Ryan Reynolds: ‘Deadpool’ Gave Me A “Nervous Breakdown”
Ryan Reynolds reveals in a new interview that he had a “nervous breakdown” after filming Deadpool, which he spent more than a decade trying to get made. The actor also discusses the movie’s small budget, the upcoming sequel, and more.
The actor is featured on the cover of GQ’s 2016 Men of the Year issue, for which he speaks about his big career comeback with this year’s superhero blockbuster Deadpool. “When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes,” Reynolds tells the magazine of his experience making the movie. “I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety.’”
His unease was mostly in part to finally reaching the end of a strenuous 11-year journey to get Deadpool onto the big screen. Reynolds had lobbied hard to make a film adaptation about the irreverent superhero, but not a single studio was willing to put up money for an R-rated comic book movie about a little-known character. But Reynolds explains that when test footage leaked online and went viral in 2014, 20th Century Fox “responded to that groundswell by saying, ‘Okay, here’s the absolute bare minimum amount of money that we will give this character. Let us know when the movie’s done.’”
Of course, Deadpool went on to become one of the biggest surprise hits of 2016, not to mention the highest-grossing movie in the entire X-Men franchise. “We made our production budget back on Friday,” Reynolds notes. “There’s a certain vindication that comes with that, especially because the studio – granted, under different regimes – for years just kept telling us to go f**k ourselves sterile.” But when asked if Fox would increase the budget for the upcoming sequel, Reynolds responded, “Are you insane? That never happens, trust me. And the first time, it was almost like the more Fox took away from us, the stronger we got. There’s two moments in the movie where I forget my ammo bag. That’s not because Deadpool’s forgetful. That’s because we couldn’t afford the guns that we’re about to use in the scene.”
GQ’s 2016 Men of the Year issue, which includes three separate covers featuring Reynolds, Warren Beatty and Olympian Usain Bolt, hits newsstands nationwide on November 22.