With his new thriller Nocturnal Animals coming out on the big screen, star Jake Gyllenhaal believes his friend Ryan Reynolds should have been one of the names shortlisted for an Academy Award. Seeing the likes of Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington, Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling get the nod for their work in 2016, the 36-year old argues that the leading performance for Deadpool was truly special and unique.
The R rated Marvel hit did earn some nominations at the Golden Globes. But the Oscars remains a no go zone for superhero flicks that are commercially successful. Especially for the big awards. Gyllenhaal could not find fault in a role that showcased the best of Reynolds, putting forward a character that was years in the making.
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Pondering the merits of the major awards that tend to speak to sociopolitical issues, Gyllenhaal wondered what someone like Reynolds has to do to earn critical acclaim.
“We talk about brilliant performances all the time, you know, the actors who tear themselves apart for their roles, which I’m a believer in but then I look at Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool and I say, ‘No one can do that but him’. That is truly, purely him," remarked the actor. “As an artist he struggled for several years to figure that out and it’s all there on the screen. And it’s brilliant. Sure it’s a comic book movie and it’s made a lot of money, but that doesn’t subtract from Ryan’s extraordinary work. Because it’s him. I mean, let’s ask ourselves: What else do we want from people who create? Something that is truly them.”
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Writer Rhett Reese explained how crucial Deadpool was for the MCU, outlining that the film proved a point of difference from their competitor and lays the groundwork for more to come.
"The different universes tend to have different tones, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a very specific, genius tone that was set in Iron Man and has lived well beyond that into the other movies," said Reese. "DC tends to have its own tone, which is this dark, gritty tone. The X-Men have their own tone, which is kind of somewhere in between. Not too funny, not too light. But not quite as dark as the DC stuff. And I think what we stumbled into was a new tone, and I haven't seen Logan, so it's tough to say if they have it, but I think we hope to have our own universe that is defined less by characters and timelines and things like that and more by tone"
Reese told THR that the next couple of installments will be self-referential and break down that barrier between the comical and reality.
"The hope is Deadpool 2 and X-Force and future movies all be this new, consistent, sillier tone," he stated. "More self-aware tone. And edgier and rated-R tone. We want to be establishing the universe but also focusing on each individual movie and not worrying too much about building a larger threat to the world or a larger plot machination."