How Ryan Reynolds snuck in Deadpool work while making Green Lantern

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Jan 18, 2017

It's been nearly a year since Deadpool hit theaters to rave reviews and box office glory, and Ryan Reynolds is still riding high. This labor of love that he fought to make for more than a decade has garnered him acclaim, even more adoring fans and attention from the Critics Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, and more. Now, one step away from an Oscar nomination for his producing work on the flick, Reynolds is looking back on the long road to getting Deadpool made.

On a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Reynolds recounts the whole tale: How he discovered the character while making Blade: Trinity, the disappointment of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and even saying yes to another superhero universe with Green Lantern after he was told there was no hope of getting Deadpool made. Fans who followed the whole torturous development process know most of that story by now, but what you might not know is that, even while suiting up as Hal Jordan, Reynolds was still working on Wade Wilson.

"The weird plot twist was, somehow, some way, Deadpool got reinvigorated at Fox while [Green Lantern] was happening. ... What a lot of people don't know is [writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick] flew to New Orleans and, while I was shooting Green Lantern, we were actually all together writing Deadpool." Reynolds said. "We were breaking the story of the original Deadpool movie in a house that was being paid for by Green Lantern's dime."

Green Lantern was a famous flop, but Reynolds met his wife Blake Lively while making the film and its failure left him free to pursue his one true superhero love: Deadpool. The film finally got made, and The Reynoldssance (yeah, I'm still calling it that) was ignited. So, something good came out of Green Lantern after all.