One of the things that stood out for us about the Deadpool film was the character’s sense of humor. Ryan Reynolds killed it in that regard, and it was an absolute hit with audiences around the world.

There was a ton of ad-libbing while shooting Deadpool. The filmmakers tried out so many different alternate jokes that didn’t make the final cut. We’ve seen a few variations of these jokes in the trailers and TV spots that were released, but thanks to screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, ten jokes that didn’t make the final cut have been revealed. We’ve included those jokes below (from EW):

“Alex Trebek” for $500, Alex.:

Originally, in the Deadpool game that he’s playing at the bar, Wade had put money on Alex Trebek to die. “A lot of people don’t know this,” Wade said to Weasel, “but Alejandro’s favorite color is cocaine.”
Wernick explains: “Implying that Alex Trebek is a cocaine addict and he’s likely to die of an overdose — we thought that was the most patently ridiculous rumor of all time. But it was so random that we worried if Trebek himself might find that unfunny. We also wanted to hit the story point that Weasel had bet on Deadpool. So discretion proved to be the better part of valor, and we dropped that one.”

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“You’re going to leave me all alone here with less-angry Rosie O’Donnell?”

Reynolds’ Wade Wilson compares Angel Dust (former MMA fighter Gina Carano) to the two-time View cohost, but O’Donnell almost missed out on the dishonorable mention. Fifteen other names were considered, including Kevin Sorbo, Chyna, Jose Canseco, “Louise Ferrigno,” and Busta Rhymes.

“All night long during the shoot, we were running in and whispering names in Ryan’s ear,” Reese says. “My preferred choice was Criss Angel, Mindfreak.” It was nonstop fun for everyone — except the person on the brunt of the joke. “God Bless Gina Carano for being such a good sport,” says Reese. “Chyna, the professional wrestler, was one of the names, and Gina, with her background in MMA fighting, took that especially hard.”

Bum or Rush

In Dopinder’s taxi, the cab driver asks Deadpool what Mama June tastes like. “Then we wrote a line in which Deadpool deadpans, ‘Like Rush Limbaugh’s couch cushions after Shark Week,’” says Reese. “We didn’t make any conscious decision to avoid the overtly political. But at the end of the day, Tim thought that ‘Like two hobos f–king in a shoe filled with piss’ was just funnier.”

Trip off the tongue

Also cut out was a moment on the carrier flight deck, where one of Ajax’s felled goons reaches for Deadpool’s ankle. Deadpool looks down and stomps the goon’s face with his boot and quips, “Your plan to trip me to death…has failed.”

Says Reese, “Oftentimes the hero’s on a journey in that third act, but because Deadpool is so A.D.D. he makes these jokes even when the plot is more consequential. But there were moments in time when even we had to snap back in and focus on the story. This was one of those. At that exact moment, when Deadpool and Vanessa are seeing each other for the first time, we felt like not telling a joke.”

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Or are you just happy to see me?

After the mercenaries of Sister Margaret’s come to Weasel’s defense, pointing every gun they have at Angel Dust, T.J. Miller became irate at one guy across the room: “Dave, I didn’t see your gun!”

Hockey Jockey:

When Deadpool is pursuing a bad guy on an ice skating rink in — what else — a Zamboni, the film’s executive producer Aditya Soodpitched the perfect Schwarzenegger-esque line: “Ice to see you!” It made everyone laugh, but in a photo finish, director Tim Miller chose the “I’m going to kill you…in five minutes!” taunt instead.

 

Keeping off the Green:

Out on the freeway, Colossus offers Deadpool the chance to be a superhero. And Reynolds chooses the opportunity to say a few words about his experience being approached to be a hero in Green Lantern: “It’s not the first time someone’s made that offer to me. And it sounds great. It’s only later you discover there’s no script, they’re trying to hit an unmakeable release date, and the super-suit’s going to look like it belongs in a Saturday morning cartoon.”
Wernick explains that it was crucial that the movie address Green Lantern, but the filmmakers were cautious of overcooking the joke. “It had to do with pacing, as well. Deadpool is this motormouth schizophrenic, but we were careful to spread the references around.” Yet for Reynolds, the sarcasm was curative. “Tim Miller has said that Ryan, when he made fun of Green Lantern, it was almost like therapy for him.”
“Being able to laugh at himself is one of Ryan’s greatest gifts,” says Reese. “And in that way, he really does inhabit the same space as the character. Ryan was born to play Deadpool but I think Deadpool was born to play Ryan.”

Of avocados and older avocados

Among the many things T.J. Miller ad-libbed about Deadpool’s appearance: “It looks like Shrek took a s–t on your shoulders.”

Lights, camera, action figures:

In a discarded scene, Wade picks up the action figure of Deadpool from the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine (also played, though in sanitized PG-13 form, by Reynolds), with its mouth sewn shut. He examines it with a grimace, and then tosses it to the floor: “This?” he says. “This is the biggest piece of s–t in the history of Earth.”

Explains Reese, “It was in the scene where Wade says, ‘This is my most prized possession,’ and we realize he’s talking about the Wham! album cover. But our director felt that that was enough to make the moment funny. We didn’t need another joke about the Wolverine movie.”

A close call on the wide stance

When Wade Wilson is first strapped to the table in Ajax’s workshop, Reynolds ad-libbed: “Don’t I know you guys from the airport bathroom in Minneapolis?” (If you don’t get the reference, just look up the phrase “wide stance.”) It didn’t quite work in the scene, but not because it was niche. “No joke was too obscure,” says Reese. “We got a Ronnie Milsap joke in there, and if the studio was comfortable with that, then we knew nothing was too arcane.”

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