Ryan Reynolds posts heart-wrenching tribute to world’s biggest Deadpool fan
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has posted a beautiful tribute to a 13-year-old fan who died of cancer.
Reynolds wrote the heart-wrenching tribute to the Canadian fan Connor McGrath.
The 13-year-old died earlier this week after a battle with cancer.
Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in the hit film (and upcoming sequel) has been visiting McGrath for three years.
He wrote on Facebook: “We met because he loved Deadpool. In a certain sense he WAS Deadpool.”
“Or, at least everything Deadpool aspires to be; balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humour in one body. I wish he could’ve stuck around a lot longer,” he added.
McGrath was allowed to see the film early this year, after Reynolds arranged a special screening.
“Before you jump down my throat for showing a 13-year-old an R-Rated film,” Reynolds wrote on Facebook at the time.
“Please know this kid knew more swear words than a British chef.”
The comic book version of the character is said to “do anything with a pulse”, while director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds have described him as “hypersexualised” and “pansexual”.
According to Heroic Hollywood, Reynolds also officially signed on to the sequel last month – this time with a re-negotiated contract
He reportedly earned just a $2 million advance from the first film, despite it grossing $750 million.
Production sources told the entertainment website that “a deal has closed on the second film in the franchise and production is expected to star this fall” – which could see a release in a couple of years’ time.
Writer Rhett Reese previously hinted that the hero’s sexuality will be explored further in the second outing.
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He said: “We knew that was part of the comics. We wanted to honour that in the movie,” Reese said.
Reynolds said of potential same-sex romance in the follow-up: “That would be great. I certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that.
“I love that about Deadpool. I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more.”
Arrow star John Barrowman previously called for more gay superheroes on TV.
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – which features Iron Man, Thor and Captain America – has featured gay characters – in TV series Jessica Jones and Agents of SHIELD.