Ryan Reynolds Reaches Out To Canceled Co-Star Who Called Him Horrifically Mean

T.J. Miller says takes back his statement from last week about Ryan Reynolds being cruel to on the set of Deadpool 2.

By Michileen Martin | Published

T.J. Miller is backtracking after saying last week that Ryan Reynolds treated him badly on the set of 2018’s Deadpool 2, long before the HBO Silicon Valley star was canceled. Miller appeared on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show, and said that Reynolds reached out to him in an email. He didn’t reveal exactly what was said in the exchange; only that “it was a misunderstanding.”

Last week, Miller was on The Adam Carolla Show, where he speculated that the star of Free Guy hated him, and that in fact Ryan Reynolds felt darkly toward Miller before the latter was canceled. He said that “things kinda changed” with Reynolds after the first Deadpool made him “super, super famous.” Miller related a story from the set of Deadpool 2, saying that in-character Reynolds began insulting Miller specifically, as opposed to his character Weasel.

“As the character, he was horrifically mean to me,” Miller told Carolla. “But to me. As if I’m Weasel.”

Miller gave the example of Ryan Reynolds saying in-character to the soon-to-be canceled actor, “You know what’s great about you, Weasel? You’re not the star… But you do just enough exposition that it’s funny and then we can leave and get back to the real movie.”

Miller also told Adam Carolla he wouldn’t work with Ryan Reynolds again, and strongly implied that Michael Bay–who directed Reynolds in 2019’s 6 Underground–had a similar opinion of the Deadpool star. But now it seems that whatever was said between Miller and Reynolds in their email exchange mended fences.

While it may be easy to assume Ryan Reynolds is simply trying to save face by reaching out to his canceled former co-star, considering the nature of the Deadpool films, the situation Miller described sounds par for the course. Deadpool is known for regularly breaking the proverbial Fourth Wall, including acknowledging that he’s in a movie and even referencing his co-stars’ other roles. For example, toward the end of Deadpool 2–in which Josh Brolin plays the time traveling mutant Cable–Deadpool once refers to Cable as “Thanos.”

T.J. Miller turned out to be one of the more controversial aspects of Deadpool 2. A month after the sequel began filming, news broke that he wouldn’t be returning to the HBO series Silicon Valley, accompanied by reports of Miller allegedly often being inebriated on set. Later in the year–after a sexual abuse allegation against Miller arose–the Ryan Reynolds led film was called on by fans to help get Miller canceled by cutting him out of the movie entirely, prompting statements that it was too late in the production process to exclude his character.

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T.J. Miller as Weasel in Deadpool (2016)

Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller may have made peace, but it wouldn’t be a safe bet to expect the canceled comic to show up for Deadpool 3. Getting a sexual abuse allegation leveled at you at the height of #MeToo isn’t an easy stink to clean off, not to mention the actor was arrested a few months before the release of Deadpool 2 for allegedly calling in a bomb threat. In fact, the surprise would be if Wade Wilson doesn’t make some kind of off-color reference to Miller’s absence in the recently delayed threequel.