Six years ago, in a New Orleans hotel room, Ryan Reynolds put pen to paper and started hammering out a script about a mercenary who gets diagnosed with cancer, undergoes torturous treatment that leaves him immortal, and morphs into a physically defaced creature named Deadpool.
The movie, already getting stellar reviews, opens Friday. And spoiler alert: according to the "Hollywood Reporter," there's already a sequel in the works. That's welcome news to Reynolds, who also produced the film.
"We've been prepared to be ready to go again. This is the greatest problem I could hope to have," says Reynolds.
"Deadpool" the movie was stalled for a decade. What changed? When test footage leaked online in July 2014 -- and fans went ballistic in the best way possible. "It might be the first true fan movie that's ever been made," says Reynolds.
To date, from the red-band trailer to social media posts, everything has only served as an extension of the character who headlines the film: foul-mouthed, morally flexible, sexually experimental, and totally hellbent on revenge for his hideous transformation, courtesy of a torturer named Ajax (Ed Skrein).
"We wrapped shooting and I carried making so many Deadpool viral videos and content -- which was so much fun for me. I've never worked on a movie where the absurd was so fully embraced," says Reynolds. "I feel like I've been shooting 'Deadpool' since we wrapped. I haven't stopped."
And with the finished product, what you see is what you get. Some material did get cut, because of time constraints.
"There's this rumor going around that there's a director's cut. This is the producer-writer-director-star-fan cut. This is it. We collectively edited this film. We collectively decided to take out a large section in the middle where Deadpool goes looking for (a cure). We cut some of that out. It got super dark. It will be available on the DVD," says Reynolds.
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CANADA - SEPTEMBER 08: David Arquette (centre) Kate Capshaw (l) Ryan Reynolds (Photo by Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Ryan Reynolds during 'Election' Premiere at Egyption Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa Joan Hart during MTV's 10th Annual Rock 'n Jock Baseball Game in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ryan Reynolds during Battlefield Earth Premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
400387 19: Actor Ryan Reynolds arrives at Maxims Super Bowl benefit for the HollyRod Foundation February 1, 2002 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SCRUBS -- 'My Dream Job' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zach Braff as Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian, Ryan Reynolds as Spence, Donald Faison as Dr. Christopher Turk -- (Photo by: Mitch Haddad/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ryan Reynolds during AMC & Movieline's Hollywood Life Magazine's Young Hollywood Awards 2003 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
From left, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Reynolds and Quentin Tarantino are introduced to announce nominees for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2007. Nominations were announced in 25 categories for the Golden Globe Awards, airing live Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Ryan Reynolds arrives at The Ziegfeld Theatre for the premiere of "Definitely Maybe" Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Ryan Reynolds arrives to the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" screening on Tuesday April 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait to promote the film 'Buried' at the Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
Ryan Reynolds, recipient of the Male Star of the Year award, banters with photographers at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards, Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE - This June 15, 2011 file photo shows actors Blake Lively, left, and Ryan Reynolds at the premiere of "Green Lantern" in Los Angeles. Reynolds wed Blake Lively in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Boone Hall Plantation, according to a person familiar with the ceremony who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. While it's Lively's first marriage, Reynolds was previously married to Scarlett Johansson. Their divorce was finalized last summer after three years of marriage. Lively and Reynolds both starred in last year's âGreen Lantern.â (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of "Safe House", in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Ryan Reynolds receives a wreath of flowers for his win in skeeball during a promotional segment for the animated film "Turbo" on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actor Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively arrive for the screening of Captives at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait for the film Captives at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Ryan Reynolds attends the "Mississippi Grind" cast party hosted by Chase Sapphire Preferred during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
Ryan Reynolds participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss his new film "Self/less" at AOL Studios on Monday, July 6, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the film "Woman in Gold" on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)