Ryan Reynolds dropped a lot of his own money to get Deadpool just right. From spending $10,000 to get Wade Wilson’s No. 1 gal, the late Bea Arthur, in the movie — technically, her likeness appears on his shirt, but we know the Golden Girls star was there in spirit — to paying for screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to be on the Vancouver set every single day throughout filming, Reynolds was determined to make the R-rated film he and director Tim Miller wanted to make — budget constraints be damned.
During the latest episode of AMC’s Geeking Out, screenwriters Wernick and Reese revealed the extent of Reynolds’s devotion to the project.
“We were on set every day,” said Wernick and Reese, who are also penning Deadpool 2. “Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there. We were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox interestingly wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket.”
We know the making of Deadpool wasn’t all “unicorns and cocaine,” but do you know how many unicorns and how much cocaine Reynolds could have purchased with the amount of money he spent during production?! (A hell of a lot.)
However, given the record-breaking success of Deadpool, here’s hoping Reynolds and company get a bigger budget for the sequel. But not too much, of course. You don’t want Deadpool getting sloppy because of all the bands in his pockets.