Deadpool director Tim Miller reveals one major joke Fox nearly cut from the Ryan Reynolds movie, and his feeling vindicated when it performed well.
Despite the film’s ultimate success, Deadpool director Tim Miller reveals Fox weren’t confident in one joke of the film. Miller made his feature directorial debut on the 2016 Marvel Comics adaptation, with Ryan Reynolds technically reprising his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though with a far more faithful approach to the character, retaining his fourth-wall breaking humor and gorier action. Loosely set within Fox’s X-Men universe, Deadpool explored the origin story of Wade Wilson, a freelance mercenary who undergoes an experimental treatment to clear up his cancer, which leaves him physically scarred, and he turns to hunting down the man responsible.
Deadpool proved to be a critical and commercial hit upon its release, with reviews praising Reynolds’ performance and the faithfulness to the source comics, and initially breaking the record for the highest-grossing R-rated movie. The film’s development underwent a notoriously long process, with a variety of filmmakers coming and going and Fox nearly scrapping the whole thing until a sizzle reel was leaked online and the positive response to it convinced the studio to give it the greenlight. Much of the film’s hold-ups behind the scenes stemmed from the studio’s reported issues with the script, which nearly included a fan-favorite Deadpool joke not making the cut.
In the latest episode of their VFX Artists React series, Corridor Crew invited Tim Miller to revisit some of his past projects on the show. While discussing 2016’s Deadpool, the director revealed Fox tried to cut the joke in which Ryan Reynolds’ titular character says he will “touch myself tonight” after killing the henchmen on the bridge, and recalled the moment they all were proven wrong. See what Miller shared below:
“That was one of the five jokes that the old Fox regime said, ‘Well this is not funny, it must be removed from the script.’ When it brought the f—king house down at Comic-Con, I was like, ‘Yes, I told you!’”
How Deadpool’s Comic-Con Reveal Proved The Studio Wrong
The Deadpool trailer screened at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015 ultimately was to the true nail in the coffin on Fox’s attempts for creative control on the film, as they were proven wrong in what audiences wanted from the film. Audiences in attendance of SDCC memorably cried out for an encore of the trailer at the event, while also turning out in droves for the film’s theatrical release to initially set the record for the highest-grossing R-rated movie. Given Deadpool was nearly canceled outright until the test footage of the highway action scene was leaked, their attempts to cut the joke from the original script, among others, show the old studio heads were not as in the know on what the character entailed as Reynolds and writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The film’s success ultimately saw Fox pull the reins back on their creative control efforts with Deadpool 2, with Reynolds taking charge, which did ultimately result in original Deadpool director Tim Miller departing the sequel over creative differences. Given the 2018 sequel proved to be just as successful as its predecessor with critics and audiences alike, and Reynolds, Reese and Wernick all returning for Deadpool 3, one can hope Marvel Studios’ producing the project allows the threequel to stay true to what’s come before. Only time will tell when Deadpool 3 hits theaters on September 6, 2024.
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