After 11 long and arduous years, Deadpool has finally arrived. After a torturous history trying to get the movie made, things finally started to move in the right direction after test footage from the movie leaked online two years ago.
It’s never been revealed who actually leaked the footage, but we may be closer to finding out. Ryan Reynolds, the star of Deadpool, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and discussed the incident.
Reynolds says there are only four people who could have done it. While he’s not exactly certain, he doesn’t think it was him.
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“I know that one of us did it. There’s four of us: me, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Tim Miller the director. We all said at the beginning that someone should leak it, so the idea was planted, but I’m 70 percent sure it wasn’t me.”
“We all said at the beginning. ‘Someone should leak it [Deadpool’s test footage]’, so the idea was planted.”
As Fallon says, 70% is pretty good odds, but it also means there’s a degree of uncertainty remaining with the actor. It’s high unlikely that Reynolds himself did it considering that, if he owned up to it, he could be found guilty of creative theft as 20th Century Fox own the footage.
Ryan Reynolds also recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show and said that the movie was greenlit by Fox within 24 hours of the test footage being leaked. So, it’s a good thing all round.
“Deadpool has been the best and worst relationship I’ve ever been in,” said Reynolds.
“Eleven years, I’ve been trying to get this movie made. We had a script, we did that about six years ago, then we had a little bit of test footage for the movie.
“That test footage sat on a shelf at Fox for four years, then about a year and a half ago, somebody accidentally leaked it on the Internet….And it just went nuts. The people started writing and flooding Fox, begging and pleading for the Deadpool movie to get made. Within twenty-four hours, we had a green light. We were making it.”
Reynolds also revealed a pretty great impression of a trailer voiceover guy while he was on Graham Norton.