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Ryan Reynolds Personally Paid for the Pleasure of Having Bea Arthur’s Likeness in Deadpool

You may think you have loved in this life, but have you ever truly loved the way Ryan Reynolds loves Deadpool? The man behind the edgiest superhero this side of your 13-year-old kid brother loves Deadpool soooo much that he invested $10,000 of his own couch change to make the movie as ding-dong-Deadpool-est as it could be. According to commentary on the film’s DVD, Reynolds traded 10,000 Washingtons for the privilege of having one Bea Arthur likeness in the movie (in the form of a print on one of Deadpool’s tank tops), since Deadpool’s Bea ardor is a comics staple. Reynolds reportedly made his request in person, and donated the money to an undisclosed charity, thereby securing the permission of Arthur’s estate. Despite having all of the elements of an A-plus anecdote, there’s still a bit more to the story, as it was actually Reynolds’s days as one of the Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place guys that truly closed the deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arthur’s son, Daniel Saks, agreed because Saks was “on Dharma & Greg on Stage 21 at Fox when Ryan was on Stage 20 doing Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” and, even as a lowly not-pizza, Reynolds was “always a nice guy.” Aww — nobody tell Deadpool about that load of sap.

Reynolds Paid to Have Bea Arthur in Deadpool