SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals details about ‘Deadpool’ which may be considered spoilers, so proceed with caution!
No sooner has ‘Deadpool’ gifted the world with a new trailer, than director Tim Miller has stepped in to offer some insight into not only the trailer, but the movie itself. Here’s what he had to say.
Here is how Miller described the movie’s setting, as glimpsed at the beginning of the trailer:
“I always like the way the writers described the city in the script which was ‘a pre-post-apocalyptic Detroit’. And that’s about as specific as they got. And I liked that. You know, it doesn’t say that it’s anywhere specific. I think there are some certain geographical clues in our story in that everybody knows that the X-Men live in upstate New York-ish and so we can’t be too far away. But the idea was that it should look like a shitty place because you want to set Deadpool and his world apart as something different: grittier, nastier, you know, more like Daredevil where it’s down in the streets where he’s dealing with small-time shit that the X-Men and their shiny hi-tech world don’t deal with.”
And what about the title hero?
“He’s like a kid with ADD who’s had too much sugar and he can’t sit still – he’s constantly fidgeting and looking to entertain himself. I’m sure there’s a word for it that therapists have for those kids who need constant input! But he’s definitely that guy. He needs to talk. He’s a fidget… I guess I would say – without ruining anything – it’s Christmas for his character. But his character isn’t necessarily connected to all of the reality of our world. But we did plan the film to be a heartwarming holiday classic – we had to work Christmas in there!”
“It’s a part of the plot, I don’t think we should ruin it, but there’s so many people that are on his naughty list that he is hunting down for reasons we can keep mysterious and then you can discover when you watch the movie. But yeah, it’s the equivalent of a serial killer or FBI agent’s wall of targets and we watch him go after them.”
No, this isn’t just a gratuitous picture of Deadpool’s ass! Here, Miller describes the Merc’s weapons of choice:
“Those are his Desert Eagles. The classics. If you haven’t ever held one of those things, they weigh about 50lbs each. They’re huge, heavy pistols that can basically blow your head apart. So they’re pretty powerful!”
And what about the process that transforms Wade Wilson into Deadpool?
“We’ll keep some of it a secret, but it is a facility: it’s a workshop where Wade has willingly come to try to fix his life but it gets a lot more broken. And it’s sort of a big turning point in the movie for his character… The guy that sort of puts the bait out there for Wade at his most desperate time, so, you know, whether he’s a mutant or not, we don’t really say, but he certainly is very, very good at convincing people to do things that they shouldn’t do when they’re vulnerable.”
Discussing MMA fighter Gina Carano who portrays Angel Dust, Miller said:
“Her powers in the comics are – she’s a little like the Hulk, in that the angrier she gets, her adrenaline sort of activates this super strength. So the angrier she gets, the harder she fights and stronger she is, so that’s her power in the comics and we try to play that up a little bit in the fight sequences. But Gina herself, she was amazing: in hindsight, I can’t even imagine considering an actress who didn’t have the kind of history that Gina did, because just on our budget level and the way we wanted to do these fights to keep them grounded there was no way that a stunt person could step in and do what she did, which was just incredibly physical. She would do these scenes with the stunt guy and then we’d take him out and she’d do them by herself so we’d have these clean actions and it was amazing. She’s got photographic reflexes and every [frick]ing take she was going all out. It was great.”
Miller also discussed Blind Al played by Leslie Uggams:
“She plays a role similar that she does in the comics, although in the comics it has some darker aspects as to why she’s with Deadpool that we don’t really explore, but I think she’s great. And it’s funny, because we filmed all the stuff in the apartment – that was the first stuff we filmed, it was the beginning of our shoot – and for the first time, I mean, for me, even living with the script for so long, I really just felt this love for Wade as the character because I could see their interaction and ‘I like ya’. Ryan’s likeable in and of itself, he can be doing horrible things to children and you would still like the guy, because he’s just that nice. But, in this case, Deadpool does some things that are hard to stomach and not normal things that heroes would do, but to see their relationship was a really, really beautiful thing. And I think where it falls in the movie really makes us root for him even more because he’s going through this horrible thing but he still has very human scenes with [Al]. And Leslie’s just [frick]ing amazing. She would do anything, I mean, I would go, ‘ok, Leslie, say ‘sounds like you’ve got a dick in your mouth’, and she’d go, ‘sounds like you’ve got a dick in your mouth’! There was no restraint. She would just do whatever was needed to get a great shot and a great scene. I love her, one of my favorites.”
Regarding Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Miller said:
“I think Deadpool wishes she’d keep her mouth shut more than she does in the film! Because she’s quite snarky. But, you know, her whole attitude is this disaffected teen who thinks Deadpool’s just a douchebag. And so that’s her whole attitude. She’s really not that silent in the film or at least she’s silently surly because she just can’t be bothered to engage with this asshole. That’s the basics of her personality: silently shaming, judgmental personality… We chose her because we wanted a trainee for Colossus in the film and the writers and I just fell in love with her name. It’s just so out there and so Deadpool and it was Grant Morrison who named her, so we knew we had to get her in there. And then we thought, well, we’re going to need to make her powers fit with who she feels like she is in the movie and so to me it’s just like other characters in the Marvel universe, like Nitro, for instance, whose power is to just explode parts of their body. But we did try to do it so that it wasn’t just a simple, ‘oh, I can explode’, she can transfer the force of the explosion down so she can move upwards – she can put it into a punch if she wanted to. So it was really just her fist exploding as she hit somebody. We tried to mix it up, even though we didn’t use that particular thing in the movie, but it was the idea. Actually, we did use it in the movie, it’s just not in the movie now!”
And since he mentioned Colossus:
“We got a big old fight with him in the third act which is great. He’s always been one of my favorite characters just because he’s just so visually impressive and you know, when you’re a comic book reader, the writing’s important, but also you want these incredible looking characters and action and I always loved him from my early days collecting comics. But to me he was always this giant behemoth, and to do it as sort of a normal-size guy didn’t seem to fit the character, and more importantly I think we got a lot of value out of him being larger than life and, you know, this fantastic physical presence in – and I mean fantastic like otherworldly – this otherwise very grounded film. And he really connects us to the X-Men universe too which is a good thing in small doses.”
And finally, what about Morena Baccarin as Copycat?
“Is there such a thing as a conventional relationship, because I think every love is different! When we cast her in her role in the film, again we stayed true to her origin in the comic, but I really wanted somebody who could keep up with Wade, because there really has to be a reason for these people to fall in love. And he’s so unique a character that she had to be unique too. Personally, I never understood the man who wants to find the wife who’s just going to do what he says and adore him and things like that and she was never meant to be the damsel in distress sort of relationship, it was always meant to be a woman that could keep up with him. Or, in many ways I think you’ll see in the movie, she’s a lot stronger than he is and that was always the goal. I love super-strong female characters. And incidentally, as we’re screening the film, the women love it. The love story is really strong. Real strong.”
Well, there you have it! Are you suitably pumped about seeing this X-Men-related film? What else from the comics do you hope to see on the big screen?
Directed by Tim Miller from a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, ‘Deadpool’ stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand and breaks into theaters on February 12, 2016!