David Beckham is no fan of Boltneck. Or Green Lantern. Or R.I.P.D. Or really anything Ryan Reynolds has done. But in a new skit hyping up Deadpool 2, the Merc With a Mouth tries to make amends for dragging the retired football superstar in one of the most hilarious one-liners in 2016’s Deadpool. But because he’s Deadpool, it doesn’t go as well as he hopes.
On Thursday, 20th Century Fox released “With Apologies to David Beckham,” a skit that features David Beckham watching Deadpool and getting pissed at the line mocking Beckham’s voice, which sounds like “he mouth sexed a can of helium.” That’s when Deadpool shows up at Beckham’s door, hoping to make amends. And the Merc pulls out all the stops too: Milk and cookies, balloons, a mariachi band, and tickets to the World Cup, “to not watch Italy play the Netherlands.” That’s when Beckham admits he can’t stay mad at Deadpool.
When they hug is the best part. Because that’s when the infamous song from the love scene in Top Gun — Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” — starts playing to Deadpool and Beckham’s tender hug. But that’s not all. Suddenly, Deadpool and Beckham are at odds again, when Beckham brings up Boltneck as a garbage movie. Deadpool, in his defense, proclaims Boltneck “was a masterpiece!”
Yesterday, Deadpool referenced Ryan Goslin’s Young Hercules. Today, he brings up his own low-budget effort, Boltneck, renamed Big Monster on Campus in the U.S. when it was released in 2000. No one has seen Boltneck, but it’s the single greatest obscure pop culture reference Deadpool 2 has brought to light.
As one of Reynolds’s earliest films (but after his run on the ABC sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place), Boltneck stars Reynolds as a college student who dies after being thrown into an empty pool. Another student, hoping to save him, retrieves a brain from his father’s lab, unaware the brain belonged to a serial killer. So Reynolds becomes a monster, who unleashes havoc on campus. I’m not making this up. Here’s the IMDb page and here it is on Amazon.
Deadpool 2 will be released in theaters on May 18.