As you probably picked up from the movie, which quickly became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all-time, the iconic anti-hero of Deadpool choose his superhero(?) name as a clever take on the actual “dead pool” that is a running bet at Sister Margaret’s Home for Wayward Girls bar.
You may recall that Weasel (T.J. Miller) had actually bet on Wade Wilson, mercenary for hire, to bite the big one before he was turned into the unkillable-burn-victim-mutant Deadpool. Sorry Weasel, no cash for you!
Now that the movie is available for rent or purchase via digital download (before DVDs hit the shelves), fans were able to freeze frame the dead pool board and see who else was the odds-on-favorite to meet their maker. Turns out, a lot of the bets were made on real life celebrities.
Bill Cosby, Charlie Sheen, Kanye West, Wade Wilson, Vladimir Putin, Ryan Reynolds (who plays Deadpool), T.J. Miller (who plays Deadpool’s friend Weasel), Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Kid Rock, Mike Tyson, Judd Nelson, Lil’ Wayne, Shia LaBeouf, Ned Beatty, Rob Liefeld (Deadpool creator), Ozzy Osbourne, and Amanda Bynes all make the list.
Since Wade Wilson didn’t actually die in the movie, and neither did anyone else on the list, perhaps the dead pool will make another appearance in the sequel.