The biggest mistake made by movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand was the fact that they included way too many cameos which ended up doing anything but making fans happy. Throwing in too many familiar faces means that they’re not all going to be handled in the best way, and several X-Men characters have suffered because of that.
It was refreshing then to see Deadpool not go overboard with character cameos, but it turns out that Ryan Reynolds actually really wanted to include at least two other big names.
“We had endless [conversations about other X-Men]. Taskmaster was in the script originally, too expensive. We had versions where we wanted Hugh Jackman in there, we wanted all kinds of cameos from different people, but it just becomes a big mess for the studio.”
Director Tim Miller recently revealed that the rights to Tasmkaster have returned to Marvel anyway, but it seems that money was ultimately the driving force behind the Wolverine cameo being scrapped. “We went through such hell developing the script and which X-Men we could keep and which we couldn’t and it just turned into a nightmare,” Reynolds adds. “The studio would just say, ‘too expensive, too expensive’ to everyone. So finally we were like well, ‘what about Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ and they said, ‘Negasonic, what?'”
With the first movie proving to be such a success though, it should come as no real surprise to learn that the sequel will definitely have the money to bring in some more fan-favourites!
“I think the natural progression is Cable, ‘X-Force,’ hopefully,” the actor teased about the follow-up. “I’d like see ‘X-Force’ to be rated R as well and have the flexibility to do that stuff. If ‘Deadpool’ does what they want it to do [financially], it affords you that ability to do that.”