Ryan Reynolds just savagely trolled Henry Cavill's digitally altered mustache
Ryan Reynolds is one of the funniest celebrities on social media, roasting his wife, Blake Lively, sarcastically wishing his brother a happy birthday, and posting a hilarious response to Disney's merger with Fox. So, it's not surprising he played such a significant role in developing the satirical superhero movie Deadpool. It's difficult to separate the actor from the wisecracking antihero, and he's made several appearances as the character outside of the first movie.
Deadpool 2 hits theaters this May, and today they released the new trailer. The two-minute-spot features the villain, Cable, a time traveling cybernetic soldier played by Josh Brolin. Deadpool is known for geeky, fourth-wall breaking humor. (The first movie contained a clever jab at Reynold's box office bomb The Green Lantern, as well as the flawed version of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine). However, this preview contains a particularly savage joke about Henry Cavill's digitally altered mustache.
In case you're not familiar with MustacheGate: Henry Cavill signed on for a role in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth entry in the franchise. We don't know much about his character yet, except that he has a sweet mustache. Unfortunately, due to production troubles, Cavill's shooting schedules for Justice League and Mission Impossible 6 overlapped. Warner Brothers wanted him to shave it off, but Paramount wouldn't let him. It would look weird if Superman had a super mustache in random shots, and they couldn't wait until filming M:I6 was finished. So, Warner Brothers made the bizarre (and hilarious) decision to remove the hairy handlebars through CGI.
Variety reports that it cost $25 million dollars to digitally remove the mustache. As you can tell by the photo, it looked weird, and was a terrible idea, especially for that amount of money. So, of course Deadpool referenced the embarrassing controversy in the trailer.
When the trailer plays, we're introduced to the formidable character, Cable. "People think they understand pain, but they have no concept of it," he drolls in the voiceover. "What's the most pain you've ever felt? Maybe the kind that leaves you more machine than man." But when he lifts up the arm that should be solid metal, we see a green screen sleeve. The effects haven't been added yet.
"Wait, no. Stop. What in the actual ass?" cries Deadpool, off-screen, as the footage pauses. "Dale! Why are the visual effects not done? It's a metal arm! It's not like we're trying to remove a mustache. Ah, f--k it. I'll do it myself." Then they cut to Deadpool, continuing the trailer by playing with action figures of himself and Cable. (Luckily, they're able to able finish the digital effects in an inexplicably short amount of time.)
Well, it looks like Deadpool 2 will be just as clever and funny as the first one. Hopefully Henry Cavill and his mustache can recover from that burn.