Ryan Reynolds is the ultimate authority on Deadpool, and nobody else’s opinion about the character matters.
Did you know that? If not, you’d better get with the program.
It doesn’t matter if you thought that there were elements of Deadpool that were a little overly crass. You’re wrong.
If you thought the ending of this self-styled “irreverent” blockbuster was too twee and cliché, tough. Ryan Reynolds likes it that way, so you should shut up and stop arguing.
GQ Magazine gets it. They named Reynolds as their 2016 Man of the Year, no doubt thanks to his contributions to the noble field of homophobic penis humor.
In an interview with the magazine, Reynolds laid down the law with regards to Deadpool, and explained that nobody but him is entitled or justified in suggesting what the character would or would not do in any given situation:
“There were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly…
“I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, “The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.” The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics.”
So, to recap: when it comes to visual effects, Ryan Reynolds is willing to listen to his director (which is strange, as the movie also had its own visual effects team, but whatever). When it comes to the character, the story, and everything else, Deadpool is a Ryan Reynolds show, and everybody else had better stay out of his way.
This is because Ryan Reynolds has seniority. Tim Miller was a lightweight, he’d only been involved in the project for five years, so he wasn’t entitled to come in and make directorial decisions! That right falls to Ryan Reynolds, because he knows the character best!
Which is strange, because, by Reynolds’ own admission, “Tim's brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did.”
The full picture of what went on between Reynolds and Miller is beginning to become pretty clear.
Not that we needed any clarification, of course—it’s pretty easy to hear the words “creative differences” on a movie like this and assume that Reynolds was holding the production ransom from its director.
Is Ryan Reynolds entitled to have all creative control of the Deadpool franchise just because he shouts the loudest? That’s up to interpretation (Reynolds himself certainly thinks so), but it’s important to note that a lot went into Deadpool that wasn’t personally decided by the actor.
From the looks of things, though, it seems that Tim Miller made the right decision in ditching the project. Making one movie with an annoying backseat director is bad enough, but suffering through a second one?
The thought was probably enough to have Miller looking at Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and wondering about the plausibility of actually sewing Ryan Reynolds’ mouth shut.