Ryan Reynolds has been interested in playing the Deadpool character for over a decade.
On Sunday, the 42-year-old Detective Pikachu star showed just how passionate he is about the role when he skipped an appointment for arm surgery to fly to Beijing to promote the upcoming Chinese release of Deadpool 2, according to Variety.
This will be the franchise’s first entry in China, as the original film was deemed too violent to meet Chinese censorship requirements.
The Life star originally injured his left arm during the filming of Deadpool 2, and was set to have surgery on it in New York City on Sunday.
Instead, Ryan arrived in Beijing for a Sunday publicity event ahead of the film’s Friday release date.
The movie being shown will be a re-edited PG-13 cut, as the original R-rated version was deemed too violent and foul-mouthed.
The cleaned-up movie features new material starring Fred Savage, 42, in an allusion to his classic role in The Princess Bride.
The kid-friendly version, renamed Once Upon A Deadpool, was first released in the US in December, where it earned a modest $6 million. It’s unclear if the recut version was only created to facilitate a possible Chinese release, or if it was always an intended extension of the film.
The movie’s Chinese version will be released as Deadpool 2: I Love My Family, a reference to a popular Chinese TV show from the 1990s.
The first Deadpool film was never released there due to the difficulty of cutting its many scenes of violence and gore.
At the film’s publicity event, Ryan Reynolds showed off his charm in front of the Beijing audience eager to see his most recent Deadpool film.
The actor, who’s married to Blake Lively, 31, arrived on stage in a dapper navy blue suit jacket and vest, mixed with trousers in a different shade of blue.
The Green Lantern star was presented with a pair of rattle drums painted with Deadpool’s distinctive visage during the premiere event, as well as a stick filled with some kind of Deadpool-themed skewers
Despite the audience’s enthusiasm, it remains to be seen whether Deadpool 2 will catch on with Chinese audiences.
According to Variety, many Chinese fans will have already seen the film’s R-rated version online. Others might be confused off by its copious references to American culture. 77bandar
Ryan recorded a short video as his Deadpool character ahead of the film’s Chinese opening.
‘Yes, I know it’s taken a while, but I’m finally coming to China,’ he says. ‘I heard that all the boring superheroes like Wolverine, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Batman went to the usual spots — the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, a few roast duck restaurants. What a bunch of lemmings. Well, not me. I’m gonna meet the Monkey King, the Pandas in Chengdu, and the Dragon King in his crystal palace undersea. Don’t you try to stop me! I’ll see you soon, China.’
On Instagram, Ryan posted a photo of himself against the Beijing skyline and another with a crowd of Deadpool fans in costume on the red carpet.
‘Got my eye on you Underpants Building,’ he wrote. ‘Thank you to the incredible people of Beijing for inviting Deadpool onto your screens.’
The Buried star was originally planning to lead a series of R-rated Marvel films built around the X-Men franchise, thanks to the runaway success of the Deadpool films.
However, Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, which owns the X-Men rights, has put the plans for more bloody superhero films on hold.