Ryan Reynolds is starring in the upcoming superhero flick Deadpool – but it’s not the first time he’s portrayed the wise-cracking assassin on screen.
His first turn as the gunslinging antihero came in 2009 with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which much to Reynolds’ dismay, included a version of the character way out of line with the fan favorite version from the comic books.
Now that he’s gotten the chance to play Deadpool right, Reynolds spoke to People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle about what went wrong the first time around.
“It was a very frustrating experience,” Reynolds remembered. “I was already attached to the Deadpool movie. We hadn’t at that point written a script yet. [Origins] came along and it was sort of like, ‘Play Deadpool in this movie or we’ll get someone else to.’ And I just said, ‘I’ll do it, but it’s the wrong version. Deadpool isn’t correct in it.'”
Unfortunately, this all went down during the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008. Reynolds explained, “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because in the script we had, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What am I supposed to do with that?'”
SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Deadpool special will air this Friday at 2 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio – the same day Deadpool hits theaters.