Buried - Ryan Reynolds profile
Star of encasement thriller on Buried, horror and sucess
23 October 1976, Vancouver, Canada
The Canadian actor’s first prominent acting gig was when he appeared in the Nickelodeon series Fifteen between 1991 and1993. Five years of bad Canadian TV movies later, the actor moved to LA in a bid to change his luck and he won a role in the TV show Two Guys and a Girl and a Pizza Place. His good looks ensured that he also started winning roles as a romantic leading man and he became gossip magazine fodder when he started dating Alanis Morissette in 2004. He is now married to Scarlett Johansson.
What’s he up to now?
Reynolds is the star of the one-man movie Buried, in which has to try to escape from a coffin before he suffocates. Next up he will play the eponymous lead in Green Lantern and it’s also been announced that he will play another comic book character, Deadpool, although this is looking increasingly unlikely as a Green Lantern sequel has already been green lit.
On the difference between horror and thriller
‘I don’t want to disrespect that genre at all, but for me horror contains a lot more shock, and a much more specific kind of shock than seen in thrillers. For me horror contains a lot of splatter, a lot of blood and those kinds of things. I mean, for me a thriller is far more psychological – it’s viral, it gets into your system.
On Buried being a sleeper hit
‘With all due respect I never thought anyone would see this film. At best I thought this would be in a small film festival somewhere and that we’d be a footnote in some book on weird, interesting quirky films that get made.’
Ryan Reynolds is scared of the small things in life, such as being caught unprepared, rather than snakes or being trapped in a lift.
Buried, selected release, Fri 24 Sep. See review.