Ever see a comic book movie and leave disappointed? You punch your friend in the arm, saying “I could have done that better…we could have done better ourselves!”. Have you fidgeted and sighed your way through both the Green Lantern and Amazing Spider-Man? The cure for those blunders is the Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday fan film. Deadpool himself, Trevor Garner, and director Keith Brooks tell us what it feels like to be doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well.
Thanks for taking time out of shoving tacos in your maw to tell us about Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday! Why ‘The Dead Pool‘ fan movie? Do you guys like Dirty Harry that much?
Keith: Cause Clint Eastwood deserves the world. He could…I’m going to say it….are you prepared?…Clint Eastwood could kick Chuck Norris’ ass any day of the week. DONE!
Trevor/Deadpool: Who the shit doesn’t? “Fuck with me, buddy, I’ll kick your ass so hard you’ll have to unbutton your collar to shit.” That is some goddamn action movie poetry right there! Shakespeare with a revolver, I’m tellin’ you.
Different writers came on board and brought different notions to the conceit, finding ways to differentiate him from other properties.
I mean, even in the beginning, he was admittedly a rip off of Slade Wilson, so the taking of what once was a one off/plot device/sort of parody character and adding some wise cracks and insanity are probably what saved him from comic book neglect. Plus it was to probably appease those damn whipper snappers.
Deadpool: Different writers, crazy parties, probably drugs.
Where does one start reading about this Deadpool? Any reading recommendations?
Keith: I’d say start with the beginning. You can buy these Deadpool Classic collections. It’s a good place to see the change of the character and what all he goes through, how weird he can get. Read a couple of those volumes and then jump into The Secret Invasion sort of stuff. Cause he’s fucking hilarious and awesome there. I mean, over the years he kind of loses some of his edge and becomes more of a Bugs Bunny surrogate, but it’s a Bugs Bunny surrogate with katanas, so that’s pretty awesome. Anything by Joe Kelly is incredible.
Well, we’ve been accused repeatedly of “being too much like Daniel Way’s Deadpool”, so I guess start with Daniel Way’s run with the character.
Though we pulled some character traits from Joe Kelly’s DP run, from Cable and Deadpool, from Deadpool Team-Up, Deadpool Corps, Wade Wilson’s War, Uncanny X-Force, and a giant pile of kittens.
How did you actually get the real Deadpool to agree to starring in this film? How do you pay a merc with a mouth? Does he keep money in those pouches?
Keith: His contract was tricky.
We had to get him the Police Academy collection on laser-disc. Deadpool’s a Guttenberg fan.
Deadpool: You…you mean you didn’t see the boobs? Because that was totally the selling point. I keep pop rocks and soda in these pouches.
Have you made fan films before? What inspired this one?
Keith: I’ve been in a good bit, you know, trying to get that nerd poon. But we had never MADE one. Trevor and I own Bean Dip Productions, and we were looking for a follow up to our first film To Wong With Kung Fu: Thanks For Everything, a 6 Year Old and an 8 Year Old.
Like all people who breathe air, we had kind of been let down by Deadpool’s appearance in Wolverine. So, we thought, “Let’s try to do this right…or at least closer to right.”
From there, we knew that Ryan Reynolds was in talks to do a feature starring the Merc (which I still want this movie to happen), so we knew that we didn’t want to sort of emulate that. We had to make sure our movie would be different than what Hollywood would try to produce, because in the end with a small ass budget, we can’t compare. Thus the movie we made.
Trevor: Keith and I have both done our fair share of work on fan films. I’ve worked on a Metal Gear Solid film, a Star Wars film, A Spider-Man comedy, an Uncanny X-Men web series, A take off on To Catch a Predator with an actual get-to-the-chopper Predator, and probably others that I can’t think of right now. Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday sort of came about after our brand spankin’ new production company. Keith and I were all like “what next?”, and Keith was all “we should do Deadpool and you should play Deadpool and you’re pretty,” and I was all “’Kay.”
Can we expect to see any more fan films from you, or a sequel?
Deadpool: Definitely more fan films. As far as sequels go…maybe? We’re not entirely sure yet. HOWEVER (dun dun duunnnnnn) expect to see more from me in the future such as an upcoming PHOTO SHOOT! OH SHIT!
You got onto one of the biggest nerd sites (io9) with some exposure for the film. Why did you agree to do this interview? Don’t you have bigger, more important things to do?
Keith: The io9 is all thanks to Trevor. He worked his ass off as a publicity whore for this thing, e-mailing people and all that jazz till someone took notice, and they did in a big way. But we love you, you were one of the first people to cover us, and we appreciate that. Anything you need you let us know. I’ll drive you to Mexico to avoid prosecution, friend.
Thanks! Are you scared of getting in trouble from anyone at the big Mouse guy company? The podcast reads comics aloud and we’re constantly aware that we might get us a letter telling us to stop.
Keith: Yeah it’s a possibility. We’ve actually contacted Disney, Fox, and Marvel, sending them all links to the film early on, but in a “thank you for inspiring artists” sort of way. So if they read their e-mail, they are aware we exist. That being said, it’s their material, they have the right to shut us down whenever they want. I hope they won’t.
And there are so many other fan films out there, it’s a sub culture.
Plus, we can’t make any profit whatsoever off of it and I feel that Disney owes me. I watched Home on the Range in theaters.
The cameo in the third act is hot. Can we expect more from her?
Keith: She’s just awesome. Awesome awesome. I might be in love with her. Her name is Secret, and she was a secret cameo, bwahahahhaha, the layer. Secret herself will appear in more stuff by us, because she’s super talented and a treasure to work with. As far as the character she plays, I don’t know. I’d be willing to work with that character if she’d be willing to do it.
Deadpool: More? You mean, like, naked? For shame!
Chris Evans trained four hours a day for his Captain America role. What is the workout regiment for a hero like Deadpool?
Trevor: I’m gonna go ahead and answer this one seriously. Be shocked. I played Deadpool in this flick, and I work out all the time. Seriously, every day, most days twice a day. And that’s on top of training in gymnastics and martial arts.
Our shooting on Deadpool was actually pushed back because I herniated a disc in my lower back.
3 months and a lot of training later, we shot the film!
Do you remember downloading X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the CGI wasn’t completely rendered and it looked like they were in a video game? That was awesome. Was Deadpool in that, too? Or was Green Lantern in that?
Keith: or maybe it was DeadLantern…duh duh duh!!!!!!!!!!!
Deadpool: Actually, I think it was Van Wilder. Or maybe that guy from the pizza place show.
What’s the best superhero movie this summer (please don’t say Amazing Spider-Man, please don’t say Amazing Spider-Man, please don’t say Amazing Spider-Man).
Keith: Batman. Done.
Deadpool: I refuse to answer that until I see MOTHER FUCKIN’ BATMAN. Batman!
Finally, who is your Daddy and what does he do?
Ketih: “Our mom says our dad is a real sex machine!”, “It’s not a tumor!”, “There is no bathroom!”, And other awesome Mr. Kimble quotes.
Deadpool: You know what’s weird? People always ask me this question at work. I mean, I’m doing my thing in the leathers and zippers, and it’s always “Who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy? Say it BITCH!”. And, like, it’s really hard to answer in those company issue ball gags, right?
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