Ryan Reynolds' two Deadpool films (because why would we count X-Men Origins: Wolverine?) are some of, if not the craziest superhero stories ever put on the big screen. So, it stands to reason their behind-the-scenes processes made for some memorable stories.
However, despite many entries on this list being memorable in a good way, some are not so fondly looked back on (in particular, one tragic incident that we'll touch on later). But, this is the movie business, and anything can happen during the making of our favorite films. Thankfully, these incidents have not come to define the Deadpool series, and the films have earned a positive place in superhero and pop culture.
So, let's take a look at the good and bad goings-on behind the Merc with a Mouth's two (or two-and-a-half, depending on how you look at Once Upon a Deadpool) cinematic outings.
15 The suit made Ryan Reynolds cry
It's not strange for actors to get emotionally attached to their roles, and Ryan Reynolds' connection to Deadpool is definitely understandable. Before 2016, Reynolds' Deadpool was universally despised for bearing little-to-no resemblance to his comic book appearance.
So, when Reynolds got another chance, he knew the suit had to be perfect. However, neither he nor director Tim Miller were prepared for just how perfect it would be, as both men wept upon seeing it.
14 The accident
While the Deadpool films were made to be darkly comical, a truly dark moment occurred during filming with the passing of a crew member.
Motorcycle stunt woman Sequana Joi Harris got her first film role doubling for Zazie Beetz as Domino. Sadly, while performing a stunt on her motorcycle, she lost control and crashed into the Shaw Tower in Vancouver. Since she wasn't wearing a helmet, she passed away in an ambulance on the scene.
13 Lots of alternate jokes
It should surprise absolutely no one that many jokes didn't make it into the final pictures. A large portion of credit for that goes to Ryan Reynolds, who was known for his frequent improvisation and even kept changing jokes for the sequel as long as he possibly could in post-production.
While Deadpool 2's Super Duper $@%!#& Cut brought plenty of additional humor, this still wasn't everything left on the cutting room floor.
12 Additional X-Men really weren't hanging around
One of the first film's funniest lines came when Deadpool addressed the lack of additional X-Men due to "the studio" being unable to afford them. But the sequel proved him wrong (albeit briefly and unbeknownst to him) with a group of X-Men prequel stars in a room behind him.
However, the mutants actually weren't around, as the scene was filmed by Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg and added to the film via green screen.
11 The most unexpected cameo was paid very little
Deadpool 2 featured several notable cameos, but the one that shocked audiences most (pun intended) was Brad Pitt's Vanisher, hilariously shown for only about a second while getting fatally electrocuted.
Some might deem this a waste of money, as getting Pitt in a film probably costs a pretty penny. Surprisingly, however, Pitt was paid "a low, low salary and a cup of coffee from Starbucks delivered to him by Ryan Reynolds," according to co-writer Rhett Reese.
10 A single day of filming made a whole new movie
Despite mixed reviews, Once Upon a Deadpool, the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, was able to bring audiences back by being just different enough (thanks to scenes with Deadpool narrating to Fred Savage) to stand alone.
This meant it didn't take much additional filming to create this "new film." In fact, director David Leitch only spent a single day in August 2018 filming the necessary alternate scenes.
9 Reynolds' kids were kept away
While Ryan Reynolds loves having young fans visit him on set, he doesn't want his children anywhere near him when he's covered in Wade Wilson's disgusting makeup.
"They can come when I'm in the suit, but not the makeup," Reynolds told ABC's Lights, Camera, Summer.
He also reportedly keeps a lid on the Merc with a Mouth's potty mouth when his kids are around.
8 Surprising A-listers discussed playing Cable
Josh Brolin's casting as Cable was definitely unexpected, but most agree he dominated the role. However, what's even more unexpected is just how many alternate casting choices were discussed before Brolin.
Kyle Chandler was reportedly original director Tim Miller's top pick before he departed. Soon, Michael Shannon became the reported front runner, but scheduling issues got in the way. Other actors involved included David Harbour and Brad Pitt (thankfully, he had enough time to play Vanisher).
7 Major secrecy for one character
One of Deadpool 2's most shocking scenes was the surprise appearance of the near-unstoppable Juggernaut, who looked way more comic-accurate than in X-Men 3 and was facially mo-capped and voiced by Ryan Reynolds.
Writer Paul Wernick compared Juggernaut's secrecy to the CIA on a behind-the-scenes look in the film's special features. Even Colossus voice/facial mo-cap actor Stefan Kapičić wasn't aware Reynolds was portraying Juggernaut until he saw him preparing for motion-capture work.
6 One joke went too far
When hearing about a joke that was too much for a Deadpool movie, fans would probably expect a raunchy joke too mature for an R-rated film. Surprisingly, though, the one joke that crossed the line in Deadpool 2 involved The Walt Disney Company (who was in the process of purchasing 20th Century Fox).
While Fox forced Reynolds not to use it in the final film, at least the Frozen jokes were kept in.
5 Extra footage was shot to trick audiences
Deadpool's totally non-derivative superhero team X-Force was a big part of Deadpool 2's marketing campaign, but threw audiences for a curve ball when almost all of them were gruesomely axed off before they could begin their first mission.
This gag was expertly crafted by the filmmakers, who got the X-Force actors to shoot combat footage for use in trailers. It may have disappointed some, but it definitely did its job in being misleading.
4 Terry Crews wore blankets
Speaking of the X-Force's demise, this colossal surprise (like Juggernaut) needed to be kept under wraps. Terry Crews (Bedlam) also had a part to play, and we're still laughing while picturing it in our heads.
"When we were shooting in Vancouver, I had to walk around with blankets over me because there were spies," Crews told Business Insider.
That line is so funny that it could've worked in the movie itself!
3 The use of over 2,000 Canadians
To make a blockbuster as big (despite being modestly-budgeted) as Deadpool, it took a large crew. Thankfully, the Great White North was happy to oblige. While filming was going on in North Vancouver, over 2,000 British Columbians were hired on to the production as actors, extras, and crew members, according to the Motion Picture Association of Canada.
It's good to see Deadpool giving back to his native country.
2 Six hours of full-body makeup
Viewers were shocked upon their first glimpse of Reynolds as the disfigured Wade Wilson, with praise going to just how disgustingly real the makeup looked. However, like with all good things, it took a lot of time and patience for Reynolds to look this good...er, bad.
For example, in order to accomplish the full-body scene where a nude Wade Wilson escapes imprisonment, it took a whopping six hours.
1 Filming, rain or shine
If the makeup process was bad enough, the various weather conditions Reynolds (along with the rest of the cast and crew) had to deal with must've been downright annoying.
From using "as much contrast as I possibly could" on cloudy days to making sure Colossus' scenes "were consistent from shot to shot" despite his highly reflective character, cinematographer Ken Seng had his work cut out for him.