“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has confirmed the film will in fact be R-rated, doing so with an April Fools hoax that involved the wisecracking antihero himself.
Hero Complex later verified the R-rating with 20th Century Fox.
The fun all started Wednesday morning with a tweet from Reynolds’ account. He joked that the film would be rated PG-13, colorfully promising fans that it would still have a “ton of action” and “at least 3 chimichangas.”
“Zero need to panic. I promise,” Reynolds tweeted.
Though “Deadpool” is a superhero film, a PG-13 rating would still be a bit of a surprise, as Deadpool is a darker sort of comic antihero.
The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his joking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers.
The actor alluded to a months-long back and forth between filmmakers and the studio regarding “Deadpool’s” MPAA rating.
All of Fox’s previous Marvel-based movies are PG-13, and, for a while, it seemed as if fans would have to settle for a subdued version of the so-called “Merc with a Mouth.”
Reynolds ultimately took to Twitter to set the record straight:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 1, 2015
“Deadpool,” directed by Tim Miller, hits theaters Feb. 12, 2016.
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