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What does Deadpool think of the Utah liquor cops busting a movie theater for showing his movie? We finally have an answer.
Actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays Marvel Comics' "merc with a mouth" anti-hero in the hit movie "Deadpool," tweeted a sarcastic comment about the case early Sunday morning.
"Thank god, they've found a way to legislate fun," Reynolds wrote on his verified Twitter account. He also posted a link to a story about the incident from the pop-culture website Bleeding Cool.
Three undercover agents from the Utah Bureau of Investigation went to Brewvies on Feb. 26, ordered beer and watched the R-rated "Deadpool." The cops cited Brewvies because of scenes of Reynolds and co-star Morena Baccarin having simulated sex while nude, and for a moment of male full-frontal nudity.
The officers also noted an image over the closing credits, an animated image of Deadpool riding "on the back of a unicorn, he rubs its horn briefly until the horn shoots out rainbows (simulating orgasm)."
Brewvies faces a maximum fine of $25,000, and a 10-day suspension of its liquor license. (This was Brewvies' second offense under the state's obscenity law, having been fined $1,627 for the images of male genitalia in "The Hangover Part II" in 2011.)
Brewvies and its lawyer, civil-rights attorney and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, have filed a federal lawsuit against the state, arguing that the liquor law violates the theater's First Amendment rights to free speech. Fans of the theater have so far contributed nearly $7,000 to a crowd-funding campaign on GoFundMe.com.
UPDATE: Make that $12,000. Reynolds, or someone using that name, pledged $5,000 to the crowd-funding campaign on Sunday.