Ryan Reynolds pleasantly ‘surprised’ Disney let Deadpool & Wolverine be definitively R-rated: “It’s a huge step for them”

If the F-bomb-laden, violence-charged official trailer didn’t make it clear, Deadpool & Wolverine, the first appearance for both characters under Disney’s MCU banner, will be an emphatic R-rated film that won’t pull any punches (or adamantium claw swipes).

“I’m really proud of them for doing this,” Reynolds told Fandango’s Jaqueline Corey of Disney’s decision to trust both he and director Shawn Levy’s vision when it came to the film’s R-rating. “I think it’s a huge step for them. It adds a whole other color to this kaleidoscopic wheel that is that company and the different people that they have been entertaining for forever.”

Reynolds admitted that he was surprised Disney let Deadpool & Wolverine carry the “Hard R”-rating, but that he’s both grateful and can’t imagine the film, which features two of the most violent characters in Marvel Comics, existing any other way.

“I was surprised though that they let us go as Hard R… but very grateful,” Reynolds continued. “I mean there’s no other way to do it. For this character and this world and particularly Logan being an R-rated film as well, I felt like that was the most full-throated version of Wolverine or Logan that we’ve ever seen as well, so it really allowed us a lot of freedom, not exploiting the R rating just to do R-rated stuff, but really allowing us to do anything and everything in a world where anything and everything is possible.”

Later in the interview, Hugh Jackman, who will now have played Wolverine for a span of 24 years with Deadpool & Wolverine, asserted that he truly thought he was done with the character after the events which took place in Logan.

“I really thought I was done,” Jackman said.

“I was driving, I was on my way, I was just driving and literally just like a bolt of lightning came this knowing deep in my gut that I wanted to do this film with Ryan, for Deadpool and Wolverine to come back together,” Jackman said. “And Jacqueline, I swear to you, when I said I was done I really thought I was done.

Jackman said that he knew in his heart, ever since he saw the first Deadpool film, that a Deadpool and Wolverine team-up on the big screen wouldn’t cheapen the events fans saw in Logan — on the contrary, it’d only bolster them.

“But in the back of my head, ever since I saw Deadpool 1 I was like, those two characters together, I knew it. I knew the fans wanted it. Ever since I’d put on the claws people talked about these two.

“So that had always been there, but I just knew. And I literally couldn’t wait to arrive. As soon as I arrived I rang Ryan and I just said, let’s do it. Like, I hadn’t rung my agent, no-one. I had to ring my agent and said, oh by the way, I’ve just committed to a movie!

“Sometimes in life things come really clearly to you, and when that happens I’ve learned you just jump, you go for it.”

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