With the release of Deadpool only three weeks from tomorrow, fans are no doubt excited to see just what the film will offer. Trailers have only given us so much, and there are certain characters that we have yet to learn much about. But while many of us may be wondering what the film will include, we now know a little but about what it won’t include.
After the recent surprise screening of Deadpool in Los Angeles, director Tim Miller talked about some of the scenes that had to be cut out of the film. While the film currently runs at about 106 minutes, it could have been a bit longer. Believe it or not, the movie that was recently banned in China due to its graphic nature originally had one fight scene that was potentially even more deadly. When speaking of the scenes he had to cut, Miller said:
“There was a bunch of stuff, honestly…an extended version [of a fight with] a couple more beats of violence there that I liked.”
But the graphic nature of the film extends—as can be seen in the trailers—to the dialogue as well. Miller discusses one bar scene in particular, featuring Ryan Reynolds as mercenary Wade Wilson and T.J. Miller as his best friend Weasel, that could not be left in.
“That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. and Ryan 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.’”
T.J. Miller elaborated that the scene included some jokes that may have seemed a little harsh, and may have offended certain people. As in many of Miller’s scenes, much of this dialogue was largely improvised. In the actor/comedian’s explanation of the cut, he provides at least one example of such dialogue.
“We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful. Ryan’s a very, very good improviser, 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 s**t on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it.’ So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.”
The director clarified that this was not the worst of the riffs by any means.
“It was a little worse than that. He’s being gentle.”
It will be interesting to see how many deleted scenes show up on DVD and Blu-Ray. But ComicBook.com points out that, if Tim Miller’s concern is that people might take offense, then we may not be seeing any of these particular extras on standard home release. Still, one can only hope that less sensitive viewers will have a chance to see this footage in one form or another at some point in the distant future.
Deadpool releases on February 12.