Ryan Reynolds's Favorite Cut Joke From Deadpool Makes No Sense

Image: Deadpool, Fox
Image: Deadpool, Fox

There were a lot of jokes that ended up on Deadpool’s cutting room floor. Ryan Reynolds’s favorite, however, totally deserved the axe.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds revealed his favorite cut line:

Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) says something about our duplex we live in. I say, “This isn’t a duplex — it’s hepatitis holding still.” That was one of my favorite lines, which is sorta slightly stolen from Funny Farm: “This ain’t a bridge — it’s termites holding hands.” So I can’t take credit for it.


The joke he modified for his actually makes sense. It’s about how rickety the bridge is. Reynolds’s is just...words. Funny words like “duplex” and “hepatitis,” but there’s still no idea at the center of this joke. Is it just that it’s so awful it’s actually a disease? Because instead of that, I’m mostly wondering what hepatitis looks like under a microscope. And if it can stand still.

Maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe it’s funnier said out loud. But, mainly, I think that Reynolds definitely had better jokes cut than this one.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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Tommáso della Servo

The first thing I thought of was STDs in general. Looking at it like that, duplex and simplex (as in herpes simplex) might be intentionally confused by a wise-ass that could have led to the hepatitis line.