Born: October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”
Did You Know?
Ryan Reynolds has racked up several box office hits in his career, yet ‘Mega Star’ status alludes him. He was building up some fantastic momentum leading up to his portrayal as Hal Jordan in Green Lantern…unfortunately, the movie was dreadful (not Reynolds’ fault). Then, he followed it up with the mediocre animated film Turbo and the poorly received R.I.P.D. Early buzz on Self/less is not very positive which means Reynolds will probably have to wait until 2016 (Deadpool) for the chance to break his losing streak.
Breakout Role (according to the masses): Van Wilder
Breakout Role (according to Leo Craven): Blade: Trinity
– Of course, I loved “Van Wilder” too, but it was “Blade: Trinity” that established Ryan Reynolds as having more to offer than just his comedic wit. I could also make a case for his role in “The Amityville Horror” remake, which showed audiences for the first time that the guy can really act.
Box Office Status: One-Hit-Away from Mega Star
Next Project to Look Out for: Self/less (In theaters July 10th)
Most (In)Famous Role (‘Van Wilder’ in Van Wilder):
Nominated for Best Actor (IGN Summer Movie Awards) in 2010 for “Buried”
Nominated for Breakthrough Male Performance (MTV Movie Awards) in 2002 for “Van Wilder”
ONE LAST THING:
In 2014 Blur Studio leaked ‘test footage’ of the character ‘Deadpool’ (played by Ryan Reynolds). The resulting buzz was so strong that the project was finally given the green light by 20th Century Fox and a release date in February, 2016 for a full length film featuring the wise-cracking (and very R-rated) mercenary, Deadpool. Check out the test footage that made it all possible: