Ryan Reynolds Donates to Cinema Fined for ‘Deadpool’ Screening
Ryan Reynolds has contributed $5,000 to managers at an Utah movie theater who were fined for breaking the law by screening his R rated picture Deadpool.
State law forbids owners of establishments which serve alcohol from showing nudity and sex acts, and officials at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have mentioned the supervisors of the Brewvies theater in Salt Lake City after undercover police officers caught a screening of the racy Marvel hit in February.
The theatre leaders are charged with breaking obscenity laws during a screening of the movie, including scenes mimicking sex while naked, short male full-frontal nudity and a suggestive scene in the credits involving an animation unicorn.
Soon after they were mentioned, the theatre owners started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe in an attempt to raise at least $75,000 to help them pay their legal fees, and on Sunday, Reynolds, the star and producer of the film, took to Twitter to share a connection to the Brewvies campaign, and sarcastically added, “Thank god, they’ve found a means to legislate interesting.”
The performer also contributed $5,000 to the cause, which has now raised $16,000 since starting on April 19.
The Brewvies case is scheduled to be heard in May at Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.