"Deadpool" movie writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talked about the anti-hero film and its lead actor.
In an interview with Variety, the "Deadpool" movie writers shared their thoughts on Ryan Reynolds and how it was working with the actor. They also weighed in on the film's success and whether or not its cause was helped by the test footage leaked.
"I think it was a combination of a few things," Reese explained. "We got the right regime at the right time at Fox, which was crucial. The few times things leaked, the script and the test footage, it really got a wonderful, passionate reaction among fans."
"And the third element was Simon Kinberg, he's the keeper of the superhero flame at Fox. Paul [Wernick] sent him an email saying 'We need your ass...' then after parentheses it said 'assistance.' Simon helped out and reasoned the executives through why it might be smart to make with an R rating. He was very much an angel on our shoulders."
Paul Wernick also admitted that they were thrilled when the test footage got leaked. "When it finally leaked in 2014 and got the reaction we hoped for, we were like, 'Here it goes!'" he said.
"This is confirmation we are not crazy to be passionate about this... We knew it in our bones this would be the reaction. We were thrilled and still to this day don't know who did it. There is a very short list of suspects."
Apparently, "Deadpool" movie star Ryan Reynolds helped with the writing process and even joked about himself.
"Some of those Ryan Reynolds-specific jokes, he actually came up with," Wernick said. "He's brilliant and so self-deprecating. There were some we wouldn't have dared to suggest early on in the relationship."
It was previously reported that the "Deadpool" movie has gone over the $300 million mark at the domestic box office.