At the special fan screening event of “Deadpool” in New York, actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular antihero, had said that there will be a lot of DVD extras. Tim Miller, the director, has now spoken about what was cut from the movie.
At a special screening in Los Angeles, Miller, joined by other cast and crew, talked about the challenges in editing a movie like “Deadpool” which is supposed to be a part of the bigger “X-Men” universe that has been already established. Miller said Producer Simon Kinberg helped him to maintain a balance between the humor and the dark elements, while also grounding it in a serious world like that of the X-Men films. To do that, they faced a great challenge in the editing room.
“There was a bunch of stuff, honestly,” talking about what Miller had to cut out of the movie. He talked about “an extended version” of a fight sequence that had “a couple more beats of violence there that I liked.”
Tim Miller talked about a bar scene in particular that had to be cut down because actors Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller wrote an extremely offensive version of the scene. “That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean, there were so many people offended it would have really been – we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.’”
According to Comicbook.com who first broke the story, these “mean and offensive” deleted scenes will most likely not end up in the DVD extras which Ryan Reynolds talked about.
Actor T.J. Miller admitted to indulging in such excesses. “We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful,” T.J. Miller said. “Ryan’s a very, very good improviser and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys,” he said about Reynolds, adding that “It was very … heavy duty.”
“There were some riffs that I don’t think – ‘You look like a trucker took a s**t on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it,’” said a laughing T.J. Miller. “So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
The director, however, knew better and said “It was a little worse than that. He’s being gentle.”
From what Tim Miller and his cast says, it is more or less a given that there won’t be any PG-13 version of “Deadpool” made available despite such petitions, as the nature of the material does not lend itself to a kid-friendly or Chinese censor-friendly version.