In a 2016 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, the legendary creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, expressed his admiration for Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of Deadpool, stating that Reynolds was born to play the iconic character.
Stan Lee’s Compliment:
During the interview, Stan Lee remarked, “There’s never been a character like Deadpool, and Ryan plays him as though he was born to play the role. Just like Robert Downey Jr. was born to be Iron Man, you just can’t picture anybody else besides Ryan as Deadpool.”
Ryan Reynolds’ Response:
Ryan Reynolds, humbled by Stan Lee’s compliment, responded, “I don’t think it’s a backhanded compliment; it sounds like a compliment. I love Deadpool. Yes, he’s a little vulgar, and he has some issues, but don’t we all?”
Deadpool: A Dream Project:
Deadpool was a passion project for Ryan Reynolds, who, along with director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, worked tirelessly for 11 years to bring the character to the big screen. Reynolds had faced numerous challenges and rejections in his quest to make the film a reality.
Reynolds explained, “Deadpool was always a passion project of mine. I just couldn’t get it off the ground as hard as I tried. At a number of different studios and iterations, we came close to the starting line. I went back to Fox right before signing on for The Green Lantern and requested one last time if there was any way, shape, or form they would see me.”
Despite initial obstacles, Deadpool became one of Ryan Reynolds’ most iconic roles, leading to the development of Deadpool 3 and the upcoming film Imaginary Friends, both scheduled for release in the near future.