It's Ryan Reynolds to the rescue as a Utah movie theater comes under fire for showing Deadpool while serving beer in the auditorium. The actor performed a very heroic deed, donating $5,000 toward the legal defense fund started by a Salt Lake City theater and pub that screened the Marvel superhero adventure against the laws of the state.
Deadpool, as fans know, is a very R-rated movie that contains explicit language and some graphic sexual situations along with plenty of gore and violence. Showing the offensive content directly violates Utah liquor laws that forbid the serving of any alcoholic beverage during a movie that contains simulated sex scenes. Three undercover agents who visited the theater during a showing of Deadpool later filed the complaint against the Brewvies Cinema Pub, citing the establishment for breaking the law in late February.
Brewvies set up a GoFundMe account to help crowd source money for their legal woes. They offer some background on their theater before asking movie fans to help donate to the cause. The theater pub was founded in 1997, and claims to have provided a 'fun, unique atmosphere for adults 21 and over to enjoy great films, food and drink' since they opened to the public nearly twenty years ago. This is what they had to say about the Deadpool incident.
"Brewvies has never had a liquor violation, and has never shown obscene films. For years Brewvies has dealt with the oppressive Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The DABC has threatened to fine us or suspend or revoke our liquor license, just for showing R-rated films like Deadpool, Hangover 2, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2. We are fighting for the State of Utah to respect our First Amendment freedom of speech. The money that we are raising will go towards a legal defense fund to be used for legal fees seeking an injunction against the enforcement of a statute that violates our freedom of speech. If there are any funds left over from our legal battle, we will use the funds for a public celebration of our freedom of speech! This is a fight that is important to all individuals 21 and over who cherish their freedom of speech. We are ready to fight back. We are grateful for any support you can provide."
Along with donating the $5K, Ryan Reynolds has shown his support on Twitter, cracking jokes at the expense of Utah and their state laws. The Associated Press reports that the state agency has agreed to schedule a meeting in May to discuss and/or settle the complaint without further disciplinary action.
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. It is the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. And it is Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.
Thank god, they've found a way to legislate fun. https://t.co/vUSptxaHb9— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 24, 2016