'I heard my phone and I knew that could only mean one thing,' the 'Deadpool' star jokes. 'A family member had died'
All Crops: 547469242 Collection: FilmMagic NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Ryan Reynolds attends the Piaget new timepiece launch at the Duggal Greenhouse on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
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Early on Golden Globe nominations morning, Ryan Reynolds was in the middle of a messy job — take the L away from Deadpool for a hint at what it was — when his phone started ringing and pinging uncontrollably.

“Yeah, I was staring down the barrel of one hell of a dirty diaper,” the actor and Entertainer of the Year tells EW. “I heard my phone and I knew that could only mean one thing: A family member had died. My brother finally ate it.”

Reynolds is kidding, of course. Could it be otherwise? And appropriately so, given that he received his first Golden Globe nomination for his ribald, self-referencing, wildly irreverent role as Wade Wilson in the massive hit Deadpool. The movie was also nominated as Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

And Reynolds, once he deposited his infant daughter’s diaper in the nearest bin, was genuinely touched by the recognition. “It is meaningful to me,” he says. “I’ve been acting professionally for 25 years, to varying degrees of success, and it’s a special moment to see something that you’ve stuck with for the long game pay off. There were many times when I thought this movie wouldn’t ever be made or it would made 20 years in the future, when I’d be too geriatric to be in it.”

Reynolds had played a sanitized version of the character in X-Men Origins Wolverine — and the Deadpool movie had suffered a few false starts before Twentieth Century Fox greenlit the project after test footage was mysteriously leaked during the 2014 San Diego Comic Con. “We are very, very grateful to that leaked footage,” he says with a purr. “Very grateful, thank you.​”

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Reynolds adds, “I was shocked and happy to see that we were nominated in two categories. Seeing the movie nominated is a real glass ceiling moment for the genre.”

Indeed, in Golden Globe history, no comic-book superhero movie (not even Tim Burton’s Batman or Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight) has ever been nominated in the Best Motion Picture category. Deadpool, in fact, is the first such film ever recognized with more than one nomination.

“I’ve always said that I wish the Oscars had a category for comedy as well,” Reynolds says. “It’s not an easy job. Oftentimes with comedies you have to have some pathos and real grit that in turn earns you the right to subvert expectations and be funny. It takes a lot of construction. And Rhett Reece and Paul Wernick, our writers, are amazing architects.”

He says, “You know, there are those joke credits in the beginning of Deadpool. But the one describing Rhett and Paul as ‘The Real Heroes Here’ is the one that’s actually true. They gave their last drops of blood to this.”

For a reminder, Reynolds own credit in the movie’s sensational opening sequence was:

“Oh, I stand corrected,” he says. “That one is also completely true.”

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