Once Upon a Deadpool—the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 thats hitting theaters on December 12—is getting a little help from Fred Savage. In a new trailer for the muted rerelease of the typically rated-R superhero flick, Deadpool pays a visit to the former child star, parodying his role in the classic 80s comedy The Princess Bride. Because “nobody does childlike innocence like you, Fred,” Deadpool notes. Even though, you know, Savage is not a child anymore.
In a statement to Deadline, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds explained the re-release in part by saying the studio “has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006. Ive said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said Yes on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining . . .”
In a statement of his own, Savage said, “While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab.” One dollar of every ticket sold will indeed go toward the charity Fuck Cancer (er, Fudge Cancer, as the company rebranded itself for this PG-13 oppo). The Deadpool movies have been box-office gold, despite some harsh reviews for the sequel; Deadpool 2 made $734.2 million worldwide this year.
A PG-13 version of Deadpool seems like an oxymoron in and of itself, but the studio seems to have found a way around that by muting the films rated-R scenes and adding new ones, like this framing spoof of The Princess Bride. (An idea tinged with sadness in the wake of screenwriter William Goldmans death.) In the original film, Savage played a little boy whose grandfather read him a fantastical story. In the Once Upon a Deadpool trailer, Savage is forced to hear Deadpool tell the story, because hes been forcibly taped to his bed. Adding insult to injury, Savage says hes more of a Marvel guy, not a “Marvel-licensed-by-Fox” guy: “Its like if the Beatles were produced by Nickelback,” the actor quips. “Its music, but it sucks.”
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