There have been tons of Easter Eggs reported in Deadpool, 20th Century Fox’s massive superhero box office smash. Most of them involve things like nods to the creators of the comic books, other super-heroes, or jabs at Ryan Reynolds’ other roles, like his much-maligned turn as “Deadpool” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine or his box-office dud Green Lantern film.
But we here at iwantmytwodollars.com have caught one that nobody seems to have picked up on yet.
It occurs when Mr. Smith — the man who recruits people for Francis/Ajax’s super powers program — gives a sick Wade Wilson his business card. It’s a simple black card with gold lettering on it, and printed on the cars is simply a phone number: 555-0199.
While most people know that the 555 prefix is reserved for Hollywood and used in many movies, many people might not know that the 555-0199 is the phone number equivalent of the Wilhelm Scream (aka the most famous sound effect in movies).
It seems to have originated in The X-Files of all places, as Fox Mulder’s cell phone number (as seen in the episode entitled 731. There may be other movies or TV show that used this phone number before The X-Files, but we weren’t able to find any references to it if so.
Since then, it’s also been seen in Wag The Dog, Reality Bites, The Italian Job, Out of Time, Psych, How I Met Your Mother, and it’s used quite often on Saturday Night Live in their parody infomercials.
It’s also the number seen on screen in Jordan Bellfort’s infomercial in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, where it gets prominent screen time.
So there you go: Mr. Smith — ostensibly something of a man in black himself — shares a phone number with Fox Mulder. Sounds like a conspiracy to us!