was met with a huge reception. Created on a minuscule budget (at least in terms of your standard superhero film), Deadpool was a monumental success by all accounts, bringing in close to $800 million at the box office. It's tough to nail down what's more impressive about the movie, the fact that this R-rated superhero movie broke down all the supposed barriers that it encountered, or the fact that it lived up to insane hype it faced. Leading up to the release, people who had never even heard of Deadpool before the trailer, were talking about the hero like they were his biggest fans.
Deadpool, once a quirky antihero, was a sensation. For whatever reason, be it Deadpool's sarcasm, his addictive meta-ness or his dark side, people latched onto him. Usually, adapting this type of character for the big screen means sure failure in our jaded world, just ask the X-Men Origins team. But Deadpool was different.
Thanks to the extreme popularity of the character and the film, "secrets" or unknowns about the set and production, the entire behind-the-scenes world, are very hard to come by. Some fans can catalogue how many times Reynolds went to the bathroom during the 48-day shoot. They eat this type of trivia for breakfast. But we're not talking to those fans. In the 9 months or so since the release of Deadpool, several new details have come to light, and we want to share them with the world. Here are 15 behind the scenes secrets you didn’t know about Deadpool.
15 Forgotten Guns
14 Ryan Reynolds And The Writers
13 Three Villains Into One
12 Mutant Serum
11 Vietnam Protest Line
10 Stan Lee Cameo
9 David Fincher And James Cameron
8 Destroyed Helicarrier
7 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
6 Picking Negasonic Teenage Warhead
5 The Costume With No Muscle Shirt
4 Bea Arthur Shirt
3 Olivia Munn Becoming Psylocke
2 The New Colossus
1 Eastern Promises Fight Scene
In the film, when Deadpool blows up the testing facility, Ajax (Ed Skrein) comes down to investigate. This begins a fight between the two, a fight that ends up getting pretty intimate. When Deadpool's robe catches fire, he rips it off and fights in the nude. According to Ryan Reynolds, this entire scene was inspired by the naked man fight in the sauna in Eastern Promises. Reynolds describes the interest in doing the scene because it would make him incredibly uncomfortable, so they decided to include it. Speaking about filming the sequence, Reynolds said, “There’s nothing else you can do except to just sorta grin, bear it, and go, ‘All right guys, we’re all going to get to really know each other today. I may be sitting on this man’s face at some point, he may be sitting on mine… It was ugly but necessary.” While some reports suggested that Reynolds' entire anatomy made the final cut, that wasn’t the case. Initially they removed any dangling parts, but that looked too alien, so they added in a CGI ding dong and found it was barely noticeable.
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