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Ryan Reynolds Talks Deadpool
Exclusive: Wade will break fourth wall

03 July 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Ryan Reynolds was in London to promote The Proposal last night and in between rom-com patter and general charm, he gave us an update on his eagerly-awaited Deadpool spin-off. There's a double dose of good news for fans of the Marvel mercenary. Reynolds says Deadpool will breach the fourth wall: “Break the fourth wall? Oh yeah, he’s got to. I want to see him break the Great Wall."

Confirming what he recently told HitFix, Reynolds emphasised that he and 20th Century Fox were working to ensure that Deadpool close sticks as closely as possible to the Marvel comic-book: “The studio's working on a script and trying to find a director. The main goal is to make sure it stays close to the source material."

So does Reynolds feel under pressure from fanboys? “I’m one of them. I’ve always been a fan, at least for the last eight or nine years. I feel a bit of validation because I knew going into Wolverine that there’s a huge fanbase for this and I don’t think anyone else did."

SPOILER: One thing the annoyingly charming and funny leading man wouldn't go into was the little matter of that decapitation: “That we won’t speak of." So perhaps they haven't nailed the thorny problem of reattaching his head, unsewing his mouth and generally undoing the entire last act of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Still, it's comforting to know that the one name so far attached to the project is a die-hard fanboy, and we're currently basking in beautiful visions of a cross between Blade (without the vampires) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (the bits where he talks to the audience): please don't burst our bubble.

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Empire has no comic readers on staff.
the bit about having to undo the whole of the wolverine movie just shows that empire has no comic readers on there staff, as we all no that deepool has an ever better healing factor than logan, they have fought before, deadpools lost his head before. what did he do last time, just stuck it back on. maybe the staff should read some comics before writing. Facts writing staff please get some. More

Posted by gundamgirl1 at 01:09 on 10 July 2009 | Report This Post

I'm pretty stoked on this 4th-wall breaking...anyone who's read any Deadpool (or especially when Cable and Deadpool shared a comic) knows breaking the 4th wall and generally saying and doing glib detached things while killing people is what Deadpool's all about. Also, Deadpool has been depicted as being decapitated at least one other time that I know of, and lost numerous limbs...his regenerative power is usually depicted as being stronger than Wolverine's, not to mention the 4-6 times he's b More

Posted by jtravtrav74 at 03:03 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Excited! (cautiously optimistic)
I am very happy with the news that Deadpool will break the 4th wall, I was hoping they weren't stupid enough to miss that. Ryan is going to be great! And this is the Marvel universe, as commented there is another ending to Wolverine and in the comics no one has to stay dead, plus I do believe in the comics Deadpool was decapitated once and got his back, right? More

Posted by tai0316 at 15:18 on 06 July 2009 | Report This Post

the ending
theres another secret ending where it turns out he's actually alive and (for some freakin' reason) NOT weapon X. X is just thingy? so they'll either use that as their excuse or just ignore x men origins all together. frankly, i reckon the movie will be balls- like elektra. Ryan reynolds presence doesn't make it fool-proof= Blade trinity anyone? More

Posted by astoroth at 12:28 on 05 July 2009 | Report This Post

If they could get Shane Black to write the script Id probably have a stroke (in a good way) More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 15:01 on 04 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Could
If you're in to your Vertigo, particularly the writers that mix humour and drama so well (Ennis, Vaughn, Ellis) you really should check out Joe Kelly's Deadpool run. It's almost up there with Preacher as one of my favourite comics. Skip straight to Volume 2, the first volume is written by other dudes and is unrelated. dp/0785137319/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12 46633225&sr=8-1 The Joe Kelly issues are the reaso More

Posted by homerbert at 16:03 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Could
Happy to hear that Reynolds wants to make the next iteration of Deadpool more faithful than the version in XMO: Wolverine. I've never really read Deadpool and don't really keep up to date with comics apart from The Punisher and the more adult stuff (Preacher, Transmetropolitan, Y: The Last Man etc.) but I love the idea of having a Marvel character breaking the 4th wall on film. While that can be really, really cheesy I think it work work brilliantly if the overall tone of the film was simil More

Posted by Marwood at 15:57 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Could be cool. Could be shiz! A cross between High Fidelity, Gross Point Blank,Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Blade would work. Right? I'd love for them to keep the costume and ha. And they cannot show his face for the majority of the movie at all!!! Now all they need is a brave and bold director. Someone like Robert Rodriguez or, dream of dreams, Quentin Tarantino. But seriously, my vote would be for Joe Carnahan or Martin Campbell. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 14:04 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

watch Better Off Ted. He narates to camera the whole time
Works a charm in that :) More

Posted by Teamwak at 13:47 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Thanks for the clarification homerbert, nice to know. I can see how that might work well with a wise-cracking character like Deadpool, but they'd have to be careful to make sure it doesn't descend into parody and make it hard to take the film seriously. Oh, and to everyone else, apologies for the double-post, didn't realise hitting refresh did that. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 13:29 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Deadpool is the meat! More

Posted by sinj at 12:22 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

There's so much talk about having the character break the fourth wall cause in the comics he breaks the fourth wall. Simple as. He's aware he's in a comic and frequently jokes about it. Its done brilliantly in the comics, I look forward to seeing if the movie can do it as well. More

Posted by shanewire at 12:15 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

I can't tell you how excited I am that a Deadpool movie is being made....starring Ryan reynoldzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 11:47 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Does anyone know if there's any particular reason that Deadpool has had all this 'fourth wall' talk around it for so long? i.e. is there something about the character or something that would lend itself to this? Because discussions about breaking the fourth wall with this film have been flying around for ages when nothing else about the film is known at all. I just wondered if anyone knew if there was a particular reason to be going down this route with Deadpool. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 11:00 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Deadpool's big gimmick in the comic is that he's aware that he's in a comic. He takes the usual marvel caption boxes a step further than most and does lots of funny story mocking. It's not a million miles from something like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. When it's done well in the comics, it's great. Trickier to get right in a movie. Eoin More

Posted by homerbert at 10:47 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Does anyone know if there's any particular reason that Deadpool has had all this 'fourth wall' talk around it for so long? i.e. is there something about the character or something that would lend itself to this? Because discussions about breaking the fourth wall with this film have been flying around for ages when nothing else about the film is known at all. I just wondered if anyone knew if there was a particular reason to be going down this route with Deadpool. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 10:35 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: 4th wall... talking to the camera.
For me the best example of breaking te 4th wall is High Fidelity... it offers an insight into the mind and thoughts of the character in a way that normal dialogue doesn't... More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 10:33 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

This makes me a very happy bunny. I'm really looking forward to this film. Now all we need is confirmation that it's going to join the ranks of Blade and The Punisher age-ratings wise and I will be completely put at ease. More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 10:30 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

4th wall... talking to the camera.
It's from theatre terminology where the stage is viewed as a room of four walls, the fourth being the invisible line between audience and performers. When done right, breaking the 4th wall can make a movie. Most effective as a comedy device (eg, the pork belly discussion in Trading Places) though the ending of Goodfellas is perhaps the only time it's even been done to successful dramatic effect. More

Posted by GeneralZod at 10:26 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

It means the boundary between a fictional setting and the audience. When a character acknowledges the auidence etc, they're breaking the fourth wall. More

Posted by lickmyinjuries at 10:11 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

Pardon my ignorance, but what is the 4th wall? More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 09:54 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

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