IN THEATRES: Get a Load of Vancouver-Shot DEADPOOL With Ryan Reynolds As the Merc With a Mouth

Has there ever been a movie campaign this fun ….and raunchy? Deadpool starring Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds is non-stop quips and action, much of it filmed on the Georgia Viaduct in front of a crowd of Vancouver-ites last Spring.

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Deadpool Day.

Valentine’s Day Deadpool.

Wade Wilson and girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Bacarin).

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12 Days of Deadpool.

Ending with a new trailer at midnight on Christmas Day. NSFW = Not Safe For Work.

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Halloween Deadpool.

Red Band Trailer.

San Diego Comic Con.

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And it all started with this Deadpool pose by the fire.

Ryan Reynolds rehearsing stunts on Vancouver’s Georgia Viaduct.

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Of this sequence. Deadpan image.

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Deadpool, aka The Merc With a Mouth, is the character Reynolds played in Wolverine, an X-Men Origins movie starring Hugh Jackman, but that film wasn’t true to darkly comic former special forces soldier-turned-mercenary.  In Marvel comic-book lore, Wade Wilson is a wise-cracking gun-for-hire with cancer who partakes in military experiments as part of the Weapon X plan to cure himself by replicating Wolverine’s mutant ability to heal quickly. The experiment succeeds except Wilson ends up terribly scarred.

No longer vulnerable because of  his new healing abilities, he hunts the man who wrecked his life — the villain Ajax (Ed Skrein) — and takes out any bad guys who get in his way with help from his sidekick, pal and arms dealer Weasel (T.J.Miller), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and  Negasoniic Teenage Warhead (Brianne Hildebrand).

In Wolverine, Deadpool was surgically altered and mouthless. Not this time.

Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick worked with Reynolds in 2010 to correct the mistake and restore the character to a non-stop quipster who hides his ravaged face behind a red and black mask and breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience. Two years later, director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds made motion capture test footage based on the Deadpool script. The clip leaked online and went viral — with millions of views — which led Fox to greenlight the movie.

The same team is at work on a sequel.

Deadpool filmed in metro Vancouver from late March to late May last year, shutting down the Georgia Viaduct daily before 3:00 p.m. for two weeks. Production cost an estimated $58 million before promotion and advertising.

 

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