‘Deadpool 2’ Returns to Theaters and Gets the PG-13 Treatment in ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’

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Once Upon a Deadpool Trailer

The two Deadpool movies proved to be blockbuster hits as they leaned in on the crude and obscene nature of the character. There’s no shortage of F-bombs and gore in the R-rated films headlined by Ryan Reynolds‘ sarcastic anti-hero. It always seemed that the appeal of the character was rooted in vulgarity. Well, for some reason, people complained that they weren’t able to take their young children to an ultraviolent, foul-mouthed superhero movie. That’s going to change as Deadpool 2 returns to theaters for a limited two-week theatrical run from December 12th to December 24th, The big catch is the movie is rebranded as Once Upon a Deadpool and the Merc with a Mouth will find himself trapped in a PG-13 film.

The big difference aside from the tamed language and violence is that Once Upon a Deadpool will feature a new character previously unseen in any of Fox’s X-Men movies — Fred Savage. It’s obvious that Savage is brought in to make the film a kind of riff on The Princess Bride with Deadpool cleanly recalling the exploits of his R-rated sequel from earlier this year.

Both Ryan Reynolds and Fred Savage are employing a sense of humor about the unusual rerelease of the film. Reynolds told Deadline earlier, “Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006. I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…” As for his participation, Savage had this to say: “While my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab.”

At least this blatant cash grab will do some good for people aside from its stars and the studio’s stockholders as one dollar for every ticket sold will be donated the charity Fudge Cancer (which, I guess, also went PG-13 as it was previously known as Fuck Cancer).

Check out the new trailer for Once Upon a Deadpool and check out the PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2 if that’s something that sounds appealing to you. After all, it’s only around for 12 days and a little portion of each ticket goes to charity. I guess that’s good trade off for not being able to say fuck repeatedly.

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