We’re still trying to tally up all the references, in jokes, appearances and decapitations that Deadpool threw at us, but what about the stuff that didn’t make it into the final cut? Watch the following video, which runs through just some of the deleted content from Deadpool, making us wish the film could have jammed it all in.
When it comes to collecting facts, trivia and theories, it’s hard to beat Mr Sunday Movies’ channel on Youtube (via Squareeyed). In his most recent video (below) he looks at the deleted scenes, early drafts of the script, characters that were considered (both good and bad) and anything else he feels a need to add.
And here are his major points:
- The first draft of the script leaked back in 2010, but there’s about 70% of that draft that made it into what you see on screen.
- Two major fight scenes were removed for budget reasons; a motorbike chase after the highway scene and the final shoot out taking place inside a building a-la The Raid or Dredd, with Deadpool working his way up to face the villain. Deadpool forgetting his guns was a gag put in to remove this scene.
- There was a deleted section with Wade travelling the world looking for a cure to his cancer, involving him killing a doctor who tries to rip him off.
- The original script didn’t have the montage of him looking for Ajax (Francis), instead it involved Wade taking on mercenary jobs while he waited for him to be released from prison, following the lab getting burned down. Deadpool also carves “Hello my name is Francis” into Ajax’s forehead. Brutal.
- A montage referencing Groundhog Day was removed, which would have involved Deadpool attempting to commit suicide in a variety of ways.
- Deadpool was to come up with the idea for his mask by turning a Spider-Man mask inside out.
- Other villains originally in the script were Wire, Garrison Kane and Sluggo. They were all of them replaced with Angel Dust.
- Dr Killebrew was also going to be behind the experiment that transformed Wade, just like the comics. Instead the mastermind is left unnamed.
- Obviously there were loads of jokes that didn’t make the cut, some we saw in the trailers, as well as one from Weasel that was “so offensive” the filmmakers knew it wouldn’t make it anywhere near the big screen.
- Ryan Reynolds has said that Taskmaster was originally meant to appear, but it’s unknown what kind of capacity that would be in.
- Hugh Jackman did not appear due to budget and scheduling issues.
And that’s only scratching the surface. There won’t be a director’s cut on DVD sadly, but we look forward to hearing more details as they appear.
Give the video a watch here: