Ryan Reynolds involvement on the X-Men spinoff Deadpool has been minimal would be a massive understatement. He has been pushing for the movie since he played Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is basically his passion project. So many assume that when the film got greenlight by FOX it was all his doing. Well the actor has taken to Twitter to thank his fans and clarity it was them who got the movie going not him:
People keep thanking me for getting Deadpool made. I didn’t get it made. YOU did. The internet put Fox in a hammerlock death-grip. #sayuncle
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 20, 2015
Comic-book fans wanted a Deadpool spinoff for years, but it seemed like it was a dead proposition. How did the project suddenly get on the fast track to production?
Exclusively the leaked test footage, 100 percent.
Who leaked it?
I would have, if I had known it would have caused that! Honestly, we all thought Tim Miller, the director, had leaked it. But I have since investigated that enough, in quiet moments when he was beyond the point of being penalized by anybody, and he said that he really didn’t do it. The initial [leak] came from Fox they think — someone recorded the footage on their iPhone and then released it. And then once that happened, somebody hacked into Blur Studios and got the original footage in high-res and put it online.
So when you saw it online were you nervous? Excited?
I was excited, because you can look back at an email chain from all of us, the core group involved in Deadpool, saying “We should leak this, f—-,” like three years ago. Saying, “Hey, if this thing is going to stagnate, one of us should just say ‘Whoops, I slipped it online by accident.’” And nobody seemed to want to nut up and do that, myself included. Someone did it for us, years later, when we all completely assumed it was dead in the water.
Now, we get to make the movie. We don’t get to make it with the budget of most superhero movies, but we get to make it the way we want to make it, so that’s even more exciting than having a catered lunch.
Deadpool jumps out of your screen February 2016