Ryan Reynolds Cannot Improv Anything During Deadpool 3

Ryan Reynolds cannot improvise on the set of Deadpool 3 due to the writers strike.

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

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In both the Marvel comics and films, Deadpool has a very apt nickname: “the merc with a mouth.” The character is constantly making little quips and asides, which indicates that he takes nothing seriously, and it will be fun to see that dynamic when he interacts with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the next film. Unfortunately, this movie may be lighter on the one-liners that made this character so popular: according to ComicBook.com, the current writer’s strike means Ryan Reynolds is forbidden from doing any improv lines in the upcoming Deadpool 3.

Why, though, would a writer’s strike keep an actor, Ryan Reynolds, from improvising any lines in Deadpool 3? You could call this a case of “good news, bad news.” The good news is that the script for the film was already written before the strike went into effect, and the bad news is that as long as the strike is in effect, that script cannot be altered in any way.

Most of the time, audiences tend to think of script alterations in terms of writers sitting down and making some much-needed revisions (something that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania could have benefited from). But alterations can also include actors adding lines outside of what was written, including Ryan Reynolds adding his own quips along the way while filming Deadpool 3. This is especially annoying because so many major films ranging from the original Ghostbusters to the first Iron Man film, became insanely popular in large part due to actors coming up with hilarious lines while filming various scenes.

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Interestingly, there is a chance that Ryan Reynolds being unable to improvise lines for Deadpool 3 during the strike may end up being a moot point. Disney effectively gambled by beginning production with their finished script and simply hoping that none of the key players involved would refuse to work because they were striking in solidarity with the writers, but suppose SAG-AFTRA (the actor’s union) cannot reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by the end of next month. In that case, Ryan Reynolds and all the rest of the union actors will end up striking alongside the writers.

If that should happen, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel executives would consider that a net positive or a net negative. Obviously, halting a movie mid-production will incur the kinds of major costs that most studios would do anything to avoid. However, once the strikes are resolved, and production can begin again, Ryan Reynolds will be able to improvise lines, and it will be fair game for him and the other Marvel powers that be to make changes that ultimately improve the quality of Deadpool 3’s finished script.

We’re honestly more interested in Ryan Reynolds and other talented individuals being able to make changes to the script than in Marvel rushing production of Deadpool 3 without making any changes. Honestly, it’s been half a decade since the last Deadpool film, and we can all wait a bit longer so that Reynolds and crew can give this script the “maximum effort” it deserves. If no changes can be made and the “merc with a mouth” can’t actually quip lines on the fly, we may end up with what everyone feared: a Disney Deadpool film without the bloody heart and insane humor that made the previous movies so magical.

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