It's hard to take an ax to your creation and make some cuts. It's even harder when the cut is something you really like in your project. That's what happened with Deadpool 2 and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter that there was a joke about Disney that he absolutely loved, but Fox asked him to cut it because of the potential merger.
"I think most filmmakers would say, 'Find your favorite moment in a movie and cut it out, because that's what's going to happen anyway,'" he explained. "It was one of my favorite things in the movie, and one of the earliest things I planted my flag on and said, 'I want to keep this joke.' And then it was one of the first things I was forced to remove."
While he was bummed to lose the joke, Reynolds acknowledges that not a lot of studios would give him the creative freedom that Fox has when it comes to Deadpool, and he appreciates that.
"You like to think that you get to work with complete autonomy, but at the same time, you don't. You want to be collaborative. And as much as we laugh at Fox and poke fun at Fox, [vice chairwoman] Emma Watts has been a partner who has been in lockstep with everything we've done, every step of the way, all the way back to the first film. They've allowed us do stuff that I don't think any other studio would allow us to do. So conceding on this one thing was not the end of the world for me. We had a lot of other great, great moments in the movie."
We can hope now that Deadpool is in Disney's hands they will realize that the thing that made the movies so good was giving Reynolds and his team the freedom they needed. It's worked twice now; stands to reason they could make it work a third time.
Summary(?): After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.
Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut, directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, and Zazie Beetz. It's out on digital download today and Blu-ray/DVD on August 21st.