You might not remember it but Ryan Reynolds has played reluctant avenging superhero Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, before. The character popped up briefly in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” But that film was serious, whereas the new “Deadpool” is not. Over the years the actor, 39, has expanded his range and played dramatic in the likes of “Buried” and “Mississippi Grind.” With “Deadpool” he brings back the quipping Reynolds of “Two Girls and a Pizza Place” and “Just Friends,” cracking jokes as his comic book star lays waste to the people who transformed him from an everyguy into a deformed, indestructible freak hidden under a cool suit and mask.
This seems like a role that really brings the best out of you.
I humbly agree! It’s the role I’ve been most passionate about. I love everything about that boy! I am very grateful that I was given a chance to do this movie. I didn’t think I ever would.
You spend most of the movie with a mask over your face. It can be difficult, it seems, to act when your most expressive feature is concealed.
Yes it is. At first I was scared, because I thought, how are we going to tell the story? We had the option to take off the mask a lot more. But we found that we could push through the mask pretty well. I could express much better than I thought I could.
Have you ever wanted to become an avenger like Deadpool? Have you ever wanted to kill someone?
Wow! Kill? I never wanted to kill someone in real life, but I’ve wanted to come really close to that. I usually just say how I feel. If you’re honest, you sleep better at night compared to when you’re pretending to like someone. If someone’s mean or awful, I’ll just say, “You’re f—king mean”. I’ve no problem with that. That’s good for them and good for me. I never wanted to take someone’s life — not yet, at least.