Ryan Reynolds on 'Deadpool,' and How it Works as a Comedyby HaydnSpurrell
Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool project launched with unpredictable success earlier this year. Speaking to that success, and the inherent comedy in the film, Reynolds said that it was a very personal kind of comedy, one that he could share with his character-counterpart.
"The best comedy, in my opinion, has to be grounded in some form of truth. The character Deadpool is my alter ego," he told THR in a recent interview. "I don't want to sound esoteric, but I can channel that guy in a way I just can't seem to channel anything else. In terms of his sensibilities and certainly his sense of humor, I feel like we were born at the end of the same spectrum. It's a very odd situation."
He did, however, clarify that it didn't make the role an easy one. "I wouldn't characterize it as an easy role to play because the great hoax of Deadpool is that there's actually great dramatic tension that surrounds all of the comedy in the movie. I don't think we could have gotten those comedic payoffs if audiences weren't invested emotionally in the character.
"When the movie opened, we'd start to hear people say, 'That was the funniest movie I've ever seen.'" Deadpool 2 has a new director at the helm, but everything seems to line-up the same as the first film, with the same writers and stars on board.
"Admittedly, I've never taken ownership of anything the way I did with this. We had this almost unfair advantage because we had a character who is a total misfit, a f***ing rascal, a hedonist who breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. I mean, that right there is a marketing dream."
He did say that the sequel is "on track, and that's all that matters at the moment."