He received 47 rejection letters from studio executives before they finally approved the film.It was a battle that lasted 11 years, as executives didn’t see the appeal or potential that Reynolds did.SUPERHERO TO HIS KIDS, ANTIHERO TO THE WORLD One would think that due to his super success, Ryan Reynolds would be walking around with that Hollywood glow; that exterior superiority that so many other actors of his stature have. Humble and kind, with smart jokes and a self-deprecating humor that seems to come from his self-proclaimed alter-ego, Deadpool.It seems that Reynolds and his match-made-in-Marvel-heaven are more alike than most people know. It started in 2004, when he saw a Deadpool comic strip that he describes as his own “splitting image.” “Not to sound too esoteric,” he said, “but I really get this guy.” It was that immediate connection that drove his determination to get the sardonic character up on the big screen, but it wasn’t without difficulty.
In 2009, he was finally able to secure a small win in his Deadpool battle; he played a version of the antihero in .
Deadpool was one of the most popular Halloween costumes that year, and Ryan went on to become one of GQ’s Men of the Year.
Things were looking up for Reynolds, who had finally found a character he understood 100%, resulting in an honest and entertaining portrayal.
In two scenes, Deadpool “forgets” his ammo bag, but Reynolds says that that plot twist was added not because the character is “forgetful,” but because “we couldn’t afford the guns that we were about to use in the scene.” He didn’t let this discourage him as he dove head first into the project, occupying roles as the lead star, producer, script doctor, editor, and marketing executive.
When it finally released on February 12th, 2016, it was a giant hit.