It has often been said that once a writer has actually written a movie, they don't tend to have a lot of friends on the set anymore. With Deadpool, that was exactly the case: no one was paying the writers to stick around. Ryan Reynolds didn't think that was right, so he footed the bill to have them there.
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The writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, had been a huge part of the long process towards getting the movie filmed. They have stuck with the film for years, even where it wasn't clear whether or not the project would actually come to pass, according to Den of Geek.
When the writing team was talking to AMC's Geek Out, the pair said that they weren't even sure they would be able to be there and have a say once their baby was filmed. But they did - and here's why.
“We were on set every day”, they said. “Interestingly, Ryan wanted us there, we were on the project for six years. It was really a core creative team of us, Ryan, and the director Tim Miller. Fox, interestingly, wouldn’t pay for us to be on set. Ryan Reynolds paid out of his own money, out of his own pocket."
Well, the movie went on to be a massive success and shot Reynolds into the public eye even more, so it was probably a good idea on his part. Now, the pair is working on Deadpool 2 and it is highly likely that Reynolds won't have to foot the bill again - they'll probably be covered.