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Deadpool Director Reveals One Joke Fox Nearly Cut

Deadpool director Tim Miller reveals a big joke that Fox nearly cut out of the Ryan Reynolds movie, feeling justified when it performed well.

Despite the film’s eventual success, Deadpool director Tim Miller reveals that Fox had no faith in one of the film’s jokes. Miller made his directorial debut in the 2016 Marvel Comics adaptation, with Ryan Reynolds technically playing his role of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although with a much more faithful approach to the character, retaining its fourth-wall-breaking humor and gory action. Loosely placed within Fox’s X-Men universe, Deadpool explores the origin story of Wade Wilson, a freelance mercenary undergoing experimental treatment to clear up his cancer, which leaves him physically scarred, and he turns to the hunt for the man responsible.


Deadpool proved to be a critical and commercial hit upon release, with reviews praising Reynolds’ performance and fidelity to the source comics, initially breaking the record for highest-grossing R-rated film. The film’s development went through a notoriously long process, with a variety of filmmakers coming and going and Fox scrapping almost everything until a sizzle reel was leaked online and the positive response to it convinced the studio to give the green light. Many of the film’s behind-the-scenes heists stemmed from studio-reported issues with the script, including nearly a fan favorite. Deadpool joke that doesn’t make the cut.

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In the latest episode of their VFX Artists Respond series, Gang crew invited Tim Miller to revisit some of his past projects on the show. While discussing 2016 Deadpoolthe director revealed that Fox was trying to make the joke where Ryan Reynolds’ titular character says he will”touch myself tonightafter killing the henchmen on the bridge, and recalling the moment they were all wrong. See what Miller shared below:

“That was one of the five jokes the old Fox regime said, ‘Well, this isn’t funny, it needs to be removed from the script.’ When it brought the f-king house to Comic-Con, I was like, ‘Yeah, I told you!’”

How Deadpool’s Comic-Con Reveal Proved the Studio Wrong

The Deadpool trailer shown at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015 ultimately put the nail in the coffin of Fox’s efforts to gain creative control over the film, as they were proven wrong in what the film’s audience wanted. Audiences in attendance at SDCC memorably clamored for an encore of the trailer at the event, while also rallying en masse for the film’s theatrical release to initially set the record for highest-grossing R-rated film. Given Deadpool was canceled almost entirely until test footage of the highway action scene leaked, their attempts to take the joke out of the original script, among other things, showing that the longtime studio heads didn’t know as much about the character as Reynolds and writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Due to the film’s success, Fox eventually pulled back the reins on their creative control efforts with Deadpool 2with Reynolds taking the lead, ultimately resulting in original Deadpool director Tim Miller is leaving the sequel due to creative differences. Given that the 2018 sequel proved to be just as successful as its predecessor with both critics and audiences, Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick all returned for Deadpool 3One can hope that by producing the project, Marvel Studios will ensure that the threequel stays true to what has come before. Only time will tell when Deadpool 3 opens in theaters on September 6, 2024.

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