For all his murderous bloodlust and foul sailor's mouth, Deadpool is an honest dude. Body count and colorful vocabulary aside, you can at least appreciate that Wade Wilson and the man who plays him, Ryan Reynolds, always speak their minds.
Deadpool's also unafraid to get creative in his movie marketing model. First he's imitating Bob Ross and then he's offering free tattoos at the Brazilian Comic Con, and finally inviting wisdom teeth removal patients to a movie premiere, all in the name of Deadpool 2. Now this unconventional grassroots promotion strikes again as Reynolds in full costume wishes One Direction's Zayn Malik (born January 12, 1993) a happy birthday in the most Deadpool way ever.
"Zayn! It's Wade, don't hang up. I just to wish you a very happy birthday ... again," he says in the blurry video below, which was posted on Malik's own Instagram account. "I also want to apologize for jumping out of the cake like that. I didn't realize it was the middle of the night, I had no idea I was in the middle of your bedroom. I want to thank your security who are very very gentle and creative with the taser. So anyway, happy birthday to you and Mr. Tim Horton. You share your birthday with a very special Canadian who's very near and dear to my heart. Alright..."
This video message opens up a lot of questions, like how did Wade get inside the cake in the first place and then gain that cake's entrance into Malik's place of residence? No doubt he wanted to Trojan horse the 25-year-old singer, but fell asleep, lost track of time, and entered in the middle of the night.
There's also the issue of why this wasn't posted on Reynolds' own social media accounts, but then again, Deadpool uses his charm to show up on the accounts of others. As always, it's another creative way of drumming up even more publicity for Deadpool 2. With Mr. Wilson, you can never be sure what you're going to see next.
Since the character has admitted to being of Canadian descent in the comics, it makes sense that Deadpool would be a fan of Tim Horton (born January 12, 1930), who founded the chain of restaurants in the Great White North known for their coffee and donuts. Both Deadpool movies were also filmed in Canada.
Deadpool 2's theatrical release was recently moved up two weeks and will debut on May 18 instead of June 1.