When we look back on X-Men Origins: Wolverinewe can see a lot of reasonswhy the Deadpool in that movie didn't work, from sewing his mouth shut to messing with his powers to leaving out his costume. The rebirth of the character in 2016's Deadpooloffered a chance to remedy all that and do Wade Wilson justice by portraying the character in a faithful way. But going all in was a gamble, and one of the most critical elements was a source of concern for Ryan Reynolds. The actor feared that Deadpool would not work after trying on the suit, as he explained:With the first movie, I put it on, I thought, 'We're done, we're dead. This is never gonna work.' I took the camera for two days and just played with stuff. I just sort of learned, you know, not unlike a silent film or Marcel Marceau or these guys, you just be bigger. You just have to go bigger and push through the mask. Somehow it works. Somehow it translates.’
It's kind of interesting that one of the missing elementsto the character from X-Men Origins: Wolverine wound up being one of the potential pitfalls for Deadpool. There is a saying that 'acting is in the eyes,' so to remove that method of expression and connection to the audience creates a unique challenge for the actor and the film. As Ryan Reynolds said, rather than giving up, he experimented and played around to see exactly how he could make this character that he loves so much work on the big screen. What he found was he had to be bigger with his acting and emoting so that the character shines through the mask to the audience.