Ryan Reynolds, who plays Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, told a group of reporters that the January reshoots in Vancouver, Canada, were always built into his schedule, and not necessarily additions to the movie. He also hinted the character may be spun off in his own film.
The following Q&A features edited excerpts of a group interview on Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., where Reynolds was promoting the comedy Adventureland. X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens May 1.
Did you just get to do additional shooting to add more Deadpool to Wolverine?
Reynolds: Yeah, a lot of people thought that, but actually, when they approached me to play Deadpool, I was committed to doing two other movies, a movie called Paper Men, which is a small independent movie in New York City, and The Proposal, so I had a full plate already. They were shooting Wolverine in Australia, so that made things a little bit difficult. The idea was to shoot the Deadpool stuff after principal photography had finished. In effect, they weren't really reshoots. They were just additional shots and scenes that we needed to pick up. They didn't add really anything beyond the script.
How does it compare to having done Blade: Trinity?
Reynolds: Well, it's like night and day. I won't get into it too much, but I'll say that the Blade set was extraordinarily dysfunctional. So to work on a movie like Wolverine, it was incredible. Hugh Jackman is as classy as he is talented. That group of guys, you have all these enormous personalities in one room. Everybody was really amazingly chummy. Egos were checked at the door, I guess. I don't know what was going on, but I haven't been on a set that harmonious in a long time.
What's your take on Deadpool?
Reynolds: I play Wade Wilson, and I play Deadpool, but the character I play as Deadpool—Fox may differ from me—but I personally don't consider him to be Deadpool. I consider him to be the thing that Deadpool came from. It doesn't carry on past that. It's called Wolverine.
Has there been talk of a spinoff for him?
Reynolds: Yeah, maybe.
Would you be up for it?
Reynolds: Yeah, I love the character.
Do you wear the mask at all?
Reynolds: I'm not going to answer that.
Will we at least get to see the reasons he wears the mask?
Reynolds: Yeah, he's scarred up. You're going to see the scars. That's all in there.