With recent news of Deadpool getting banned in China for its hard R-rated content, we were happy with the indication that DP was keeping true to the merc’s nature. There was a resounding applause for the film during the secret surprise screening. Hell even Rob Liefeld gave it the thumbs up. But as it turns out, Tim Miller let it be known that they actually had to work down to an R rating. Apparently a scene had to be cut because it was so extreme and, we’re guessing, un-PC it would have stopped them acquiring just an R rating.
Now we’re not familiar with the ins-and-outs of the rating system, but what the hell is higher than R? X? XXX? Would we have to bring our own tissues?
Nah, actually it was the bar scene where TJ Miller as Weasel starts making colourful comparisons of Ryan Reynolds’ character Wade Wilson’s skin to offensive, and hilarious bits of comedic gold. Apparently that sequence we got a taste of in the trailer goes on for quite a bit. Director Tim Miller explains:
In particular, there was a bar scene that was too vulgar for even the R-rated Deadpool. That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. [Miller] and Ryan [Reynolds] got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean there were so many people offended, it would have really been – we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.’
Miller talks further:
We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful. Ryan’s a very, very good improvisor, and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys. It was very… heavy duty. There were some riffs that I don’t think – ‘You look like a trucker took a shit on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it.’ So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.
Tim Miller also mentioned another extended version of a fight scene with “a couple more beats of violence that I liked”.
So the R-rated version we are getting in the cinema is pretty much watered down, technically speaking. You’re welcome.
Check out the Red Band Deadpool trailer in the player below:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool is scheduled for a theatrical release on February 12th2016