Ryan Reynolds paid ‘Deadpool’ writers’ salaries out of his own pocket

The writers worked on the surprise smash with Reynolds and director Tim Miller for six years

One half of Deadpool‘s screenwriting duo has revealed that Ryan Reynolds paid for him and his co-writer to be present on set during shooting.

The Deadpool movie was famously a labour of love for Reynolds and director Tim Miller, partly because studio bosses at 20th Century Fox initially seemed hesitant. The film was only given a definite release date after test footage leaked online and received an overwhelmingly positive response from comic book fans.

Recalling the close relationship he and co-writer Paul Wernick formed with Reynolds and Miller, screenwriter Rhett Reese told AMC show Geeking Out: “We were on set every day. Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there. We were on the project for six years.”

“It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller,” Reese added. “Fox interestingly wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket.”

Made for an estimated $60 million (£45 million) – small for a superhero movie – Deadpool went on to gross over $780 million (£595 million) worldwide. Fox has given a green light to a sequel, which is due to start shooting in early 2017.