Actor Ryan Reynolds attends the 'Deadpool' fan event at AMC Empire Theatre on February 8, 2016, in New York City.
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By Olivia B. Waxman
April 26, 2016

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds donated $5,000 toward a legal defense fund started by a Salt Lake City movie theater and pub that screened the Marvel film, which contains explicit content that state officials say violate Utah liquor laws that forbid serving alcohol during films with simulated sex scenes.

Three undercover agents filed a complaint against Brewvies Cinema Pub after going to see the film there in February.

Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) “has threatened to fine us or suspend or revoke our liquor license, just for showing R-rated films like Deadpool, Hangover 2, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2,” the movie house claims on a crowd-funding site. “The money that we are raising will go towards a legal defense fund to be used for legal fees seeking an injunction against the enforcement of a statute that violates our freedom of speech.”

Reynolds also voiced his support for the campaign on Twitter: “Thank god, they’ve found a way to legislate fun.”

The Associated Press reports that the state agency “has scheduled a meeting in May to discuss or possibly settle the complaint before further disciplinary action.”

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