On Monday night, Stephen Colbert was just wrapping up his opening monologue when an unexpected visitor dropped in: Deadpool, just in time to promote his new movie, which happens to be coming out this Friday. This was just the latest in a series of stunts Ryan Reynolds has pulled to promote his upcoming Deadpool sequel, which also include mocking Marvels spoiler memo for The Avengers: Infinity War and singing on a South Korean TV show dressed as a unicorn.
The superheros best advice for Colbert? “Ill tell you who should not be on your show,” he said. “Ryan Reynolds. Huge asshole. Hes like the poor mans version of Ryan Reynolds—and like the rich man's version of my most recent turd.”
Reynoldss self-effacing Late Show stop makes perfect sense as a way to push his superhero series, which is all about shock and awe and catty insults. (And, yes, breaking the fourth wall.) True to form, Reynolds also managed to sneak in a joke at superhero movies in general while in Deadpools guise: when Colbert suggested that late-show hosts are like superheroes, Reynolds asked, “Because youre all mostly white men?” Naturally, though, most of the jokes he told after taking over Colberts monologue in earnest were Trump fare. A sample: “President Trump spent the day complaining on Twitter about leaks inside the White House, because we all know Trump prefers his leaks inside of Russian hotel rooms. You get it, Stephen? Because the president watched two Russian prostitutes urinate on a hotel-room mattress?” When his host reminded him to say “allegedly,” he acquiesced: “Youre right, allegedly; it could have been three prostitutes.”
Though “Deadpools” sensibilities might be a little too risqué for a long-term career on a broadcast network, if he ever wants to give up being a super hero in favor of telling jokes on television, he could always try HBO. Either way, a career in late-night might be a logical next move: who better to talk to Americans right before they fall asleep than a character many critics find utterly exhausting?
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