Small celebrity roles and cameos can deliver a major blow to a film's budget, even when the star is only on screen for a matter of seconds. In the DVD commentary for Deadpool, lead actor and producer Ryan Reynolds reveals that it cost the project about $10,000 (which dwarfs what some crew members make on big budget films) to have his character wear a tank top illustrated with actress Bea Arthur's face, Empire Magazine recently reported.
In the comic books, Deadpool is Arthur's self-proclaimed "number one fan" and likes to watch episodes of The Golden Girls. The writers even named the spaceship for the Deadpool Corps "The Bea Arthur" in her honor. So, it seemed natural for the actress to play a role in the film—at any cost. In the commentary track, Reynolds said that showing the tank top in the film was "potentially cinema's most expensive Easter Egg ever," adding that "as a producer, I had to approve that $10,000 … You can’t have a Deadpool movie without Bea Arthur."
To check out the commentary and other special features for yourself (and to spot the Bea tee), grab a copy of Deadpool on DVD or Blu-ray here via Amazon.
[h/t Cinema Blend]