‘Deadpool’ actor Ryan Reynolds has become the latest Hollywood star to call on the Academy to recognise comedy at the Oscars. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds was asked if there is a prejudice in the industry against comedy movies. ‘Always’, he answered, adding, ‘I'm grateful the Golden Globes recognises it [comedy] as a category. I wish the Academy did. Comedy is incredibly hard to do, and it's not something that comes easily.’
In the interview Reynolds also describes his connection to foul-mouthed anti-superhero Deadpool, calling the character his ‘alter ego’: ‘I can channel that guy in a way I just can't seem to channel anything else. In terms of his sensibilities and certainly his sense of humour, I feel like we were born at the end of the same spectrum.’
It took Reynolds 11 years to get the superhero movie made, even digging into his own pocket to pay the writers to be on set. His obsession paid off when ‘Deadpool’ became 2016's surprise hit, grossing $786 million worldwide. A sequel is in the works. But before that, Reynold’s next film is the eagerly anticipated sci-fi thriller ‘Life’, about a team of astronauts and scientists working at the International Space Station who discover discover alien organisms on Mars.