Ryan Reynolds Thankful For “Deadpool”

Having had three shots at being a superhero on the screen, actor Ryan Reynolds hasn’t had much luck over the years. “Blade Trinity,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Green Lantern” were all seen as duds, and it seemed Reynolds’ days of slipping on the lycra again were gone.

Cut to the revival of the floundering “Deadpool” spin-off film which took on new life thanks to a leaked concept trailer and has now become a major upcoming film. In a new interview with GQ, Reynolds talked about how those involved won’t forget that:

“Yeah! Oh, I made sure we marked it, too. Like, we just started rolling, and I was like, ‘No, no, hold on.’ We went in the other room and we huddled up: ‘We’re making this movie! We’ve been trying to get this movie made for six f***ing years, and here we are. We’re doing it right now. Just remember this second. Just take a moment to be thankful for that.’ And then we all went out and just started shooting and dicking around and had some fun.”

The outlet also asked Reynolds about returning to the world of superheroes following his disastrous “Green Lantern” a few years ago:

“Deadpool was different because there wasn’t a big budget attached to it. There was not a tremendous responsibility to meet some kind of bottom line. Those kinds of superhero movies when you’re out front, there’s a vast and quite frightening budget attached to them. This one had a super-reasonable budget, and it was subversive and a little bit different, and to me a little refreshing in the comic-book world. But you always have trepidation. When you’re out front, you have trepidation.”

Finally, Reynolds also spoke about the ‘superhero fatigue’ comments that some famous filmmakers have talked about recently, filmmakers who are claiming the genre of superhero movies will die in time:

“It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe.

I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.”

In related news, “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld confirms that the inclusion of X-Men’s Colossus is integral to the story and will be much bigger than just the cameo fans are expecting. He tells ComicBook.com:

“You guys have seen a glimpse of him in the trailer; at San Diego in Hall H, they showed a little bit more of Colossus. You are going to love Colossus in Deadpool. He’s in it a good amount; he doesn’t just walk through the movie.”

The new “Deadpool” opens on February 12th next year.