Fred Savage is a Captive Audience in Once Upon a Deadpool Trailer

Gather round children and hear the tale of another man in red who is definitely not on Santa’s nice list. Deadpool is censoring himself for a good cause this Christmas. The R-rated superhero is watching is mouth for a 12-day release of Deadpool 2. The catch is, Once Upon a Deadpool will be rated PG-13. How will he adapt to a more family-friendly setting? Surprisingly well, actually.

Deadpool is still rude and super inappropriate but turns out his wit can endure without the blue humor. The minute-long trailer nods to two beloved children’s classics. The new teaser finds an adult Fred Savage tied up in his childhood bed from The Princess Bride. Obviously, that’s the recipe for any successful kid’s movie. Also, there’s a wicked Up reference that could only come from the twisted minds of Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick.

Reese and Wernick previously said that the movie won’t be drastically changed, although we don’t know how it couldn’t be. Apparently, it’s the same plot with new footage to make it more appropriate for younger eyes and ears. Deadpool is one of the only Marvel heroes that gets to cut loose in the R-rated range. Savage and Reynolds take a dig at distributor 20th Century Fox who doesn’t aspire to the same squeaky-clean reputation as Disney where the other characters are housed. The two may be merging, however, and this could be the litmus test to prove if Deadpool can play nice with Captain America and Thor.

Even better, $1 from every Once Upon a Deadpool ticket will go to the charity F—k Cancer. They’ll even be changing their name for 12 days to ‘Fudge Cancer’ in honor of the reduced rating. Deadpool may have a heart after all. And hey, now Julian Dennison can actually see the movie he stars in.

Here’s the official synopsis:

On December 12, Deadpool 2 is back in theaters with zero F’s given.

To kick off the holiday season audiences of almost all ages will soon be able to enjoy the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence.

“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”

Fred Savage will join Reynolds in new scenes for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Fred remarked, “while my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab.” 

For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as Fuck Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release.

Once Upon a Deadpool opens in theaters December 12.


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.