It’s natural for scenes to be cut from a movie before its theatrical release, after all, there’s a lot of filming done before it gets put into a manageable run time. For Deadpool, there were scenes cut out that really showed how dark the movie could have been. Deadpool is a dark character, but apparently this was just a little too much.
IGN sat down with Tim Miller, producer Simon Kinberg, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and star Ed Skrein to talk about some of these scenes, and they went into surprising detail about what got cut:
“There was a sequence in the movie when Wade gets cancer” explains Kinberg. “Where he and Vanessa go on what they jokingly, darkly call the cancer world tour, to try to find a cure for it. And they end up in sort of their darkest moment in this shitty clinic in Guadalajara with a doctor who is a charlatan. Wade realises that and ends up in a very brutal and dramatic and cool way killing him and he and Vanessa split up in that moment of Wade realising that he is in some ways a monster who can’t be with this woman.”
It was felt that the scene would ruin the flow of the film, as Wernick explains: “There’s this stretch of movie when he’s in the workshop, when Deadpool’s in the workshop, that gets very dark, and we wanted to go in and out of those scenes. In and out of that darkness, and not undercut the humour and we felt that perhaps that gruesome Guadalajara scene was just a bridge too far.”
Also, one of the big fight scenes got trimmed down for being too gruesome:
“A big section of the work-shop fight, when we were on fire fighting each other and Ryan Reynolds is naked. There was a big part of that. The mentality for that part is that I systematically break him down in the sense that I break his bones systematically. Decide which joints to break to disable him. So the choreography was set up as such. And after I do the suplex and stuff, I come in and start breaking him down and they took out quite a lot of beats because it was just horrific. Literally I’m breaking wrists, shoulders, jaws, and it was pretty hardcore. It did make me laugh that they chose not to put that in because they thought it was too far. And I thought ‘How can you go too far in a movie like Deadpool?’”
Deadpool is available now.