In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, acclaimed Marvel director Shawn Levy shared his exhilarating experience of working with the dynamic duo, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, in the highly anticipated "Deadpool 3". Levy, known for his directorial prowess in blending action with humor, delved into the unique chemistry that unfolds when Reynolds' Deadpool and Jackman's Wolverine share the screen.
Levy expressed his admiration for the professionalism and camaraderie displayed by the two stars. "I knew they were professionals and the loveliest of gentlemen, but witnessing them transform into Deadpool and Wolverine is something beyond the ordinary.
It's like watching icons come to life, and even as their friend, it's a thrilling experience every single day," Levy remarked. The director, who has formed a close bond with both Reynolds and Jackman off-screen, emphasized the joy of translating their real-life friendship into on-screen magic.
"Hugh, Ryan, and I share a great friendship in reality. We spend a considerable amount of time together, which adds a special layer to our collaboration in this project," he added.
Levy's R-Rated Revelations
Levy, who is taking the reins for the third installment of the Deadpool franchise, described the venture as an exhilarating ride.
"Directing 'Deadpool 3' has been a wildly fun experience, especially with the R-rated creativity that Deadpool and Wolverine's combination brings. It's a project that has humorously corrupted my soul in ways I never imagined," he joked.
Reflecting on the evolution of his own directorial style, Levy shared a light-hearted anecdote. "I often joke with Ryan that I was once a nice Canadian boy who steered clear of R-rated content. Now, here I am, crafting R-rated narratives with some of the best in the industry.
It's a joyous and fun transition for sure." In a recent buzz-worthy moment, Jackman and Reynolds unveiled a teaser trailer for their upcoming Deadpool movie during the Super Bowl, igniting excitement among fans worldwide.
"Deadpool 3" is set to bring its unique blend of humor, action, and heart to theaters on July 26, 2024, promising to be a cinematic event that will captivate audiences globally.