Deadpool may have been a superhero film that pushed the boundaries but it’s R-rated theatrical cut was actually missing some of the ‘darkest’ and most ‘hardcore’ scenes according to its producers and writers.
Producer Simon Kinberg told IGN:
“There was a sequence in the movie when Wade gets cancer, where he and Vanessa go on what they jokingly, darkly call the cancer world tour, to try to find a cure for it. And they end up in sort of their darkest moment in this shitty clinic in Guadalajara with a doctor who is a charlatan. Wade realises that and ends up in a very brutal and dramatic and cool way killing him and he and Vanessa split up in that moment of Wade realising that he is in some ways a monster who can’t be with this woman.”
Writer Paul Wernick explained that they felt this scene was “just a bridge too far”:
“There’s this stretch of movie when he’s in the workshop, when Deadpool’s in the workshop, that gets very dark, and we wanted to go in and out of those scenes. In and out of that darkness, and not undercut the humour and we felt that perhaps that gruesome Guadalajara scene was just a bridge too far.
Co-writer Rhett Reese then added:
“When you watch the deleted scene you’ll see some phenomenal acting on Ryan’s part and you’ll see a moment of true pathos as he loses his temper and ends up killing this con-man.”
“We were pretty careful to always write lines that we felt like were just shy of objectionable that would fit. I think sometimes – they will go unnamed – we would make cracks about celebrities that people got a little dicey about. Like should Deadpool really be making that much fun of a specific celebrity?”
One of the movie’s action scenes also had to be heavily cut which actor Ed Skrein explains:
“A big section of the work-shop fight, when we were on fire fighting each other and Ryan Reynolds is naked. There was a big part of that. The mentality for that part is that I systematically break him down in the sense that I break his bones systematically. Decide which joints to break to disable him. So the choreography was set up as such. And after I do the suplex and stuff, I come in and start breaking him down and they took out quite a lot of beats because it was just horrific. Literally I’m breaking wrists, shoulders, jaws, and it was pretty hardcore. It did make me laugh that they chose not to put that in because they thought it was too far. And I thought ‘How can you go too far in a movie like Deadpool?’”
Check out the full filmed interview below via IGN:
Deadpool is already out in the US but gets a Blu-ray/DVD UK release on June 13.