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Ryan Reynolds fights for Deadpool's R Rating; Negasonic Teenage Warhead cast

03.30.2015

Production on DEADPOOL may have finally begun, but its battles aren't over yet. Ryan Reynolds has been most vocal regarding his desire to see DEADPOOL gain the R rating many fans feel it deserves and apparently the actor, who is currently in Vancouver shooting the film, is still fighting to secure that rating.

The film's budget, which is said to be much lower than its superhero brethren, could give director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds a bit of freedom when it comes to fighting for the rating they want. That said, I feel as though the likely end-game will result in a PG-13 version hitting theaters while the Blu-ray release will feature an unrated cut. Depending on how much they play up Deadpool's self-awareness, I could also see them poking fun at what they can't depict by actively censoring Deadpool's language and violent acts. In any case, the battle isn't over yet

There's still more casting news to be had as THR is reporting that Brianna Hildebrand has joined the cast of DEADPOOL in the role of Negasonic Teenage Warhead; that's a mouthful. The character, who originated during Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men, has telepathic and precognitive abilities. Hildebrand is said to be undergoing physical and stunt training for her part so we can assume she'll be kicking ass as well as reading minds.

Ryan Reynolds also hit the gym with a young fan recently and showed off his Deadpool physique in the process:

DEADPOOL is set to open on February 12, 2016.

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1:35PM on 03/31/2015

Rating can be worked around

With Deadpool breaking the fourth wall, they have a unique situation that could make for a funny release. If they do decide to go the PG-13 route (which studio execs almost certainly will), then have Deadpool be aware that he's in a PG-13 movie and do the Censor Bleep when he drops an F-bomb. He could even get frustrated with the censoring. Then release an R-Rated cut to BluRay without that footage and you have two different experiences that could be equally good.
With Deadpool breaking the fourth wall, they have a unique situation that could make for a funny release. If they do decide to go the PG-13 route (which studio execs almost certainly will), then have Deadpool be aware that he's in a PG-13 movie and do the Censor Bleep when he drops an F-bomb. He could even get frustrated with the censoring. Then release an R-Rated cut to BluRay without that footage and you have two different experiences that could be equally good.
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11:48AM on 03/31/2015

Release 2 versions

If they can do an IMAX/3D/technovision and a normal showing, why not release both a PG-13 and an R rated version? Although if they are so faithful to the source, I really hope there home release will be unrated.
If they can do an IMAX/3D/technovision and a normal showing, why not release both a PG-13 and an R rated version? Although if they are so faithful to the source, I really hope there home release will be unrated.
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2:00AM on 03/31/2015
I think with the success of Secret Service & not only it being rated R, but a comic book film, then it should be much easier for Deadpool to get the R rating fans & Reynolds wants. There is a market for R rated movies now & Deadpool shouldn't really be aimed at kids in the 1st place.
I think with the success of Secret Service & not only it being rated R, but a comic book film, then it should be much easier for Deadpool to get the R rating fans & Reynolds wants. There is a market for R rated movies now & Deadpool shouldn't really be aimed at kids in the 1st place.
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7:50AM on 03/31/2015
I agree with you there. But I also think some directors and writers get to a point where they've earned the rated R treatment, more say on their material, dialogue, etc. With Deadpool, I think Fox is still worried while it won't be a flop, it'll reflect a movie that may not reach the masses if its an R-rating.
I agree with you there. But I also think some directors and writers get to a point where they've earned the rated R treatment, more say on their material, dialogue, etc. With Deadpool, I think Fox is still worried while it won't be a flop, it'll reflect a movie that may not reach the masses if its an R-rating.
11:38PM on 03/30/2015
What would crack me up is if they go ahead and shoot the R-rated script with no compromises...and then the MPAA rates it PG-13 anyway. That's happened before :P
What would crack me up is if they go ahead and shoot the R-rated script with no compromises...and then the MPAA rates it PG-13 anyway. That's happened before :P
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10:16PM on 03/30/2015
If they're alreay shooting than it's with a script the studio approved, which I'm sure was written with a rating in mind.

I feel like we're going to keep seeing these articles of Reynolds and Co. talking about how they're fighting the good fight until we finally get the one that says "well, we tried but..."

If they are shooting a movie that could go either way then it's going to be a very light R like The Expendables 2 with a lot of CGI blood and a couple "fucks" thrown in.
If they're alreay shooting than it's with a script the studio approved, which I'm sure was written with a rating in mind.

I feel like we're going to keep seeing these articles of Reynolds and Co. talking about how they're fighting the good fight until we finally get the one that says "well, we tried but..."

If they are shooting a movie that could go either way then it's going to be a very light R like The Expendables 2 with a lot of CGI blood and a couple "fucks" thrown in.
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11:36PM on 03/30/2015
This stuff is more up in the air than you think. Yeah, studios might have an *idea* what counts as "R" and "PG-13", but at the end of the day it's the MPAA alone who decides what's what. Look at Kill Bill, which had to make the big Crazy 88 fight scene black and white at the last minute to avoid NC-17. Or the hijinks the South Park guys pulled to keep the puppet sex in Team America. Basically, even if there's some big important scene tying everything together that's hinging on an R film,
This stuff is more up in the air than you think. Yeah, studios might have an *idea* what counts as "R" and "PG-13", but at the end of the day it's the MPAA alone who decides what's what. Look at Kill Bill, which had to make the big Crazy 88 fight scene black and white at the last minute to avoid NC-17. Or the hijinks the South Park guys pulled to keep the puppet sex in Team America. Basically, even if there's some big important scene tying everything together that's hinging on an R film, you can go all the way through till it's submitted for a rating, and then the studio could turn around and do reshoots at the 11th hour in order to sneak inside that PG-13 threshold.
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10:11PM on 03/30/2015

People are entirely too worried about the rating....

I've seen plenty of good PG-13 action movies, and I've seen plenty of good R action movies (Kingsman and John Wick were awesome). But a lot of directors find out they get to have an R rating and immediately move on to nudity and ridiculous levels of swearing just because they can (22 Jump Street anyone?). I took my kid to Kingsman and found nothing objectionable until the stupidly tacked on anal sex reference. If I can't take my kid, I'm not going to go to see it in the theater by myself,
I've seen plenty of good PG-13 action movies, and I've seen plenty of good R action movies (Kingsman and John Wick were awesome). But a lot of directors find out they get to have an R rating and immediately move on to nudity and ridiculous levels of swearing just because they can (22 Jump Street anyone?). I took my kid to Kingsman and found nothing objectionable until the stupidly tacked on anal sex reference. If I can't take my kid, I'm not going to go to see it in the theater by myself, and I'm betting they'll lose more business than just me.

First priority, have a good script. Second, have a good cast. Third, put together a good product. Fourth, put out a movie that can draw fans. There's nothing wrong with an R rated film, but if they try turning it into a Roger Corman film, then it'll fail because not enough people will see it in the theaters.

Similarly, don't make it a PG-13 film just to get families if you wind up having to cut out too much stuff and make the movie crap in the process.
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9:48PM on 03/30/2015
This news is a bit worrisome... if they are shooting, wouldnt that mean they have a locked script... wouldnt that script be more than enough to gauge what rating it is getting? Also.. it sounds like the studio is adamant on a PG13... which is a shame
This news is a bit worrisome... if they are shooting, wouldnt that mean they have a locked script... wouldnt that script be more than enough to gauge what rating it is getting? Also.. it sounds like the studio is adamant on a PG13... which is a shame
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9:34PM on 03/30/2015
Reynolds is looking jacked (maybe more then he was in Blade: Trinity).

But I hope it gets the R Rating. For this particular comic book character, it's a must (at least in my opinion) like Punisher.
Reynolds is looking jacked (maybe more then he was in Blade: Trinity).

But I hope it gets the R Rating. For this particular comic book character, it's a must (at least in my opinion) like Punisher.
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9:05PM on 03/30/2015
That's what I thought. I dont think the film has to be R, and if they are clever they will just bleep out curse words and gore. It COULD actually make it funnier. And bc of the nature of his character, he could have a gory kill at the beginning, and then the audience would hear a cut and see all the crew and an mpaa person could walk in and say you can't do that. It's too gory. We need kids to watch this like they did wolverine origins. Just like that. And then deadpool kills him (ok
That's what I thought. I dont think the film has to be R, and if they are clever they will just bleep out curse words and gore. It COULD actually make it funnier. And bc of the nature of his character, he could have a gory kill at the beginning, and then the audience would hear a cut and see all the crew and an mpaa person could walk in and say you can't do that. It's too gory. We need kids to watch this like they did wolverine origins. Just like that. And then deadpool kills him (ok that's not a good idea but it could be with more time). It could be good without an R, the current comics by Brian P are silly and prolly wouldn't be R, but if it's already a smaller budget I hope they say fuck it and just make it for a certain crowd. In fact, I hope they do use that scene but he says fuck you and has a gory kill.
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8:56PM on 03/30/2015
Damn, Ryan! And that's one lucky kid.
Damn, Ryan! And that's one lucky kid.
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