Ryan Reynolds Writes Touching Eulogy For His Friend And Fan, Connor McGrath
Connor Mcgrath, the world’s biggest Deadpool fan, sadly lost his battle with cancer on April 26th. “Deadpool’ star, Ryan Reynolds and Connor bonded over Ryan’s portrayal of “Deadpool”. Ryan visited Connor with a rough cut of the movie making Connor the first person in the world to see the movie before it was released.
Ryan posted this touching dedication for Connor on Facebook:
For three straight years, my friend, Connor McGrath drop-kicked cancer… Not sure how… Maybe the cancer cheated… But the fight came to an end two nights ago.
In my wildest dreams, I can’t imagine how hard this is for his parents Kim and Gerald – along with his extended family in Newfoundland.
Connor was 13. But this kid… He was smart. He was funny. And not just funny ‘for a kid’ – or funny ‘for a person battling something awful’. He was unqualified funny. He had that… thing.
That thing you see in great performers or comedy writers. A running commentary/observational skill people are just lucky to be born with.
He went way too early and it’s impossible to reconcile. Connor was a great friend, a great son, and a light to the people lucky enough to know him. While repeatedly punching cancer in the balls, he made everyone laugh. Including the entire staff who cared for him at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital.
It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation that brought us together. I can’t thank them enough. Seriously. Thank you. Because of his wish, Connor was the first person to see Deadpool. I traveled up to Edmonton, Alberta to surprise him with a rough cut of the film. There were still huge sections with wires we hadn’t yet painted out, jokes which weren’t working (and still aren’t) and green screens. Connor didn’t seem to mind. And I’d never felt luckier to get to be Wade Wilson.
***Before you jump down my throat for showing a 13 year old an R-Rated film, please know this kid knew more swear words than a British chef.
I went back to Edmonton 6 weeks later and I wish I could say things were looking up. After my visit, I didn’t know if I was saying goodbye or see ya later. Sitting here now, I realize it was both.
I’m grateful I got to orbit Connor’s world for a brief time. Grateful for the pages and pages of hilarious texts between us. Grateful to his parents for allowing Connor to spend time with a foul-mouthed child in the body of a 39 year old.
I called Connor, “Bubba”. And he called me “Bubba2”. We met because he loved Deadpool. In a certain sense he WAS Deadpool. Or, at least everything Deadpool aspires to be; balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humor in one body. I wish he could’ve stuck around a lot longer.
If you’d like to donate to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, I can pretty much guarantee, your money’s going to a damn good place. These people do not suck. They are heroic. Full stop. http://makeawishna.ca/wishes/donate
My deepest condolences and thanks to Kim, Gerald and the entire clan McGrath — who loved this little boy so very well. And thankfully, Connor knew it.
How “Batman V Superman” Inspired “Captain America: Civil War”
This is making the rounds as news but if you have been following the soap opera between Marvel and DC, it was always there.
The Russo Brothers were recently being interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter and here is what they had to say:
For our part, when we finished Winter Soldier two years ago and we were thinking about doing the next one, the only thing that seemed interesting to us was to deconstruct the Marvel Universe — because where else can we go at this point? There have been 11 or 12 movies so far, all with a fairly traditional structure. Our pitch to them was: People will tell you they love chocolate ice cream — until you give it to them five days a week. It’s time to give them some rainbow sherbet. Kevin [Feige] is a maverick and he’s very sensitive to how people are responding to his content. He said he thought we might be right. And after they announced Batman v. Superman, he said, ‘you guys are absolutely right.’ We needed to do something challenging with the material or we were going to start to lose the audience.
Here is how I remember the events that lead to “Batman V Superman” and “Civil War”:
During the 2014 Sand Diego Comic Con, director Zack Snyder announced that his sequel to “Man Of Steel” would be “Batman Vs Superman”. No “V” and no “Dawn Of Justice Yet”.
A few months later, Marvel announced “Captain America 3” which was originally called “Serpent Society”. Later it was revealed that the tile had changed to “Civil War” and Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast.
DC originally announces that “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” will be released on July 7, 2015 and then changes the date to May 6, 2016. Possibly to avoid “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which was supposed to originally be released in May of 2015.
Marvel decides to take DC on head on and shortly announces that they will be releasing “Captain America: Civil War” on the same day, May 6, 2016, as “Batman V Superman”. Who will win the epic battle of the box office?
DC blinks and decides to release “Batman V Superman” on March 25, 2016 in order to avoid any box office battle.
So there you have it. Marvel was confident to take on “Batman Vs Superman” with “Captain America 3” and at the time, I thought they were crazy. But as history will show, “Batman V Superman” got negative reviews and “Civil War” received amazing reviews and a lot of reviewers are calling “Civil War” the best superhero movie ever made. The lesson is don’t bet against Marvel.
“The Punisher” will now join the likes of “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” and have his own Marvel series on Netflix.
From Entertainment Weekly:
It’s official: The Punisher is getting his own TV series.
EW has learned that Marvel has ordered a spin-off starring vigilante character introduced in Daredevil season 2.
Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as vengeful military veteran Frank Castle, who brings his own lethal form of justice to Hell’s Kitchen.
Writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot (Hanniba, Casualty) will serve as showrunner.
Marvel’sThe Punisher marks the sixth series ordered (so far) as part of the collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Television, including the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the ensemble miniseries The Defenders – along with Jessica Jones and the aforementioned Daredevil. (And in case you’re wondering, as we are, whether Bernthal’s character will also be added to The Defenders lineup, that’s not yet clear – though it seems likely he’ll at least pop in for an appearance.)