It's no secret that Ryan Reynolds isn't hurting in the handsomeness department. He's been deemed the sexiest man alive by People magazine. He's married to Blake Lively, one of the most stunning ladies we've ever met in person.
But lo and behold the new and not-improved Reynolds, who spent hours in the makeup chair, having prosthetics spackled on to play Deadpool, the pizza-face version of mercenary Wade Wilson in "Deadpool," opening Friday. Was Lively grossed out by his, ahem, transformation?
"When you're inside baseball like that, it's a little less than if a kid would see it," says Reynolds, who has a daughter, James, with Lively. "Blake thought it was really cool. She would hang out when we were creating it. I spent weeks in a makeup chair testing stuff before we started shooting."
The finished product is what Reynolds wanted: raunchy, sexual, violent, profane, and emotional. The reviews have been kind, to say the least. "I look at them a little bit. It's mostly because I have a lot of skin in this game. As a producer, I want to make sure the ship is being sailed the right way. The movie hasn't come out yet and we already feel like it's a huge win for us just because the movie got made," says Reynolds.
One of the things that's most surprised him: "It really resonates with cancer patients. I can't tell you how many cancer patients have reached out. They love this idea that Wade is stricken with something that is seemingly tough to beat and he's seemingly managed to find a way with attitude and physicality," says Reynolds.
In the comics that inspired the film, Deadpool is sexually experimental. The movie stays true to that side of him -- something you don't see in the sanitized Marvel universe. That being said, the film tells his backstory, and focuses on his romance with a prostitute (Morena Baccarin).
"He's got some fluidity to his sexuality. We felt it was worthy of exploration. Did we explore it in depth? No. It's an origin story. In our film, he's in love with Vanessa. That's the focus. There's a wealth of material and subject matter that's never been explored in a comic book movie and we've yet to explore," says Reynolds.
Unlike his murderous and revenge-driven character, Reynolds is kind and emotionally present in person. He's aware, decisive and incredibly quick-witted. "I don't have a heart of sharpened icicles. Wade Wilson does have a heart. He's morally flexible. But that's more so relating to temptation. He would be a good friend to kids. Just don't have him teach sex ed in high school," says Reynolds.
The opening credits mock Reynolds, as god's perfect idiot, as well as his costars. "Oh yeah, that was totally me," says Reynolds. "We developed the script six years ago. For the next four months, we just developed and developed. That was the first sequence we'd written. Juice Newton was in there. That was in the original script. We loved the opening credits."
The same goes for the finished product. The film has been kicking around Hollywood, in various iterations, for a decade. It took Reynolds and his writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, to get it into theaters, with more than a little help from giddy fan reactions to leaked test footage that found its way online in 2014.
"Everything we felt would constitute a perfect Deadpool, we managed to get into the movie," says Reynolds. "I have almost routinely, daily and hourly thrown the studio under the bus but I'm using them as a pawn. They've been nothing but supportive. They said, 'Go make the movie and make it exactly how you want.' Nothing but blind support. And that was amazing. That was a direct response to the test footage that came out."
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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in New York. Actor Ryan Reynolds was the victim of a hit-and-run in a hotel parking lot, his publicist and Vancouver police said Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0221 -- Pictured: Actor Ryan Reynolds on March 2, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for photographers during a photocall for the film 'Woman in Gold' presented as Berlinale Special at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The only thing better than Blake's dress was her handsome husband, Ryan Reynolds, by her side. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Designer Gabriela Cadena and Blake Lively pose backstage before the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at One World Trade Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actors Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Blake Lively poses backstage before the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at One World Trade Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Designer Gabriela Cadena (L) and Actress Blake Lively pose backstage at the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Gabriela Cadena)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Blake Lively attends L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women of Worth Awards at The Pierre Hotel on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Blake Lively is seen in New York City on December 04, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Blake Lively attends 2014 American Made Summit: In Conversation With Martha Stewart And Blake Lively at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Headquarters on November 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively attend 'The Captives' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival>> on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Blake Lively attends 2014 American Made Summit: In Conversation with Martha Stewart and Blake Lively at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Headquarters on November 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
Hot mama! Lively put her new pregnancy curves on display in a butter colored Gucci’s Resort 2015 gown, which featured a plunging, embellished neckline for the 2014 Angel Ball in New York City on October 20. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
Never one to stray away from color, the former "Gossip Girl" star channeled her fashion-loving character Serena and draped her bump in a tribal print poncho as she ran errands in New York City. She polished off the look with a pair of knee-high boots. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Lively is all about the prints! The blond babe put her best foot forward in a printed jumpsuit as she hit the Big Apple in October. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
Lively's first red carpet appearance since she announced her pregnancy was certainly a hit. The Green Lantern" gal sparkled in a Michael Kors gown at the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
What a wonderful night with @amberrosetamblyn and @travislouie at the opening of his new show in NYC. He is one of my favorite artists and a great father, husband and man! So grateful to know him 😊 Ps. Thank you Amber for playing dress up with me #PreserveStyle Who can iSpy the @preserve_us pieces we borrowed?
Blake Lively announced her pregnancy on her website, Preserve, on October 5, wearing this gorgeous printed orchid Sam & Lavi maternity look. The skirt and blouse combo was a serious hit and practically flew off the shelves.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend 2014 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 'Captives' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Actress Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds attend Angel Ball 2014 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend 'The Captive' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the 2013 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MJF2013/WireImage)
(L-R) Actors Michael Clarke Duncan, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, director Martin Campbell and President Warner Bros. Pictures Group Jeff Robinov arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 05: Actors Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds speak onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively accepts award onstage during Spike TV's 'Scream 2010' at The Greek Theatre on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.