Ryan Reynolds Says ‘Deadpool’ Is Like ‘Going To Prison For The First Day’

If you were worried that Ryan Reynolds is too busy to film “Deadpool” thanks to commitments to the “Green Lantern” franchise, “R.I.P.D.,” “Safe House” (opposite Denzel Washington) and a number of other projects — well, we can’t say we blame you. But Reynolds himself insists that he’s pushing forward with the Wade Wilson solo project, whether you believe him or not.

Reynolds spoke extensively about the developing film with Hero Complex, saying that “Deadpool” is going to go in “such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes.”

“It’s a nasty piece of work,” he elaborated. “It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral… It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.”

It’s no secret that Reynolds wants “Deadpool” to break down the fourth wall, blurring the line between viewing and participating in a movie. But the actor also knows that such an approach is likely to alienate certain moviegoers — at first, that is.

“With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” he said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back.”

“You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they already know who he is,” he added. “We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies.’ And yes, I want to write a cookbook about that…”

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