Deadpool has zero filter. The super-powered mercenary, played by Ryan Reynolds, pretty much says whatever he wants, which is one of the reasons Deadpool and its sequel — due in theaters May 18 and gracing this week’s EW cover — are hard-R-rated comic book movies.
But Reynolds, who also co-wrote Deadpool 2 with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, admits there was at least one joke that didn’t pass muster with studio 20th Century Fox.
“This is a sore spot for me because there’s a joke in the movie that is not in the movie now because — I’m probably not even allowed to say this — Fox made me take it out,” Reynolds says. “It had more to do with Disney, and they made me take it out. As I look back at it, I think maybe that was a wise decision.”
Reynolds is, of course, referring to Disney’s deal to acquire 21st Century Fox assets last December. But more surprising is that there is still a recurring joke in Deadpool 2 about the Disney blockbuster Frozen.
Reynolds tells EW he’s still not been made aware if Disney plans any changes to the Deadpool franchise. “I really genuinely don’t know a thing about it,” he says. “I read that [chairman and CEO] Bob Iger felt that there’s plenty of room in that universe to have a rated-R character like Deadpool. This is completely conjecture on my part, but I wouldn’t imagine that Disney bought Fox to dismantle it or something like that. I think that Disney bought Fox so it could have that in its arsenal.”