Deadpool was an undisputed hit with critics and audiences when it premiered in February, earning more than $750 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Now, with awards season upon us, star Ryan Reynolds is looking for even more accolades for his foul-mouthed comic book adaptation.
Along with a screener copy of the movie from 20th Century Fox, Reynolds sent a hilarious letter to critics groups, Writers Guild members, and Academy voters to remind them to think about the Merc With a Mouth's big screen triumph when making their award choices this year. For Your Consideration letters usually harp on a movie's emotional impact or filmmaking prowess, but Reynolds filled his note with sarcastic claims like, "Despite countless roadblocks, the incredible team of Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Tim Miller, and I continued onward until somebody at Fox accidentally said 'Yes' thinking we were a Maze Runner spinoff."
This letter taps right into the crass tone that made Deadpool a success in the first place, even including a line about how the movie's low budget would "barely cover the cocaine costs on most studio films." Though the movie was an unlikely success, any real award consideration would be even more surprising. But that's not stopping Fox from pushing for Reynolds to get some Best Actor consideration. You can read the entire letter over at IndieWire.
Even if Reynolds's award plea falls on deaf ears, fans shouldn't be too disappointed: Deadpool will be back in a sequel tentatively set for 2018.