We live in a world where many actors have made their respective roles very much a reflection of themselves. Many can’t look at Iron Man and not think of Robert Downey Jr. or even recently Iman Vellani truly personifying Ms. Marvel in live-action. The same could be said about Ryan Reynolds, who was long the fan-favorite to play the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, even before he took on the role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009.
Yet, it seems that he wasn’t always set to take on the role, as Supernatural and The Boys star Jensen Ackles revealed during an appearance at SPN PHX J2, he was originally cast to play the character before scheduling conflicts got in the way. It’s crazy to think that we may have had a very different version of the character.
There was definitely a movie that I was very much in talks about… I wasn’t available, so the train just kind of stopped there. But, had I been available, I would’ve had to, you know, jump through the studio hoops and jump through the, you know, producer hoops and stuff. But I had a really good shot, and it’s a movie that I really, really like. [What was the movie?] Deadpool. It was probably a good thing because my ex-girlfriend was on there and so that probably would have been awkward, so it probably worked out for the best. I think that whole cast was amazing. I probably would’ve messed that up for a lot of people had I been a part of it, so probably best I didn’t. But that would’ve been cool.Jensen Ackles
Ackles‘ performance as Soldier Boy in The Boys may be a good indicator that he’d make a great superhero, but it’s always tough to say if he’d nail exactly what makes Deadpool special even among the many quippy superheroes out there. It also raises the question if we’d even have the two films (with a third on the way) if it weren’t for Reynolds‘ heavy involvement in the process. No matter what, it’s a fun little detail to find out and who knows if they want to play around with a Deadpool multiverse-inspired storyline that could see him play a Variant of the character.