Ryan Reynolds says the fans are to thank for getting Deadpool made.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Deadpool is one of the most anticipated comic book movies of 2016 and will see Reynolds return to the role for the first time since 2009 - when he played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The actor has played down his role in finally getting a standalone Deadpool movie, saying that if it wasn't for the dedication of the fans, the movie would never have gone into production.

Speaking to Total Film, Reynolds said: "There's been a lot of talk about how I was instrumental in getting it made, which isn't true at all," Reynolds explained. "I wouldn't say I spent every single day emailing the studio heads at Fox saying, 'You've got to make this movie'.

"The fans are the ones that saw that leaked test footage - which really was never meant for anyone besides in-house studio people. That's really what got it made.

"But what I'm most proud of is we got to make the movie in the way it should have been made, which is rated R at a very modest budget."

Deadpool was one of the most talked about movies as San Diego Comic Con earlier this year, where the first trailer was met with acclaim.

The movie will see Reynolds teams up with filmmaker Tim Miller for the first time as Miller is set to make his feature film directorial debut with the project.

A great cast has been assembled as Reynolds will star alongside Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, and T. Miller.

Reynolds is set to return to the big screen this autumn with new indie film Mississippi Grind, which will sees him star alongside Ben Mendelsohn. The movie marks the return of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to the director's chair - the duo has also penned the film's screenplay.

Deadpool is released 5th February 2015.

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