Ryan Reynolds has a disease that makes it impossible for him to stop talking.
Just as a shark must remain in constant motion or else it will drown, Reynolds needs to constantly run his mouth for fear that, if he stops providing a constant verbal stream of consciousness, he might lose relevancy.
Heaven forbid anyone go an entire day without hearing what Ryan Reynolds is up to. The horror.
As such, when rumors (that were indirectly started by Reynolds) started bouncing around which suggested that Deadpool would be teaming up with Wolverine in Logan, Scarlett Johansson’s ex-husband was quick to give his own opinion on why that would be awesome, but why it wouldn’t be happening.
This whole non-issue is a media storm of Reynolds’ own creation; an opportunity for him to introduce a topic of conversation before providing his own rebuttal.
Now, the public discussion has moved on from simply thinking about the immediate future and Logan, to questioning whether a future movie might see Hugh Jackman return to the role of Wolverine just so that he can team up with Deadpool – even though Jackman has expressly stated that he does not want to do this.
Both Reynolds and Jackman have been asked about the possibility of this movie in recent interviews, and their responses are quite telling.
Here’s the enthusiastic yet callous speech that Ryan Reynolds gave on the subject:
“I would love to play Deadpool for as long as they would let me play Deadpool. We have outlines and stories for a number of different films. I have no idea if I can change his mind.
“It’s the audience: I would exclusively exploit that relationship to get Hugh back for another one.”
Meanwhile, here’s Hugh Jackman’s polite yet firm refusal:
“I’m hesitating, because I could totally see how that’s the perfect fit. But the timing may be wrong.”
If, by this point, Jackman doesn’t already want to throttle Ryan Reynolds, he has more patience than most men.
Just to reiterate, after months of trying to whip fans up into a frenzy with the deliberate goal of annoying Hugh Jackman until he agrees to appear in another comic book movie, Reynolds refuses to let up.
He wants to “exclusively exploit [the] relationship” between Hugh Jackman and his most dedicated fans in order to guilt the Australian star into suffering through a movie that he really doesn’t want to do, solely so that a future Deadpool film will be more popular than it would be otherwise.
Poor, poor Hugh Jackman.
And poor comic book movie audiences. Logan looks like the perfect movie to retire Wolverine—it’s the first chance in a long time of seeing a solo film starring the character that isn’t mediocre at best.
To bow out with a movie which is so well crafted that Reynolds thinks it’ll win an Oscar (why he’s commenting on this is anybody’s guess), only to return for a cynical cash grab movie that’ll be full of jokes about testicles, would mean doing a disservice to the character, to Jackman’s career, and to comic book movie audiences in general.
Here’s hoping the man behind Wolverine manages to stick to his guns.
Because we really don’t need to see him share yet more screen time with the walking pile of verbal diarrhea that is Ryan Reynolds.