GQ has just announced its 2016 Men of the Year, featuring Ryan Reynolds, Usain Bolt and Warren Beatty. Prior to hitting newsstands nationwide on November 22, here we get a taste of what to expect from the Men of the Year issue.
This particular spread focuses on 40-year-old actor Ryan Reynolds, as talk in turn surrounded Reynolds playing Deadpool, coming to terms with his father’s passing, and falling completely in love with Blake Lively.
“When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes,” Ryan Reynolds told GQ’s Anna Peele of his experience working on Deadpool. “I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety.’”
“I’ve been on the train for 11 years trying to get it made… Once the test footage leaked, that created a groundswell of support,” he went on to add. “And the studio responded to that groundswell by saying, ‘Okay, here’s the absolute bare minimum amount of money that we will give this character. Let us know when the movie’s done.’”
This of course didn’t stop the film from becoming a box office hit.
“We made our production budget back on Friday [after the Thursday midnight premiere]. There’s a certain vindication that comes with that, especially because the studio––granted, under different regimes––for years just kept telling us to go fuck ourselves sterile,” Reynolds said.
As talk shifted to the possibility of a sequel, Ryan implored, “Are you insane? That never happens, trust me. And the first time, it was almost like the more Fox took away from us, the stronger we got. There’s two moments in the movie where I forget my ammo bag. That’s not because Deadpool’s forgetful. That’s because we couldn’t afford the guns that we’re about to use in the scene.”
For additional talk surrounding the death of Reynold’s father and his affinity for wife Blake Lively, follow on over to GQ.