Ryan Reynolds has just been made GQ's 'Man of the Year' and we couldn't be happier about it. His wit, sarcasm, intelligence and love for Blake means he has a very special place in our hearts. Read our highlights from his GQ
interview below, and LOL at him interviewing himself as his 'twin brother' above...
"Why did it take Deadpool so long to happen?
I've been on the train for 11 years trying to get it made. We did every iteration of that script we could to allow them to make the movie that looked vaguely like the movie we wanted to make.
You Trojan-horsed your Deadpool in through a regular superhero script.
We thought, "Okay, if they let us do this, we'll actually shoot this and hopefully they won't notice." Once the test footage leaked, that created a groundswell of support. And the studio responded to that groundswell by saying, "Okay, here's the absolute bare minimum amount of money that we will give this character. Let us know when the movie's done."
You played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it seemed like no one was happy with how that went.
It was during a writers' strike, so all my dialogue in that movie I wrote. I mean, in the stage directions it just said, "Deadpool shows up, talks really fast, and makes a lot of jokes." At the beginning of that movie, that's pretty close to Deadpool's Wade Wilson—we're in the ballpark with that guy. But it completely departed all canon and reason, and he wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that. If you watch the movie, I'm actually playing only a small section, and another actor, this gifted stunt performer, is doing the lion's share of that work. The conversation at the time was "If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don't want to introduce him in this fashion, we'll have someone else play him."
That movie leaked online a month and a half before it was supposed to be released, and all these people saw it and were so upset about Deadpool.
I was in Mexico with some friends, and I was called by the chief of the studio, who said, "You have to get on a plane right now. We need to re-shoot the very end of the movie." I was such a douche, because I was like, "I told you so." I still get angry, because I remember saying, "You know, there are more Deadpool fans out there than you realize, and they're not gonna be happy with this." I was met with a plausible reason, which was "We don't have enough time to develop a proper Deadpool suit and make him the fully realized version of the comic, so we're going with this." But I was like, "Then don't do it at all!"
You've been obsessed with Deadpool for forever. You were literally talking about it when you were doing press for Green Lantern.
It's like when your husband or wife is out there doing interviews and constantly batting their eyes about some other actor or actress—like, that's a problem. Right before I took Green Lantern, I wrote a letter to my executive at Fox saying, "I'm gonna take this movie Green Lantern if you guys aren't gonna make Deadpool. I'm at the altar, about to say 'I do' to somebody else, but tell me you want to spend the rest of your life with me, because I want to spend the rest of my life with you." And they said, "Unfortunately, we can't green-light that movie, and I don't think it's gonna ever get green-lit." So I was like, *Okay, I'm gonna go move on with my life, then, I guess.
It must have been unbelievably gratifying when Deadpool was a hit. When did you know?
When the Thursday midnight numbers were so excessive that I just went, "Whoa." We made our production budget back on Friday. There's a certain vindication that comes with that, especially because the studio—granted, under different regimes—for years just kept telling us to go fuck ourselves sterile.
Is Fox shoving money at you now?
Are you insane? It's not like, "We really want to shoot this on $70 million," and they're like, "We insist: It's 150." That never happens, trust me. And the ﬁrst time, it was almost like the more Fox took away from us, the stronger we got. There's two moments of the movie where I forget my ammo bag. That's not because Deadpool's forgetful. That's because we couldn't afford the guns that we were about to use in the scene.
It sounds relentless.
I felt like I was on some schooner in the middle of a white squall the whole time. It just never stopped. When it ﬁnally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, "You have anxiety."
But you are the film.
It is genuinely like an alter ego I can turn on and off.
Your life seems so good right now. Are you content, or are you like, "It's all downhill from here"?
The needle doesn't move as much as you think it does—I really think that people just come down the chute a certain way. There's this idea that when somebody's just a miserable son of a bitch and they win the lottery, they're ecstatic for like six months, but when you catch up to them a year down the line, they're still a pessimistic person. And when a super-happy optimist loses everything in life, they just sort of figure it out and go back to their baseline. My baseline's pretty good, I think, aside from a few pretty intense anxiety hiccups over my life. I wouldn't say I'm quantifiably happier now than I was when I lived in my shithole studio apartment on Wilcox in Hollywood. I'm also old enough to understand what's an illusion and what's real, and that it's foolish to try to think that I can control anything from here on out.
Undercut the Zen part with the same fears that everyone else has. But I wasn't a miserable fuck before I did this for a living, and I would hope that I would never turn into one, because I'm lucky. That's a Man of the Year quote right there. Jesus Christ. "
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