If you’re reading this, you’re literate. So there’s that. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the first film, don’t you? That’s not a test. It was Deadpool. And this is the Press Kit for our short-awaited sequel – Deadpool 2. The softest- headed among you might be wondering, “What is a press kit?” Is it a mechanism for setting up a dry
cleaners? Or a tutorial for bejeweling nails? Where did the word even come from? Sadly, the one man who knew died in the Paraguayan Civil Unrest of 1864. His name was Milo. A horse fell on him. His final words were ‘Caramba!’ Which are of no help to us now.
For our purposes, a Press Kit is a way of bribing professional journalists with glossy insider information they can keep in a desk drawer or sell on eBay when drugs become expensive. I’m kidding. Nobody’s selling Deadpool Press Kits on eBay. I checked. Just one guy in Germany, but that’s expected from the country that brought us World War One. And its sequel, World War Three. Which brings us to our point - why did we make a sequel? As few as six years ago, if someone asked you about a Deadpool sequel, you would’ve looked at them like a dog looks at grapes (dogs don’t eat grapes, feel free to check, I’ll wait). Back then, no one was asking for a Deadpool sequel, or prequel to the sequel, or even Doritos Tacos Locos for that matter.
But here we are, millions of tickets and billions of tacos later. And people do love sequels. From The Great Muppet Caper to New Mexico, studies reveal audiences actually prefer a rehashed, watered- down copy to the original. Is Deadpool 2 better than a Dorito Taco? Who knows. Screw you for even asking. But there’s only one way to find out. Head to your local corporate-owned movie house and check out Deadpool 2’s bigger F/X, bigger cast, and bigger budget - in all its glory. I’ll keep an eye out for you (and any falling horses). And I’ll bring a cheeseboard.
Your friend, Deadpool
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
fter breaking box office records, Ryan Reynolds returns as “Deadpool” and this time the Merc with the Mouth’s movie is bigger and more badass than ever.
David Leitch, director of “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde,” is at the helm to bring more Deadpool back to the big screen in all his
glorious glory. Leitch says, “I’ve had the honour and privilege to help create a couple of different cool universes, but there’s something that’s undeniably fascinating about the “Deadpool” universe – it
re-imagined the action-comedy. The original was so special, and the world itself seems to be so expansive that you could have a creative voice and still be true to the original.”
“Deadpool” debuted in February 2016 with the biggest R-rated opening of all time and went on to be the highest-grossing R-rated film
in history with more than $750-million globally. “Deadpool” was also honoured as the first live-action superhero movie to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, and Ryan Reynolds was also nominated as Best Actor.
Ryan Reynolds not only stars in the title role, he also co-wrote and produced “Deadpool 2.” “Ryan is an incredible comedic talent,” says Leitch, “and “Deadpool” works as a perfect ground for things he really excels at. He took that character from the comic books and made it his own brand. There’s a synergistic effect with “Deadpool” and Ryan. He really is Deadpool in real life – in terms of the way he talks and sees the world, sometimes. He’s funny and irreverent but also has a huge heart and compassion, like Deadpool.”
Writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also wrote the first film, have been involved with “Deadpool” since 2009. “It feels like we’ve been living with him our whole lives,” says Wernick. Reynolds approached Reese and Wernick to write the screenplay for the original “Deadpool” and Reese recalls, “It took us five or six years of an uphill climb to get the movie made and it was very much a passion project in a way that is usually reserved for things like independent films or little movies that can’t get financed. “Deadpool” is an apple among oranges, when it comes to superheroes. He is irreverent. He is self-loathing. He is silly, childlike, violent, annoying. He’s a lot of things that other superheroes aren’t and he’s not really even a superhero.
He’s kind of an antihero in superhero garb.”
“Deadpool is sort of like the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ says Leitch. “He’s disfigured and incredibly empathetic. He’s got a great backstory. There’s the wish fulfillment of a guy who has these healing powers. He’s kind of invincible. And he’s irreverent. He says dark, funny bold shit that you can’t say, but we like to hear. That mixture is great for a character.”
Wernick adds, “Deadpool is a self-deprecating, self-hating shame-spiral. We just fell in love with it. To have had Ryan’s voice in our heads the whole time, as we were writing, was such a privilege. He is Deadpool. His mind works and thinks and speaks as one character. It really is a treat for us to sit down at the computer and write for him.”
“Ryan is very much Deadpool in the sense that his sense of humour is in line with Deadpool’s,” says Reese. “It’s very raunchy and edgy and silly and immature. He was just the perfect fit for it and he knew that. He was in love with the character before we ever got the first movie going. Among
the many things he brings to it is the physicality, making Deadpool funny behind his mask and suit. Ryan is very Chaplinesque. He can do a lot with his body and gestures to convey humour and
personality so, despite the fact that you see his face only in about half the movie, he really is able to communicate comedy just through his voice and through his mannerisms.”