Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy on Time Travel and “The Adam Project”
Have you ever wished you could go back in time for a renovation?
In new Netflix movie ‘The Adam Project’, Ryan Reynolds plays Adam Reed, a time-traveling fighter pilot from the future who crashes on Earth in 2022 and meets the person he spent years trying to outrun. : his 12- year-old self.
Reynolds, 45, also produced the film, along with director Shawn Levy. For both, the story was compelling.
“This idea, if you could go back and meet your inner child, meet the self that you were, what would that be like?” said Levy. “How would that be for you? How would that be for this kid?”
In the film, both versions of Adam get a chance to make peace with their long-lost father, played by Mark Ruffalo. For the real-life Reynolds, the idea of sorting through emotional baggage with his father is very close to home.
Reynolds is the youngest of four boys from Vancouver, Canada. Their father was a former cop who ran a very tight ship. “I don’t want to paint this picture that it was this horrible place to grow up. But it was very tense,” he said.
Correspondent Tracy Smith asked, “Because of your dad?”
“Yeah, my dad was a really uptight guy. And, you know, I kind of described him as a skin-covered landmine. I attribute part of why I’m good at my job. I’m insightful I watch the danger carefully, and, you know, as an adult, that can really come in handy.
Reynolds has starred in over three dozen films, and being a sensitive guy has often made him a natural for player the sensitive type, as in “The Proposal” of 2009, opposite Sandra Bullock. But if romantic comedies put Reynolds on the Hollywood map, “Deadpool” is what made him a global superstar. The 2016 film, starring Reynolds as a disfigured superhero in a mask, was a monster hit, but only after years of sitting in limbo.
Smith asked, “You fought for over a decade to get this movie made. What did you say to yourself during those years?”
“You know, it wasn’t like I pulled out a broadsword and walked up the hill to fight my way through the executives again,” he said. “It was, new leadership would arrive, and I would go do the song and dance.”
“But wasn’t there a moment when you thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to stop singing and dancing, like this won’t happen to me’?”
“Yeah. I think it was about a year and a half before we got the green light for the movie.”
But before he gave up completely, this test footage from the film leaked onto the internet:
Fans went nuts, and it helped convince movie bosses to give Reynolds the go-ahead to do the real movie. “Deadpool” I and II grossed over $1.5 billion at the box office. But Reynolds says that, like her character in the movies, her self-confidence is just an act.
Smith asked, “So you talked about dealing with anxiety.”
“Uh-huh. Yeah, I’ve really had anxiety my whole life. And you know, I feel like I have two parts to my personality, that one takes over when that happens.
“When I was going out, like, ‘Letterman,’ back then, I was nervous. But I remember standing backstage before the curtain opened, and I was like, ‘I’m going to die I’m literally gonna die here. The curtain’s gonna open and I’m just gonna be, I’m just gonna be a symphony of vomit, “just, like, something horrible is gonna happen!” But as soon as that curtain opens – and it happens a lot in my work too – it’s like this little guy takes over. And he said to himself: ‘I understand. You are cool.’ I feel, like, my heart rate dropping and my breathing calming down, and I just go out and be this different person. And I’m leaving this interview saying, “God, I wish I was that guy!” “
“Wow. I would love to be that guy, that Ryan Reynolds guy?“
“Sure. Yeah. Maybe no one else would!”
Besides his thriving moving career, Reynolds also has stakes in companies such as a mobile phone company, a gin manufacturer and a Welsh football team. And his recent movie “Free Guy” was a huge hit.
It was his first time working with director Shawn Levy, after a famous pal insisted they meet.
Smith asked, “Your matchmaker was?”
“We met on the hugh.com dating site,” Reynolds said.
Levy said: “He told me, if I ever meet Ryan and if I ever work with Ryan, we’ll never stop. And then from the minute we first met on ‘Free Guy “, it was gangbusters.”
They’re actually neighbors in New York, and they have a few other things in common. Reynolds, with his wife, actress Blake Lively, has three daughters; Levy and his wife, Serena, have four.
Smith asked Levy, “You said you were neighbors by coincidence. You moved across the country, didn’t you?”
“He followed me here, yeah,” Reynolds quipped.
“Well, I will never admit that I moved across the country to be closer to him,” Levy said.
“My rear view mirror features Shawn Levy!”
“But if I make a few good films out of it, it’s worth it!”
Reynolds said, “Who travels East, too? Like, you guys are like the opposite of the Donner Party, except you all made it.”
“Give us time,” Levy said.
And while he may not be able to time travel, Reynolds has also come a long way.
Smith asked, “You mentioned that, if your 12-year-old self could see you now, what would he think? Do you give yourself a moment to step back and look at where you are? And, if yes, what do you think? you think?”
“Yeah, I think my 12-year-old self would be proud of me,” Reynolds replied, “because I’m doing this stuff in a way that has some integrity. I like to think a 12-year-old would watch where I’m there and I say, “We’re fine,” I think.”
To watch a trailer for “The Adam Project”, click on the video player below:
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Story produced by John D’Amelio. Publisher: Lauren Barnello.