Home > Movies & TV > Mario Lopez suffers Deadpool’s wrath in…

Mario Lopez suffers Deadpool’s wrath in video confirming the movie’s ‘R’ rating

Ever since the Deadpool movie was announced, there’s been debate over the film’s ability to accurately replicate the style of the mouthy mercenary’s violent comic-book adventures, and his snarky tone, while maintaining the mainstream-friendly “PG-13” rating that studios desire. The film’s fate appeared to be decided yesterday morning when an outlet “confirmed” the family-friendly rating, and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds subsequently took to Twitter to explain how a PG-13 rating could work for the project.

And then Deadpool did what Deadpool does best, and made a joke out of the entire situation.

Just for the sake of continuity, however, here’s what Reynolds had to say about the April 1 report (which should’ve been a red flag)  on JoBlo.com confirming the film’s PG-13 rating:

These tweets — and the resulting outcry — were followed by the release of a video (embedded above) purporting to be an interview with Reynolds from the set of Deadpool, conducted by Extra host (and former Saved by the Bell star) Mario Lopez, in which Reynolds addresses the PG-13 rating controversy. What starts as an innocuous celebrity interview, however, takes a weird turn around the 1:00 mark when Deadpool himself is glimpsed walking behind Lopez. Deadpool then returns with a studio light, bashes Lopez over the head with it, and offers up a call-out to the ’90s high-school sitcom that featured Lopez as A.C. Slater and Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano.

“Fuck you, Slater,” says Deadpool while standing over Lopez’s body. “It’s okay, Jessie. Slater can’t hurt you anymore.”

The entire PG-13 rating “news” is then revealed to be an elaborate April Fools’ Day prank as Reynolds/Deadpool announces that “Deadpool will, of course, be rated ‘R.'”

Related: Ryan Reynolds posts the first photo of himself in costume as Deadpool

While it’s certainly a complicated way to announce a movie’s rating, you have to hand it to Reynolds and the Deadpool team for managing to combine an April Fools’ Day prank with some legitimate news while also giving some significant, visible assurance that the filmmakers understand why the character is so beloved by his fans.

Directed by Tim Miller and based on a script from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Deadpool follows former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson, who becomes a mercenary after a secret government experiment gives him a superhuman healing ability (along with some unintended side-effects). Reynolds plays the film’s titular antihero, and he’s joined in the cast by actor/comedian T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Morena Baccarin as Copycat. Ed Skrein is also cast in an unidentified role.

Deadpool is currently scheduled to hit theaters February 12, 2016.