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These jokes were so extreme, they were removed from Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2

While Deadpool is commonly considered to be the boldest, most violent and crass superhero out there, there were certain scenes too extreme to be in the movie. You’ll never see them, but you can read about them here.

hollywood Updated: May 18, 2018 10:41 IST
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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable in a poster for Deadpool 2.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable in a poster for Deadpool 2.

20th Century Fox didn’t remove actor TJ Miller from Deadpool 2 after sexual harassment allegations were levelled against him, but they did get Ryan Reynolds and co. to remove a couple of jokes that even a Deadpool movie couldn’t accommodate.

The first Deadpool film changed the perception usually associated with superhero films by creating a foul-mouthed, hyper-violent character who wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries, and going by a couple of jokes made at the expense of Fox, wasn’t afraid to bite the hand that feeds.

This trend seems to have spilled over onto Deadpool 2, due out this Friday after months of frenzied build-up that capitalised on the tremendous goodwill generated by the first film. Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller, became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, and hacked and slashed its way into people’s hearts with a crass yet endearing character at its centre. It also redeemed Ryan Reynolds, an actor who had made several attempts at movie stardom, but had never quite managed to attain the level of popularity many in the Hollywood studio system had expected from him.

And as much of a blank check as he was given for his second go-around as Deadpool - famously, Fox would only allot a restricted budget for the first film, unsure of its box office potential - there were certain edits that were made to the script that Reynolds co-wrote with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

We saw in the first trailer for Deadpool 2 that the character poked fun at direct competition - the DC Universe - and even Fox - ‘From the studio that killed Logan,’ read one card. But speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds said that while Fox allowed jokes made at their expense, they did draw the line at one particular crack at Disney. “This is a sore spot for me because there’s a joke in the movie that is not in the movie now because — I’m probably not even allowed to say this — Fox made me take it out,” Reynolds said. “It had more to do with Disney, and they made me take it out. As I look back at it, I think maybe that was a wise decision.”

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For the unversed, Disney is currently in the middle of a $50 billion takeover of Fox and its assets, which would mean that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could theoretically be merged with the X-Men universe one day, and Marvel boss Kevin Feige has certainly hinted at this. The deal is expected to come through later this year, after it receives governmental clearance.

A more recent revelation, meanwhile, suggests that the writers had planned a bold post-credit scene that was removed for being too extreme. Speaking with Uproxx, Reese and Wernick said that they’d written a draft of the script in which Deadpool went back in time to kill baby Hitler, which they even shot. “We shot it and we put it in front of an audience. He’s got the crib and he’s standing in the German nursery and he’s leaning over the crib to do it and there was kind of this, “ohhhhh.” And we thought we don’t want to leave the crowd on an ‘ohhhhh’. So it ended up coming out,” said Reese.

“Our last moment was Deadpool saying “Maximum effort!” as he goes in to throttle the baby. It does make you squeamish,” he continued, and Wernick chimed in, “There’s even a draft of that scene where we back it up even more where he’s standing over baby Hitler and says, “God, that is a toughie.” He finds a Sharpie and draws a moustache on the baby – a little baby moustache – and says ‘Maximum effort!’”

The removal of these scenes isn’t out of the ordinary. Fox made similar edits to the first Deadpool film. Speaking to EW, Wernick and Reese listed a few jokes that were removed from the first movie that include references to Shrek, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the first appearance of Deadpool, famously derided) and yet another joke made at the expense of Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds’ first superhero movie, a failure on every level).

Deadpool 2 also stars Josh Brolin as Cable, Zazie Beetz as Domino, TJ Miller as Weasel, Morena Baccarin and Julian Dennison, among others. A third film featuring the character has already been planned.

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