Ryan Reynolds Paid from His Pocket to Keep Deadpool’s Writers on Set
‘Deadpool’ wasn’t just the biggest film of Ryan Reynolds’ career, it was also a passion project the actor worked tirelessly to bring to the screen. He apparently ponied up cash to make sure those scripting his superhero saga were around on set.
‘Deadpool’ screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed that, when Fox refused to pay them to be on-set during production, the actor paid from his own pocket money to make sure they were available to lend their creative input.
“We were on set every day. Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there. We were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox, interestingly, wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket,” Reese said.
While the studio’s decision not to pay up is hardly an uncommon, Reynolds’ willingness to give away some of his own earnings in order to make sure Deadpool becomes a hit speaks volumes about his commitment to the film and the character. It did pay off, now becoming the most successful R-rated film in box-office history (with a worldwide gross of $782.6 million). We’re sure Reynolds won’t have to take similar measures when filming begins on the inevitable Deadpool 2. Watch teaser below: