Detective Pikachu, a thought experiment-turned video game-turned movie starring Ryan Reynolds, is finally coming out later this week. During the press tour, Reynolds, who voices Detective Pikachu, reveals that he recorded hundreds of different takes on certain jokes, some of which were borderline rated-R.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Reynolds revealed the voice acting process for Detective Pikachu. Although he got a chance to take a pass at the script to make sure some of the lines more accurately represented his "voice," Reynolds says ultimately, he was "at the mercy of the filmmakers." But during motion-capture it was a different story.
"You go into a room, I'm alone basically... and then it's just throwing like 800 versions of any joke or any moment up against a wall and leaving it to some poor editor to sort of figure it out," Reynolds says. "Some things would come out a little PG-13, bordering Rated R. That stuff didn't make it."
And here we thought Pikachu saying, "Get me the hell out of here" in one of the film's trailers was bordering on crude. Despite these forbidden takes, however, Detective Pikachu promises to be a family-friendly affair and the reviews seem to say as much. But we can't help but wonder what it'd be like to hear borderline rated-R material coming out of Pikachu's mouth by way of Ryan Reynolds?
If you want, you can see some fan edits online imagining what it'd be like if the filmmakers casted Danny DeVito for the role of Detective Pikachu. As a meme, DeVito was a popular choice to voice the electric mouse Pokemon, but the filmmakers ultimately went with Reynolds. Though the filmmakers did apparently consider DeVito at one point.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10.