Deadpool’s body doubles (not that he really needs them, of course) had trouble bein’ all about that bass — at least to Ryan Reynold’s exacting standards. Reynolds, the mind and body behind 2016’s Deadpool, wanted his character to walk the walk — specifically, a girlish saunter — at all times, and some of the burly stunt doubles standing in for him didn’t quite have the hips for it.
It’s Deadpool’s fluid movements, wardrobe, and, of course, his hyperactive mouth that have always set him apart in the realm of Marvel comics. The man’s as comfortable in red spandex to hide the blood of his enemies as he is in a French maid costume with sparkly unicorn stickers on his cheeks.
Deadpool’s sexuality is something he fully embraces and always has. He’s the first openly pansexual character in Marvel’s history (the definition being: not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity), and it’s easy to see where a stereotypically masculine stunt double might have problems with that.
Reynolds told Variety that his stunt doubles had trouble dropping the macho-man swagger so commonly associated with superheroes. “Deadpool is so feminine,” Reynolds said. “At least in how I saw him.” He asked his stunt doubles: “When you land, can you sashay away?”
Obviously, Reynolds hit the nail on the head. He perfected Deadpool’s bouncing strut and dramatic flourishes. And, now, 2016’s Deadpool, which raked in $783 million worldwide on a $58 million budget, is nominated for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture and Best Actor (Reynolds) in a Musical or Comedy at this year’s Golden Globes.
Even if Reynolds and his team (including those troubled, sashaying stunt doubles) don’t win, the nominations in and of themselves are unprecedented considering the odds. Deadpool is going up against award season darling La La Land and Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins. Not bad for a potty mouthed mercenary in ass-hugging spandex.
See if Deadpool seduced his way into any awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 8.