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Ryan Reynolds Had to Cut His Favorite Joke From Deadpool 2

Associating Fox & Friends with hate speech is fine, but this Disney line went too far.
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Fox gave Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch a very long leash to make Deadpool 2, the director told me earlier this year. "In something like this where you have to push boundaries they really let us go hog wild." That's why, for instance, the movie included a joke that equated Fox and Friends with hate speech—even though 21st Century Fox and Fox News are owned by the same parent company (for now).

Some lines, however, they definitely couldn't cross. In the final cut, with Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox on the horizon, Reynolds was forced to cut one of his favorite jokes about Disney. As he told The Hollywood Reporter:

"I think most filmmakers would say, 'Find your favorite moment in a movie and cut it out, because that's what's going to happen anyway. It was one of my favorite things in the movie, and one of the earliest things I planted my flag on and said 'I want to keep this joke.' And then it was one of the first things I was forced to remove. You like to think that you get to work with complete autonomy, but at the same time, you don't. You want to be collaborative. And as much as we laugh at Fox and poke fun at Fox, [vice chairwoman] Emma Watts has been a partner who has been in lockstep with everything we've done, every step of the way, all the way back to the first film. They've allowed us do stuff that I don't think any other studio would allow us to do. So, conceding on this one thing was not the end of the world for me. We had a lot of other great, great moments in the movie."

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Another segment that didn't make it into the theatrical version of the film was the now infamous baby Hitler post-credits scene that Leitch told me about earlier this year.

"I always loved it, because it created the same debate in our edit room as it does in the streets of the world," Reynolds told THR. "It was debated back and forth, and over and over again. We were all a little nervous about it, wondering, 'Is it too much?' None of us could come to a consensus on how to handle it, so our final decision was to just not handle it, to just not put it in the movie. We cut it out partially for time, but also to give us something really fun to add into the coda of the DVD."

We might never know exactly what joke Reynolds made about Disney, but if you want to see him travel back in time to kill baby Hitler, that, at least, is in the extended version of Deadpool 2.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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