Ryan Reynolds (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“The movie is groundbreaking in a lot of ways,” asserts Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool, the blockbuster comic book adaptation released last February that he produced and stars in, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast. “It usurps certain tropes of the superhero genre that were well-ready to be usurped. And, again, timing, timing, timing, you know? We were kind of at peak superhero, in terms of tone, and it just offered something completely different in that respect. It also had just an unabashed commitment to its R rating. As I look back — and hindsight is obviously 20/20, but — it knew what it was, and I always knew what it was. I knew exactly how to play this guy [the irreverent title character], and I felt, in some weird way — not to sound too over the top or esoteric, but — like I was born to play this guy. I really understood him. And it just kind of popped.”
It sure did. After 11 years in development at multiple studios, the “labor of love” finally was made by Fox for just $58 million (a low budget for a movie of its genre) — and then grossed an astounding $132 million on its opening weekend and, by the end of its theatrical run, $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2016. It also garnered rave reviews — it has an 84 percent favorable rating at RottenTomatoes.com. And now, against all odds, it has become a serious Oscar contender: Over the past month or so, Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Critics’ Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year and a best actor (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nomination, while the film was recognized with a best picture (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nom, as well as PGA, WGA and DGA noms. Who knows what Jan. 24, the day of the Oscar nominations announcement, will bring?
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