From a structural standpoint, Deadpool is an incredibly tight movie. The whole thing basically operates around three key scenes (the dank torture pit, the highway battle, and the final standoff), and the stuff in between ties it all together. It winds up working really well for the film, but one unfortunate side effect is that it requires a lot of fat-cutting to work, which results in great stuff left on the editing room floor. According to director Tim Miller, one such example is a sequence he calls the "Cancer World Tour" – which the filmmaker recently told me he wishes could have made it into the movie.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Miller and Deadpool/X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg last month during a home video press day in Los Angeles, and I began the interview by asking the pair about any deleted scenes that they wish could have been snuck back into the feature for the theatrical cut. Miller didn’t even hesitate in his response, detailing how the sequence unfolds and what he really loves about it. Said the director,
There’s a scene, in the script it was called ‘The Cancer World Tour,’ where Wade and Vanessa went around the world to try and find a cure to his cancer. They end the Cancer World Tour having lost hope in this really creepy, shyster clinic in Guadalajara, and this doctor is clearly a quack. And Wade kills him. And it’s this really emotional scene, and Vanessa witnesses it, and it’s the first time he’s really let the monster out, and she sees who he is. And he runs away from her because he’s so ashamed. And it was a really great scene, and Ryan fucking crushed it. He just crushed it. He was so good, but it just didn’t work with the pacing of the movie so we cut it. It’s a really great scene.
This sequence clearly would have taken place in between Wade Wilson learning about his cancer diagnosis and leaving for the "superhero" program, and while it does sound emotional and would answer a lot of questions about how Vanessa feels about Wade’s work, one can understand why it didn’t make it into the movie. Going back to the aforementioned structure based on three scenes, this Guadalajara sequence would have slowed down Wade’s arrival to Ajax’s lab, and as Tim Miller puts it, it would have slowed down the film’s pacing. The good news is that those who go out to buy the Blu-ray will be able to watch it amongst a whole lot of other deleted and extended scenes!
Speaking of Deadpool’s Blu-ray release, you’ll be able to get 2016’s first hit superhero movie in hard media format next Tuesday, May 10th. If you’re feeling impatient, however, the film is now available for digital download.
Believe it or not, we already know a TON about Deadpool 2, from the new characters who will show up, to the returning characters from the first movie. Did you love Deadpool? Then you are going to want to read this!