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We were all very happy when Deadpool 2 came out, mainly because Deadpool was very, very good and its sequel didn't disappoint.
Full of the same dark humour, sardonic, caustic wit and a hell of a lot of brutal fight (and death) scenes, it was another triumph of superhero (well, anti-hero) cinema. But it could have been very different, as Ryan Reynolds explained to Jimmy Fallon:
The actor was appearing on The Tonight Show not to talk about Deadpool 3 - if only - but to promote Aviation American Gin, which is his gin company. Because every Hollywood star needs a gin company or a perfume line or something tangible they can sell these days.
Anyway, while on the show, Ryan, who plays the titular character in the Deadpool movies, explains how his idea for the sequel was vastly different to what ended up on our screens.
"My first pitch to the studio was not met very well," he tells Jimmy Fallon. "I pitched them that the whole story for sequel would be Deadpool trying to steal the big red chair from The Voice. And they were like 'No - that's just the dumbest thing ever.'"
He goes on to explain how he also shocked studio bosses by telling them that Brad Pitt was in the movie as well, but that he plays 'The Vanisher' - an invisible superhero who doesn't talk, and who's only visible for a split second - or a split of a split second - when he gets electrocuted and dies.
(We hope that didn't give anything away, but you must have all seen the film by now, right?)
Apparently, Ryan Reynolds reached out to Brad Pitt himself because his kids were a big fan of the first movie, though screenwriter Paul Wernick admits that the original script didn't have that celebrity cameo.
"We never saw Vanisher in the original script," he told Heat Vision. "He was always a mystery. When he got tangled up...we just thought, 'Oh my god, what a perfect idea for a celebrity cameo.' And then we thought, 'Who is the hardest get in Hollywood? Let's call him.'"
The rest, as they say, is history. But we have to admit we're pretty pleased Ryan's original idea wasn't picked. After all, it'd clearly make for a much better third movie than a sequel.
Featured Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment/20th Century Fox
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