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This story first appeared in the March 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The mood on the Fox lot and at WME, which reps Ryan Reynolds, has been jubilant following the record opening of Deadpool ($152.2 million to be exact) over the Presidents Day weekend. On Feb. 16, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos hosted an impromptu celebration at the commissary, where a mariachi band — donning Deadpool masks — serenaded the troops, along with director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Food and drinks borrowed from the raunchy film included blow-job shots (a mixture of Baileys, Kahlua and amaretto topped with whipped cream) and chimichangas, the superhero’s favorite snack.
Gianopulos thanked the crowd, followed by Miller, who admitted, “I don’t do these things because I get all choked up.” Reynolds couldn’t be at the bash but turned up the next day on the lot to make a surprise appearance at a marketing meeting, where he too thanked everyone and snapped a selfie — which he later posted on Instagram. A platter of 30 chimichangas from Santa Monica’s Tacos Por Favor were delivered to WME’s motion picture department meeting Feb. 17. (In addition to Reynolds, the agency represents Miller, the writers and most of the key crew.) Alas, few of the diet-conscious agents finished off their fried treats.
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