Ryan Reynolds cancelled scheduled surgery on his arm to head to Beijing ahead of the theatrical release of “Deadpool 2” in China.
Last week, Fox made the surprise announcement that the film — recut for theatres as “Once Upon A Deadpool” — would open in Chinese theatres the week after gaining approval from the country’s notoriously strict censors. The original R-rated movie about the foul-mouthed superhero debuted in North America in May 2018 while the re-edited teen-friendly “Once Upon A Deadpool” was released ahead of the holidays last month.
“It’s been a dream of mine for years to bring ‘Deadpool’ to China and Chinese audiences, so for me, this is heaven on earth,” Reynolds said during his whirlwind one-day promotional tour for the film, which translates to “Deadpool 2: I Love My Family” in Mandarin.
The 42-year-old actor injured his arm while filming “Deadpool 2” and was scheduled to undergo surgery in New York City on Monday.
“This was more important. I was not going to miss coming to China,” he said, posing on stage in a traditional Chinese opera headdress and drums, sampling traditional snacks in front of Chinese “Deadpool” posters.
Reynolds’ visit comes at a time when Canadian and Chinese relations are at a low following the arrest of Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last month and the detainment of two Canadians in apparent retaliation. A third Canadian was recently sentenced to death in a retrial of a drug smuggling case.