Earlier this month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the long-awaited comic book adaptation Deadpool an R rating, which many fans were overjoyed about. There had been talk in the past that 20th Century Fox was leaning towards a PG-13 rating, long before production started, but star Ryan Reynolds had often said he would fight for the R rating. Some had wondered if any particular scenes had to be cut to attain this R rating, and as it turns out, that did in fact happen, according to director Tim Miller.
The director recently held a Q&A session at a Los Angeles fan event attended by ComicBook.com, where he offered some details on some of the things they had to cut. One particular fight has an extended version with "a couple more beats of violence that I liked," but the biggest scene they had to pare down was a bar scene with Ryan Reynolds as the Merc With the Mouth and T.J. Miller as Weasel. Here's what he had to say about this sequence.
"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.'"
The director added that fans shouldn't expect the full version of this scene to show up on the impending Blu-ray and DVD release. T.J. Miller, who was also at the Q&A panel, admitted that they did get carried away with this offensive stretch of dialogue, offering some insight into this scene. Here's what he had to say during the Q&A.
"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."
It's possible the scene that they're referring to was already showcased in the trailers and TV spots released so far. The scenes we have already seen featured a deformed Wade Wilson meeting Weasel, who offers several colorful descriptions of what Wade looks like, with crude references to avocados and a topographical map of Utah. It isn't known if that scene was cut completely from the movie, but if it wasn't, it sounds like it was much longer.