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'X-Men Origins' Director Explains Why They Got Deadpool So Wrong

Matthew Cooper

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'X-Men Origins' Director Explains Why They Got Deadpool So Wrong

Deadpool was a hit and Ryan Reynolds cast as the lead role was a match made in err, heaven. Well, maybe not heaven.

That wasn't Reynolds' first instalment as Wade Wilson, though. His first time out as The Merc With A Mouth was in the utter shit show that was X- Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie where they sewed up Deadpool's mouth. If you're unlucky enough to remember that film you'll remember it was an abominable disaster.

Even the director, Gavin Hood, has now admitted to CinemaBlend that the version of the film we got was nothing he or movie goers wanted to see.

He said: "I think the character works so well now because the character is allowed to be who the character really is, unencumbered by, you know, PG-13 requirements and a great deal of marketing debate.

"Credit to the filmmakers and to Ryan, that they took control of their character and got on and let Ryan do the film. Deadpool is a motor mouth, foul mouth character, and it's very difficult with these big movies to... When you have to work within certain parameters that are set by..."

The interviewer then stopped into tease the answer out of him by asking "studio heads?" to which he replied: "Thank you. Thank you."

Origins had a troubled path in the first place after many writers went on strike over disagreements with the story.

Hood then went into further detail on how 2016's Deadpool is everything it should have been.

He said: "You know, when [Reynolds] did the little cameo bit in X-Men Origins - Wolverine, it was exactly what we've been talking about. It was the studio attempting to plug in a few characters and test the waters. But now he gets to make his own movie and he did it with great courage and with the full force of his personality, so he deserves every success.

"They had to make it R rated, but can you imagine if they were trying for PG-13? I just don't think it would have worked. Which is not to say that other films shouldn't be PG-13. Of course you want that huge audience.

"But you've got to be very careful that you're not torturing the material to fit a particular marketing strategy, and that's what they didn't do with Deadpool. They just made the film the way it needed to be made, I think."

Deadpool has now become the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time and we can expect a sequel not too far in the future, complete with more violence and dick jokes. Can't wait.

Lead Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds

Matthew Cooper
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