Realistic Skin Scene in an Action Flick

Social Stigma in “Deadpool”


Fans don’t flock to superhero movies to see reality.  They enjoy action sequences and tales that represent myth and fantasy at a high level.  “Deadpool,” the latest comic-based cinematic sensation, moves even farther from our authentic world.  As the wise-cracking titular anti-hero, Ryan Reynolds spends much screen time chatting to the audience, quipping through the fourth wall and even pushes the camera away from a moment of particularly gratuitous gore.


It is therefore remarkable that the film accurately depicts a daily reality for many with skin issues: Social stigma.  After developing inoperable cancer, Reynolds undergoes an experimental treatment. It saves his life and gives him super powers but has terrible consequences. We are not talking pesky nausea, diarrhea, or dizziness.  Instead he is left hairless, covered head to toe with deforming scars.

As his colleague states, “You look like an avocado had sex with an older avocado.”  He goes on to suggest that Deadpool is the offspring of scarred horror villain Freddy Krueger.  Can you imagine the TV advert for this treatment?  “Side effects include an avocado-style Freddy Krueger hide. Call your doctor today…”


Physically powerful, Deadpool’s confidence is shattered such that he avoids his fiancée for months and hides behind his lycra mask.  He finally builds up his courage to meet her outside of her apartment.  As he walks down the public street, passersby react to his scars with shock and disdain.  They look away and mutter under their breath.  Broken by this response, he flees.

Any of us with normal skin take it for granted. Yet those with facial scars, rashes like eczema and psoriasis, even adult acne, can find their ego undermined.  If they are not limited by others’ reaction, they may still restrict their own advancement, a form of self ostracization. Most chronic skin conditions are not contagious and should not be used to limit those patients’ advancement and happiness. Comic book flicks don’t typically educate, but “Deadpool” remarkably teaches that lesson.

Some with problem skin may take solace in the following movie SPOILER:


Despite his scarred appearance, Deadpool gets back with his superhot fiancée anyway.  Probably doesn’t hurt that he has the bod of Sexiest Man Alive Reynolds.

Runner Up, Realistic Skin Scene in an Action Flick

Sun damaged ladies in “Mad Max: Fury Road”

The Mad Max series depicts some of the most exhilarating and least realistic car chase scenes ever filmed. Yet late in “Fury Road”, there is an accurate human moment.  Charlize Theron reunites with her childhood tribe, women who have been surviving in the apocalyptic desert with little water and even less sunscreen.

They show remarkable sun damage, wrinkles, sagging skin and discoloration.  Thanks to the producers for throwing in a subtle plug for sun protection.

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