Ryan Reynolds offers first comments on Deadpool director's exit

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Nov 17, 2016, 4:32 AM EST (Updated)

The Merc has opened his mouth about the recent Deadpool 2 controversy.

Star and producer Ryan Reynolds has broken his silence over director Tim Miller's recent, sudden decision to walk off the sequel to this year's massively successful Deadpool. Along with Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Miller was part of a core group that was dedicated for years to getting Deadpool onto the screen, so his departure from the follow-up -- reportedly due to clashes with Reynolds -- was troubling.

Asked about the flap with Miller in a new interview with GQ, Reynolds at first replies diplomatically, "All I can really add is that I’m sad to see him off the film. Tim’s brilliant, and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did."

That's the kind of safe and neutral response you would expect in public, but a little deeper into the interview Reynolds seems to hint that some of the problems they were having began on the first film:

"Making the movie was very, very difficult. It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly. Luckily, everybody’s grown up and at the end of the day enjoys and loves each other."

But Reynolds also quickly adds:

"I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, ‘The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.' The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the f**k over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes."

That last comment appears to go to the heart of the split, which was apparently due to Reynolds and Miller butting heads over the tone and style of the movie. It should be interesting to hear Miller's rebuttal, if he ever gives one.

In the meantime, Miller has moved on to a new sci-fi adaptation called Influx, while John Wick director David Leitch is reportedly in talks to climb aboard Deadpool 2. What do you make of Ryan Reynolds' remarks on the whole matter?

(via Collider)