Ryan Reynolds Was Ready to Battle the MPAA Over 'Deadpool 2' Joke

Ryan Reynolds was just waiting for the phone to ring. He was expecting the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board on the other end, telling him he had to cut one of the raunchiest moments in Deadpool 2. But the call never came. 

The moment: Wade Wilson's Basic Instinct (infant) leg cross.

"I didn't know if I was going to have to go down and arbitrate with the MPAA and explain that's my tiny dick and balls, not CGI. But it wasn't a problem," joked the star of the Marvel anti-hero films, who recently used his katanas (Bea and Arthur) to slice a little time off for The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the release of Deadpool 2 on Blu-ray (Aug. 21). The home release includes an extended “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut" that adds an extra 15 minutes to the film. 

Among the features on the special disk is a post-credits scene that didn't make it into the film for a few different reasons. The segment shows Wade traveling back in time to confront baby Hitler. 

"I always loved it, because it created the same debate in our edit room as it does in the streets of the world," Reynolds said. "It was debated back and forth, and over and over again. We were all a little nervous about it, wondering, 'Is it too much?' None of us could come to a consensus on how to handle it, so our final decision was to just not handle it, to just not put it in the movie. We cut it out partially for time, but also to give us something really fun to add into the coda of the DVD."

Calling the Deadpool 2 coda a "home run," Reynolds explained it was the perfect opportunity to point that razor-sharp wit at himself and make lemonade out of some lemons. The post-credits scenes poke fun at Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

"When you do a movie that people don't like — or however you want to label it or define it — I feel like, why not find some use for it?" Reynolds said. "It is still in the zeitgeist, people are going to associate you with the film, so I might as well use it to some degree to my benefit and have some fun with it. It is a silly dig at myself more than anything. I would never drag any of the other cast and crew into that mix with me." 

And yes, Hugh Jackman was told ahead of time there would be some Logan jokes peppered into Deadpool 2

"Hugh is one of my closest friends, and I would never want to do anything to put him in an awkward position or something that he wouldn't be proud of," Reynolds said. "The only thing that was a surprise to him was the Logan music box in the beginning of the movie. That is something I felt like I could take some creative license with. I still feel like I need to give him that music box, because it is rightfully his, not mine." 
 
It is no secret at this point that Reynolds had to cut a joke (he won't share it now) about Disney from Deadpool 2. And while he wasn't thrilled, because he really loved whatever the quip was, he said he understood why the studio had him cut it as a potential merger between Disney and Fox loomed.

"I think most filmmakers would say, 'Find your favorite moment in a movie and cut it out, because that's what's going to happen anyway,'" he explained. "It was one of my favorite things in the movie, and one of the earliest things I planted my flag on and said, 'I want to keep this joke.' And then it was one of the first things I was forced to remove."

He continued, "You like to think that you get to work with complete autonomy, but at the same time, you don't. You want to be collaborative. And as much as we laugh at Fox and poke fun at Fox, [vice chairwoman] Emma Watts has been a partner who has been in lockstep with everything we've done, every step of the way, all the way back to the first film. They've allowed us do stuff that I don't think any other studio would allow us to do. So conceding on this one thing was not the end of the world for me. We had a lot of other great, great moments in the movie."

Deadpool 2 is available on digital in Tuesday and on Blu-ray Aug. 21.