‘Deadpool’ is finally hitting theaters this weekend, but this may not have been possible without a certain 2014 incident. From out of nowhere, someone had leaked the test footage that director Tim Miller and company had shot with Ryan Reynolds to show the studio what they had in mind for the film, which had been in development for about a decade. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the brutal, banter-filled, badass reel, 20th Century Fox basically had no other choice than to move forward with the Merc With A Mouth’s solo big screen adventure. However, no one really knows for sure who leaked the footage back in July 2014. Well, the film’s star may have just cracked the case wide open.
While appearing on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ to promote Wade Wilson’s upcoming feature film, star Ryan Reynolds reiterated that the test footage was what pushed the studio to take the project off the shelf and put it into active production. But then the actor said that the footage was “accidentally” leaked by one of four people: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Tim Miller, or himself. And in his typical playful manner, he said that he was “70% sure” that he didn’t do it. Did he or didn’t he? We may never know for sure, but you judge for yourself in the video below, followed by the official synopsis of the movie:
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.
Are you glad that the test footage for ‘Deadpool’ leaked, resulting in the creation of a proper movie featuring Ryan Reynolds as the fan favorite anti-hero? And will you be seeing the film during it’s opening weekend? Sound off in the comments.
‘Deadpool’ starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano, and Ed Skrein hits theaters on February 12, 2016.