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No, not the actor Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool, the fictional character.
This kind of petition is not exactly rare, and most of them have no impact whatsoever. But with Deadpool—well, just think about it for a minute. He’s basically the perfect host. Reynolds has spent countless hours filming PSAs and tie-in videos as Deadpool, and the character’s fourth-wall-breaking antics would be perfect for SNL‘s studio audience. It’s a totally plausible idea.
When actors visit the SNL set, they usually do at least one sketch related to their most famous role. With Deadpool, you’d just have Deadpool playing every part, wearing a second costume over his regular Deadpool costume. A few months ago, this would have seemed like a ridiculously niche joke for Marvel fans, but after Deadpool‘s runaway success this week, who knows?
There’s a good chance that SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels will never see this petition, but if he does, he should read this section:
“I have not watched a full episode of SNL in years because I just haven’t been able to stomach an entire episode, but having Deadpool host, star, and be all over the episode would get the DVR set so I can watch it again and again!!!”
Deadpool famously did very, very well at the box office over its opening weekend. By capitalizing on its success, SNL could attract new viewers—people who either never watch the show or only occasionally catch clips on YouTube.
Online petitions should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but this one is an undeniably great idea.
Photo via Deadpool/Fox Movies
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor