I’ve been told the new regime over at 20th Century Fox is nothing like the previous ones, who were responsible for movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Origins Wolverine. However, that praise is false outside of the X-Men movies considering last year the studio (along with Josh Trank) botched Fantastic Four big time. The way I see it, this studio is 3 for 4 regarding comic book movie hits, but are on their way towards becoming a powerhouse.
Their latest hit Deadpool not only smashed box office records for its opening weekend, but also proved R-rated and violent comic book movies have an audience. Ryan Reynolds, who stars as Deadpool, has repeatedly mentioned the long road it took towards making this movie. One interesting, and somewhat upsetting, story he shared with fans was how Fox blackmailed him into appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (as Deadpool), after being promised a solo-movie. Reynolds wasn’t satisfied with how his character was treated during the 3rd act of the movie. Here’s his story.
“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.” (Comicbook.com)
Hopefully Fox has learned their lesson, and that’s to stay the f*ck out of the way and let the passionate filmmakers and writers do their thing. My eyes now are pointed at Doug Liman & Channing Tatum for the Gambit solo movie, because I already know Bryan Singer will deliver on Apocalypse.
Here’s the video part of Reynold’s story, and the full video interview below.