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As Ryan Reynolds suits up to play a wisecracking antihero in Deadpool , director Tim Miller tells us how he broke the mould of the comic-book movie.

THE RED BULLETIN: A violent, fourth-wall-breaking superhero film with an unhinged, foul-mouthed protagonist is a tough sell for a studio. Is that why Deadpool took five years to make?

TIM MILLER: Everything was lined up, but the studio decided they weren’t going to make it. It sat there for a few years, but I didn’t give up. Then our test footage leaked online and the reaction showed there was an appetite for it. We went from 0-60 in a day! I think they saw the time was right to do something different.

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The movie makes fun of other superhero movies – especially X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds’ first film as Deadpool…

We have a lot of outright anger and jokes at the expense of that film, because of the way they portrayed Deadpool. Traditionally, Hollywood has this arrogant belief that it knows better than the fans, and I think that’s bullsh-t – there’s a reason why people love this character.


Ryan Reynolds’ previous superhero smackdowns…

Blade: Trinity (2004)
His first foray into comic-book movies, in the finale of the Blade trilogy. Despite a difficult shoot, he showed heroic potential as vampire hunter Hannibal King. 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Reynolds’s debut as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. But fans were infuriated by the depiction of the character as a two-dimensional villain who couldn’t speak. 

Green Lantern (2011)
In this flop, Reynolds plays super-suited Hal Jordan. He riffs on this in Deadpool, asking for an outfit that’s not “green… or animated”.

What did Reynolds bring to the role?

It was like he was born for it. He’s athletic enough to do the stunts and look like a superhero, but he’s also really funny. There are 50 or 60 jokes in the movie that he came up with on the day.


As Reynolds found out, it ain’t easy being green.

What sets this apart from other superhero movies?

The humour. It’s pretty relentlessly funny, even in the dark parts. The action is scrappy, too. It’s a bit down-and-dirtier, and I think that’s why people love him. He’s not Superman, he’s not a moral paragon and he doesn’t always win. People can relate to that. He’s a very flawed, human superhero.

Deadpool is in cinemas from February 4., deadpoolwebsite.com

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