Deadpool 2 review

[Laughs] I’m just curious, because we rarely see lead characters like Deadpool or Lorraine (Charlize Theron) smoking cigarettes in big movies now, was there any pushback on that?

No, I was surprised. I thought we might get called for the cigarette. Atomic Blonde, I call it the art house action film [Laughs]. You know, that’s kind of what it was. Smoking never got calls from the studio or whatever, that there was too much smoking. I was surprised that with all of the things we did, I still thought we might get called out for the smoking at the beginning. I love it. I love that shot. I love just how sort of Bill Murray desperate he looks.

With Deadpool’s sense of humor I imagine there’s a freedom in how far you can push a joke, but do you ever question how far to go? Is there any censoring or pulling back?

There isn’t when you are shooting, but then you start the editorial process and start to refine the movie. The movie sort of reveals itself to you, and where it needs to land emotionally, and where it needs to land in subversive comedy and things like that. Then you can start to censor yourself a little bit. There were times where we were like, “Ah that’s too much. It’s too much.” There were times we don’t need any more of a joke, like, we have that joke already, and there’s an emotional moment, and you don’t want to subvert it with a joke. Like, hold on it.

I think there’s definitely a fine line. It’s not like, hey anything goes. I think there is a place where you wanna leave the audience and with a Deadpool movie, you can at least, in my opinion, is that you enjoyed the subversive comedy, but you didn’t alienate. You weren’t gonna alienate some people, you don’t want to alienate most of your audience.

Was there a scene or joke you maybe pulled back on?

Well I know it sounds good now, but there was sort of the baby Hitler scene at the end and that sort of thing, in the press, the last couple days and, yeah, that was one that I think everyone was like, at the end of the day, the codas we were riding on, just riding high, why do we want to leave them with sort of a question coda, ya know? Maybe its a little bit too much. I think we will get a chance to see that on the blu-ray or the extended cut. I think it’s really great and really fun, but that’s probably one of them.

I definitely want to ask the X-Force scene, which is such a good joke. What do you remember most about planning and shooting that sequence? 

I was always in love with the premise. I was always in love with the bigger idea of this joke and that we were going to spend 12 minutes of time on a piece of, basically, a joke that didn’t move the narrative forward at all and was sort of seeded in marketing and built on expectations of fans. Then, they come to Deadpool and they get a prank pulled on them. I just loved that idea. It just felt very Deadpool, and I’m like, when will I ever get this many resources to do this again? So, for me, it is one of my favorite scenes and one of my favorite things I’ve done in movies, just to play that joke. Kind of like Deadpool reaching through the screen and tickling the audience.

Time travel and Cable’s backstory is handled very simply and smoothly in the movie. Did it take a while to clarify the character, his backstory, and powers?

It did. I’d say we probably started with way less and then it was a little bit of a push by me, in a positive way. I went back and researched the backstory and then I just built it into sort of and then I shared it with Ryan, Rhett, and Paul. Then we went through and said, okay, what are ones we can really identify and like give to a bigger fanboy audience that also won’t bog down narratives and will lead to things we can explore in the future. So, we did land on the Techno Virus and that imagery in his body and see it connecting to him and his neck. The long short of it, the Techno Virus was the one thing, then I had some Easter eggs in his apartment, in the future obviously, that we didn’t get to see and hit the cutting room floor. There was a painting of Cyclops, so when the place burned, you saw the painting burn, the portrait of his father. The last one was his daughter Hope, obviously. We talk about her at the end. We just sort of acknowledged that.

What did your first cut look like? How long was it?

Probably only 15 minutes longer, so like 2:15 or something like that. It wasn’t that much longer. There’s a lot. It was a tight script. We shot the script. There was some embellishment, and we trimmed out a few scenes. The movie that’s in the theaters is really what the movie should be, and it was the perfect length, and I think the audience stays active as viewers. It’s fun and it’s entertaining. It doesn’t get bogged down. There are some great scenes that will probably be on the blu-ray. Sometimes you got to let some fun go for the greater good, and that’s fine. You just got to be disciplined.

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Deadpool 2 is now in theaters.

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