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Ryan Reynolds spent the better part of a decade trying to get a Deadpool movie made. Although he briefly got to play Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was only thanks to animated test footage being leaked online last year that the project was finally kicked off and Reynolds fully immersed himself as the Merc with the Mouth. The X-Men spinoff finished filming this past May, and to commemorate its conclusion, Reynolds took something from the set he definitely wasn’t supposed to: Deadpool’s costume.
As the actor told MSN, once Deadpool finished principal photography, he wanted to bring home a souvenir to mark the accomplishment, and the only thing he had his eyes on was the protagonist’s distinctive red and black suit. Reynolds said:
I loved wearing it and I have run away with one - I'll probably get into trouble for saying that, but I've waited 10 years to do this movie so I'm leaving with a fucking suit.
Given that Reynolds would probably get mobbed by comic fans if he wore the suit out in public, I’m guessing that if he has put it on since stealing it from the set (like most superhero costumes, it looks like it takes a while to put on), it’s probably just been in the comfort of his home. Still, just imagine if he went into downtown Los Angeles and picked up some chimichangas. That would make quite the picture. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, if Deadpool 2 gets greenlit, we won’t be surprised if a Fox executive requests he give the suit back once pre-production or production starts. Heck, they may even corner him during the Deadpool press tour early next year.
We don’t blame Ryan Reynolds for snatching one of these suits for himself. As he said in his statement (and as seen in released set photos), he had a blast wearing it. Plus, Deadpool’s suit is one of the few comic book costumes that actually look like it’s been ripped from the printed page and plopped into real life. Normally these outfits are adapted so they look more "realistic" or work better for the film medium, but Deadpool’s is so faithful to the source material that it now sits next to the likes of Spider-Man (well, maybe not The Amazing Spider-Man’s) and Iron Man’s cinematic portrayals. Now if only the eyes on Wade’s mask could be as expressive as they will be in the film. Oh well, you can’t have everything.
Moviegoers will see Reynolds in and out of costume (thank God it’s not green or animated) when Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.