A Utah movie theater is facing a big punishment for serving alcohol while showing Deadpool, and Ryan Reynolds is showing solidarity with the cinema.
The actor donated $5,000 to the Salt Lake City-based Brewvies, a theater that permits alcohol to be sold on premises. The business is facing a revoked liquor license for showing “films like Deadpool, Hangover 2, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2,” the GoFundMe page — where Reynolds’ donation is public — reads. “We are fighting for the State of Utah to respect our First Amendment freedom of speech.”
Brewvies faces a $25,000 fine for serving alcohol during Deadpool, a film with “nudity and simulated sex,” according to the Associated Press, under an obscenity law generally used to regulate strip clubs. Reynolds sarcastically tweeted about the matter Sunday, writing, “Thank god, they’ve found a way to legislate fun.”
The case will come before the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in May. Head to the AP for more about the case.