Ryan Reynolds seemingly has got the steps to turning a rom-com film career into an empire down pat, and it goes something like this: 1. Become a movie star 2. Become a movie star by finally taking the reins and—at least a good chunk of—creative control on your films by either co-writing and/or producing them yourself 3. Become a stake holder and take creative control of your own gin company, in this case Aviation Gin, and sell it for a whopping 600 million dollars 4. Become a stake holder and take creative control of your own cell phone company, in this case Mint Mobile, which is now valued at, um, 600 million dollars 5. Ensure said films, gins, phone companies and pretty much everything else turns to gold by infusing them with your own brand of sardonic wit by 6. Starting your own marketing company, aptly titled Maximum Effort after Deadpool’s favorite catchphrase 7. Making it all look like a helluva lot of fun by pulling off stunts like buying a Welsh football club (Wrexham A.F.C.) with a likeminded buddy (actor Rob McElhenney) 8. Be super Canadian about it all by being the nicest guy in the room and 9. Just overall win at life by being an awesome dad to three awesome kids with the powerhouse Blake Lively. 10. Despite it all, manage to keep a very private profile that somehow makes audiences feel like they’re in on your life by being just hilariously charming on social media, but really joke’s on you cause we really don’t know squat about Ryan Reynold’s private life. And to be sure, that’s just how he likes it.
In between inadvertently making us feel like we missed a class in Life Manifestation and, you know, panache, he took the time to answer our 10 Questions.
Favorite book growing up?
Nine Stories by JD Salinger.
Song, band, or album that brings you back?
The Tragically Hip.
Favorite garbage food?
Movie you have seen the most times and why?
Planes Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin is beautiful in the film, and John Candy is a revelation. Every time I see it I notice something new. There are references to the film littered throughout Deadpool 1 and 2.
Favorite movie you were in and why?
Mississippi Grind. I just love the pacing and tone, and I think Ben Mendelsohn is a treasure.
Place that makes you feel nostalgic?
Favorite restaurant anywhere in the world?
Minerva’s Greek Restaurant in Vancouver, BC
Best sports moment of your life?
I’m biased, but Wrexham AFC coming back from a 5-2 deficit against Dover Athletic. I’ve never screamed like that in my life.
Morning person or night owl?
How many hours a night of sleep do you need to function?
Seven. Non-negotiable. Okay, I’ll settle for five. Final offer.
CHECK OUT RYAN
As Ebeneezer Scrooge in Spirited
As Adam in Netflix’s The Adam Project
As Guy in Shawn Levy’s Free Guy
As Wade/Deadpool in DC’s Deadpool 1 & 2
As Curtis in A24’s Mississippi Grind
As Paul Conroy in Buried
As Andrew Paxton in The Proposal