If there’s one actor in Hollywood today who has handled an exuberant amount of fame and success with the upmost humility, it’s gotta be Ryan Reynolds. Everything he did in correlation to Deadpool–whether it be letting a young kid who was dying of cancer see an early screening of the movie or donating $5,000 to a movie theater that was fined for serving beer during Deadpool–the dude just seems to be immune to the jaded detachment that often accompanies superstardom.
Reynolds is now being praised by the co-writers of Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (writers of Zombieland), for pulling an ultimate bro move during the filming of Deadpool.
The budget for the movie hovered around $58 million, a modest sum when you compare it to tentpole films like Suicide Squad, whose budget was almost triple that at $175 million. One of the pitfalls of having a relatively tight budget is that the studio wanted to cut costs that are typically baked into big budget films. One of those cut expenses happened to be paying to keep the screenwriters on set to touch up the script as they see fit. So Reynolds ponied up his own cash.
On the latest episode of AMC’s Geeking Out, the two explained:
We were on set every day. 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.
Deadpool raked in $760 million at the box office and secured a sure-fire sequel with Reese and Wernick penning the script, so I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s wallets got a bit thicker.