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Ryan Reynolds was prepared to fight the MPAA over Deadpool 2's Basic Instinct joke

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Aug 7, 2018, 10:04 AM EDT (Updated)

One of the most shockingly hilarious moments in Deadpool 2 comes after Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is ripped in half by Juggernaut. With no bottom half to his body, he retreats to Blind Al's apartment, so that he can regrow his legs in relative safety.

When Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and Dopinder (Karan Soni) show up to formulate a plan that will prevent Russell (Julian Dennison) from making his first kill, the audience gets a full view of Wade's baby legs and, er, everything else that comes with that package — pun very much not intended. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter to promote the film's upcoming home release, Reynolds revealed that this Basic Instinct moment was something he'd been willing to fight for when it came to the movie's ultimate rating. 

"I didn't know if I was going to have to go down and arbitrate with the MPAA and explain that's my tiny d*ck and balls, not CGI. But it wasn't a problem," he joked.

Another front that Reynolds had to brave was Hugh Jackman, since there are several Wolverine jokes peppered throughout the sequel, particularly at the very start and at the very end. Running a few of these jokes by the Australian actor was a must, the actor said:

"Hugh is one of my closest friends, and I would never want to do anything to put him in an awkward position or something that he wouldn't be proud of. The only thing that was a surprise to him was the Logan music box in the beginning of the movie. That is something I felt like I could take some creative license with. I still feel like I need to give him that music box, because it is rightfully his, not mine." 

Deadpool 2 arrives on digital platforms tomorrow, while the Blu-ray drops August 21. Both will include the “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut," which has 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage like a suicide montage and a more time-travel antics.