"Deadpool 2" Director David Leitch

"Deadpool 2" director David Leitch joined "Salon Talks" to discuss the highly anticipated follow up to the comic book action-comedy "Deadpool," which became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time in 2016. Leitch breaks down the irreverent, cynical character of Deadpool and maintaining a balance of comedic and emotional moments in the film with Salon's Amanda Marcotte.

"When we were dialing in the tone, there's two categories: the emotional sort of arc of the movie/Deadpool's existential crisis, what his real emotional mission is and then the subversive comedy" Leitch told Salon. "We go into these scenes and we would always shoot a comedic out, but you didn't always use the comedic out." Leitch concludes, "So it was a balancing act all the way to the end. Even in editorial you're fine-tuning that."

Leitch's background aligns with the action-heavy nature of the Deadpool universe. He has served a stunt coordinator or stunt actor on a long list of action films like "The Matrix Reloaded," "300," "V for Vendetta" and "Fight Club." His background even led him to serving as one of the directors on "John Wick." Watch the interview above to learn more about how Leitch developed the often hilarious ways to mutilate the un-killable Deadpool. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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