While I wasn’t a fan of Deadpool, my hopes are that with David Leitch in the director’s chair the sequel will at least deliver some decent action. ‘Bloody Disgusting’ recently posted an interview they did with Leitch, and he had some interesting things to say about how graphic he felt the film had to be and described what sounds like a great bit of cut footage.
“There were never any issues and we really did our best to self-censor in a way. I think we made our choices to be bold where we needed to be bold and be irreverent where we needed to be irreverent. We swung for the fences in other places and in editorial we maybe reigned ourselves in because we didn’t want to subvert a comic moment or an emotional moment. It was a balancing act but the movie led us to a place where it is and we didn’t have any problems with the rating.”
Asked whether we’ll get to see some of the excised gore, Leitch replied:
“Yeah, there’s fun stuff. I hope we get to share that in an extended cut or deleted scenes. That would be fun to share with the audience but like I said, the movie that’s out there is what the movie needed to be. I think when you go out and direct a movie, you make some bold choices and you experiment in production. You really spread your wings, and then when you get in editorial you start to whittle away at it and carve it and sculpt it and finalize it. We’re really proud of where it stands theatrically but there’s a lot of fun stuff too that we would like to share with the audience that I think they’ll enjoy on the Blu-ray.”
One deleted scene we’ll probably see is an extended version of a fight scene from the film’s opening action montage.
“Look, there’s a single shot in the bathhouse fight with the yakuza that’s part of the opening montage that was a seamless 360 shot that’s really fun. It’s sword fighting in a bathhouse full of yakuza that I think at some point we’ll share with the audience in someway. If not on the Blu-ray, somewhere else.”
Apparently Ryan Reynolds does as much in the film as Leitch will let him.
“Look, we can use all the movie magic tricks known to man. Coming from a stunt background, I do like to use stunt performers if I can in certain sequences. I’ll say this, Ryan is always game to get in there and do his fighting stuff. He’s really good at it. He’s been doing action movies for a long time. It’s good to have a great stunt double but it’s also good to have an actor who’s willing and that’s when you get the best combination of spectacle on the screen.”