Ryan Reynolds talks about suffering a ‘nervous breakdown’ because of ‘Deadpool’ hype

Sequel film is currently in the works

Ryan Reynolds has revealed that he suffered from anxiety and experienced “a little bit of a nervous breakdown” after filming this year’s Deadpool.

Released in February, adult superhero movie Deadpool was a blockbuster hit and went on to gross a massive $780 million (£595 million) worldwide. A sequel has already been confirmed and is due to start shooting in early 2017.

Speaking to GQ, the actor revealed that he had been working on getting the film made for over a decade. He also detailed health problems he suffered due to the increased “attention” on him.

“I felt like I was on some schooner in the middle of a white squall the whole time. It just never stopped,” he said.

“When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety’.”

“I say this with the caveat that I completely recognise the ridiculously fortunate position that I am in. But the attention is hard on your nervous system – that might be why I live out in the woods. And I was banging the loudest drum for Deadpool. I wasn’t just trying to open it; I was trying to make a cultural phenomenon.”


Deadpool 2 currently has no official title or firm release date. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the original film, are also scripting the sequel.

Reports recently suggested that director Tim Miller has pulled out of the upcoming sequel, with fans now petitioning for Quentin Tarantino to direct its follow-up. Though Miller and Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a close relationship while making the original film, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that “creative differences” prompted Miller’s exit from the sequel.

Reynolds and the film’s other producers are reportedly in the process of casting the film’s female lead, popular Marvel mutant Domino. Numerous actresses have tested for the role according to recent reports, including Sienna Miller, Ruby Rose, Lizzy Caplan and Sofia Boutella.

Producer Simon Kinberg recently said of the sequel: “I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”