Actor Ryan Reynolds cancelled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm DEADPOOL fans in Beijing ahead of the franchise's unexpected theatrical debut in the country.
He flew to China on Sunday to enthrall all the DEADPOOL fans, reports variety.com.
Last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 DEADPOOL 2 would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the franchise has passed the country's strict censorship standards.
The Beijing visit by Reynolds, who is Canadian, comes at a time when Sino-Canadian relations are at a historic low following the arrest in December of Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, with China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation.
A third Canadian was sentenced to death at a sudden retrial of his drug-smuggling case in a move that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called "arbitrary" and a cause for "extreme concern."
None of that seemed to faze Reynolds.
"It's been a dream of mine for years to bring DEADPOOL to China and Chinese audiences, so for me this is, uh, heaven on earth," he told his Beijing fans on a whirlwind one-day promotional visit.
He had injured his left arm shooting the film and was scheduled to undergo surgery in New York on Sunday morning but skipped the appointment.
"This was more important. I was not going to miss coming to China," he said.
But conquering the Middle Kingdom may be an uphill battle even for the revamped, censor-approved DEADPOOL." Most Chinese fans of the franchise will have already seen both the first film and its sequel by now through other means online, and much of the films' celebrated humor is so culturally specific to the US that newcomers may easily find themselves lost in translation.
The film will be released with a Chinese name that translates to DEADPOOL 2: I LOVE MY FAMILY, harking back to a similarly titled classic Chinese TV show from the 1990s that follows the story of a family in Beijing.