Never one to take life too seriously, Ryan Reynolds had a blast when he crashed “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” this week. Instead of simply coming on the show as himself, Reynolds showed up to the show in full Deadpool costume.
With the new Deadpool movie coming out this week, Reynolds is working hard to promote the movie and the incredibly popular character he portrays. Deadpool is known for his snide and snarky sense of humor and when Reynolds turned up to the popular late night show in full costume, it was clear that Reynolds was out and Deadpool was in the house. He entered the stage during Colbert’s monologue and jumped right into his famous comedy style telling the audience not to stand up, after all, it is CBS and everyone knowns how old the audience is. He then went on to invite himself on the show and for an interview. Colbert tried to interrupt him stating that he already had a guest lined up, Jamie Foxx, but Deadpool wasn’t having it. He jumped into jokes about Foxx before trying to take over Colbert’s monologue. He then takes a few shots at Colbert before jumping into jokes about President Trump. His jokes take a few low blows at President Trump, a popular target for all late night hosts.
Reynolds took full advantage of his opportunity on stage and had the audience in stitches. No one was safe from his comedic blows, and it has taken the internet by storm. For a full view of the entire clip featuring Deadpool and Colbert, click here.
Stephen Colbert had a surprise guest this week on his The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: the Merc with the Mouth himself, Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds. Taking over Colbert’s monologue, Deadpool at first mockingly mistook him for fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon before advising the comedian to never invite Ryan Reynolds for an interview, saying, “I’ll tell you who should not be on your show: Ryan Reynolds…He’s like a poor man’s version of Ryan Reynolds.” Deadpool then joked about President Donald Trump and his son Eric, much to the audience’s laughter. Before going to a commercial break, Deadpool faded away, supposedly killed by Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos.
Reynolds’ appearance in character as Deadpool marks another incidence of the longstanding association of Colbert with Marvel Entertainment. Following the Death of Captain America story arc in 2007, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada gave Colbert the duty of protecting Steve Rogers’ star-spangled shield, calling him “the most patriotic man in America.” During the 2008 election, Colbert ran for President of the United States in the Marvel Universe. Featured in the background of many issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Colbert was shown to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College to Barack Obama.
The unusual way that Reynolds appeared on The Late Show is part of the unique marketing campaign that has been undertaken for Deadpool 2. As with his appearance on Colbert’s show, Reynolds also appeared as Deadpool on the December 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping, giving advice on how to “put the fun back in dysfunctional” during the holiday season. In addition to Reynolds, Deadpool 2 stars Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin and premieres May 18.