Ryan Reynolds Donates to Cinema Fined for ‘Deadpool’ Screening
Ryan Reynolds has donated $5,000 to bosses at a Utah movie theater who were fined for breaking the law by screening his R-rated film Deadpool. State law prohibits owners of establishments which serve alcohol from showing nudity and sex acts, and officials at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have cited the managers of the Brewvies theater in Salt Lake City after undercover police officers caught a screening of the racy Marvel blockbuster in February.
The cinema bosses have been charged with breaking obscenity laws during a screening of the film, which includes scenes simulating sex while nude, brief male full-frontal nudity and a suggestive scene in the credits involving a cartoon unicorn. Shortly after they were cited, the theater owners launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe in an effort to raise at least $75,000 to help them pay their legal fees, and on Sunday, Reynolds, the star and producer of the movie, took to Twitter to share a link to the Brewvies campaign, and sarcastically added, “Thank god, they’ve found a way to legislate fun.” The actor also donated $5,000 to the cause, which has now raised over $16,000 since launching on April 19. The Brewvies case is scheduled to be heard at Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in May.