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Ryan Reynolds Adventureland

Published April 2, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Miramax
You may expect Ryan Reynolds to be the comic relief in Adventureland, especially since they make a big deal of “and Ryan Reynolds” in the credits. The theme-park teen angst comedy is more understated and even Reynolds reigns in his humor. However, it was no great plan to show off his ACTING!

Ryan Reynolds on Adventureland


“You can't really read into any more than it was a great script, a great director,” Reynolds said. “It was a very specific script because it was a life that he’d actually led. So I just wanted to be one of the guys in it. Yes, it was a little more lethargic, yes. I mean, he’s a guy that's broken a little bit. He lives a fantasy world. I mean, he’s inserted himself into a position where he’s the biggest fish in the smallest pond he could find. I think he’s lived up to absolutely none of his hopes, dreams or potential. So I mean he’s in effect kind of broken, and that's what I loved about him. It’s also I think the most redeeming component to the character is that he’s this guy who’s ostensibly a lothario a**hole. He’s in the end just really a kind of broken, damaged guy that I think suffers from his villainous behavior as much as anybody else.”

Reynolds plays the theme park maintenance man who is cheating on his wife with one of the games emcees (Kristen Stewart). The share a connection of vampire cinema. “I don’t know if I had vampire-slaying Blade skills. I think it’s mostly a lot of like unhinging of my jaw and releasing rat sh*t and broken glass pretty much.”


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He clearly still has the wit to crack jokes, but perhaps it’s no longer appropriate to play that guy in a movie. “I haven’t really done that since probably Just Friends and that left such a great taste in my mouth because I loved doing the movie. I had so much fun shooting that movie, so I would love to do that again. But when you're out of your twenties it’s pretty hard to do that. I’d be lying if I didn’t say miss doing that kind of humor, but there's so much more available to me as I've grown up a little bit more. I have another film coming out that's I would say kind of a more of a broad romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock and I loved it. I mean, you can play so much more as an adult. You have real problems. When you're a guy who has a wealthy father and you're in your eighth year of college or whatever the hell [Van Wilder] was on, there isn’t a tremendous amount of relatability there or empathy for the character.”

Set in the ‘80s, Adventureland is now considered a period piece. That’s just wrong. “I still get that though where you see that something like U2 is considered classic rock, and I'm, ‘Wait! What? No, those aren’t classic rock. I just was at the concert.’ So, yes, things are moving that way. I have a friend, I guess he’s about twenty-five, and he saw a Volkswagen Bug, but the Volkswagen Bug from the ‘60s and ‘70s, he was like, ‘Oh, that's a cool classic car.’ And I just thought, ‘Wow, you really consider that to be like a Studebaker, don’t you?’ And he was like, ‘Yes. I don't know, I've never seen one before.’”

Adventureland opens to theaters on April 3rd.

For the trailers, poster, stills and more movie info, go to the Adventureland Movie Page.
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