‘Deadpool’ Star Ryan Reynolds and Director Tim Miller Discuss the Film’s Edgy Sexuality
By all accounts, the footage we’ve seen from the Deadpool movie appears to prove that Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller are delivering on their promise to give us a more faithful version of the popular comic book character. Reynolds has long assured fans that they’re aiming for an R-rating, which isn’t an easy thing when it comes to the family-friendly accessibility of superhero movies. We know Deadpool is going to be far from average, but just how far are we talking?
In an extensive interview with Collider, Reynolds and Miller discuss a range of topics regarding the long-awaited Deadpool movie, including the exhaustive battle to get the film off the ground, costume struggles (the bit about “whiskering” is particularly good), and…Deadpool’s sexuality? Yep!
Asked about the first promotional image they released (the Burt Reynolds homage) and if that might indicate a “hyper-sexualized” version of Deadpool, Miller responded:
Pansexual! I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool.
For those unfamiliar with the term, those who identify as pansexual do not sexually discriminate on the basis of gender or gender identity. This means Deadpool essentially has no singular sexual preference, and is open to men, women, transgender women, transgender men, and all the shades of gender in between. If you’re a human being, you’re up his alley.
Reynolds added that there is definitely some sexuality in the film, and he’s been surprised with how much edgy material they’ve been able to get away with:
There is some sexuality in this movie for sure. You kinda think you have moments when you’re shooting where you think, “This is, uh, a little excessive. This is a comic book movie. Are we gonna get away with this?” But so far so good. Studio hasn’t crushed us with anything. They were here yesterday, they were thrilled, they saw some cut footage and so far so good.
That’s great to hear, particularly since there are not very many comic book movies carrying R ratings. In the current Marvel era, an R-rated superhero movie feels like a gleeful act of rebellion, but there’s simply no other way to properly bring Deadpool — foul mouth and all — to the big screen.
Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin as Copycat, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Gina Carano as Angel Dust, and hits theaters on February 12, 2016.