Ryan Reynolds And Deadpool Director Tim Miller Had Some ‘Scary Fights’

It’s rare for any movie to emerge as an indisputable mega-hit, pleasing fans and critics alike, while exceeding everyone’s expectations at the box office. Deadpool is one such film, and star Ryan Reynolds makes it clear that this was the product of over a decade spent trying to bring the title character to the screen. However, the success of Deadpool—now the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time—hasn’t protected the franchise from the kind of creative conflict that has infected other recent blockbuster series like Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Fifty Shades of Grey. Like those franchises, Deadpool is proceeding into sequel territory without its original director, leaving many fans scratching their heads.

In a new GQ article, Reynolds (the magazine’s 2016 man of the year) offers a short, simple explanation: he had such a clear, uncompromising vision for the film that there was no way to avoid conflict with director Tim Miller. “I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it,” he said. “I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, ‘The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.’ The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the f*ck over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes.”

While the resulting disagreements may have been unpleasant, Reynolds concedes that they had their benefits. “Making the movie was very, very difficult,” he explained. “It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly.”

In the end, Reynolds admits that “nobody worked harder on Deadpool” than Tim Miller, but it looks like the actor was ready to stop having “scary fights.” While a replacement still hasn’t been announced, you can expect to see Deadpool 2 in March of 2018. For a glimpse of the Reynolds-Miller dynamic (R.I.P.) in action, check out the Deadpool press conference below.