There are awe-inspiring superheroes – and then there's the wisecracking Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds is back as the irreverent red-suited rogue in Deadpool 2.
The first Deadpool flick, released in 2016, proved a huge hit, reeling in more than $1 billion at the box office.
In the sequel, mercenary Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) joins forces with three mutants: Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Their job is to protect young mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) from the all-powerful Cable (Josh Brolin).
Here, Ryan, 41, tells TV WEEK about…
…making the sequel
"We weren't overly concerned with the pressure of a sequel. We just wanted to migrate the basic tenets of the first Deadpool, everything that people loved about that movie, and make sure it was infused thoroughly through Deadpool 2. It's a family film filtered through the prism of the MA15+ rating; like the dirtiest Pixar movie you could ever make!"
…Deadpool v Ryan
"There is one distinguishing trait that separates me from Deadpool, which is that I have a little person in my brain who says, 'Please don't say that.' Deadpool doesn't, so he just says any thought that's flying out of his mouth. And that's what always gets him into trouble!"
...loving Hugh Jackman
"Hugh Jackman is a very good friend of mine and we can take the p* out of each other at the same time as admiring one another. I love that Deadpool always has an obsession with Hugh Jackman and with Wolverine. And at the same time, Deadpool kind of hates Ryan Reynolds, which maybe is the self-loathing part of me. But I love it."
…his wife, Blake Lively
"Yes, Blake did unfollow me on social media. She did it as part of publicity for her new film. For a second, because I was travelling when it happened, I thought I'd done something terribly, terribly wrong. Turns out, no, I'm still in the clear!"
...being a dad to 3-year-old James and one-year-old Ines
"Blake and I share all the parenting duties. It's a challenge sometimes, but I have an obscene luxury, and so does Blake, in that we don't have to work at the same time. The longest I've ever gone without seeing my kids is this current press tour, where I'm on day eight now."
…no more actors in the family
"My eldest daughter [James] has seen me get so bruised and busted-up on the Deadpool set, and she cried and cried when she saw my scar face. My wife also broke her hand on her last movie, so James equates what we do with injury. I asked her if she ever wanted to be an actor, and she said, 'No, because I don't want to get boo-boos!'"
Deadpool 2 is in cinemas now.