In an exclusive SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle, Ryan Reynolds took some fan questions. Among the questions was one concerning his wife, Blake Lively. The question was: What's the best part about being married to Blake Lively that people wouldn't expect? To which Reynolds replied:
"A lot of times, like I write on a lot of my movies. It's been a survival mechanism for me for a long time. Sometimes I'm credited, sometimes I'm not. There's a lot of A++ writing that I've done that was actually Blake... So she's a really talented, multihyphenate kind of person in this, you know, weird burgoo of an entertainment industry that we work in and she's helped me so much in Deadpool, all kinds of movies that have been big successes. She's always got a lot of bricks in that wall so.
As the saying goes: behind every great man is a great woman!
After talking about how indebted Reynolds is to his wife, the conversation shifted to being a 'girl-dad':
"I don't even think of it as like I'm a girl dad you know I just like, I love my kids. I want them to grow up to be self-aware human beings who affect some positive change somehow some way in the world. But like I was the youngest of four boys, so, I find doors to be a privilege. Like for the most part I was thrown through walls. I was a moving target. I was emergency harvestable organs. You name it, I was that as the youngest of four large strapping boys, and I include my dad in that I was the youngest of five, cause he also was almost like a child at times. So, having girls has been, now I don't know anything else."
Believe it or not, Taylor Swift uses the names of Reynolds' kids on her new album folklore. When asked how he felt about Swift using the names of his children, Reynolds said:
We trust her implicitly and she's very sensitive to any of that stuff and obviously the song has nothing to do with our kids other than our kids' names. But I mean what an honor. I don't know. We thought it was pretty, pretty damn amazing. We still do. You know, I still walk down the street and shake my head thinking I can't believe that happened."
Not many people can say they've been name dropped on a Taylor Swift album.
Cagle then stirred the pot, so to speak, in the hilarious feud between Reynolds and his arch nemesis Hugh Jackman. Cagle showed Reynolds a clip of Jackman in which he details what he was thinking of giving Reynolds for his birthday:
"The first thing that came to mind was a game we used to play as kids. Did you ever play that game we used to call it ring and run where you knock on someone's door and run away? So of course my older brother took it to the next level and when you came to the door there was a package that was on fire. The package was filled with various amounts of dog poo from the neighborhood. So you would stamp it out. That's the first thing that came to mind."
Reynolds watched the clip with a smirk on his face before reacting:
First of all, only Hugh Jackman would call it dog poo. It's dog shit Hugh, let's get with the program here. This year I had this great shot that I was going to send him. I was going to send him like a sushi platter, but the whole thing was just made out of old Band-aids... There's a dozen other that are coming that are different, uh, different fun surprises, all equally life-threatening."
So for anyone who was wondering whether or not Ryan and Hugh are on good terms; you have your answer.
Finally, Reynolds talked about the Free Guypromo featuring Deadpool that sent fans into a frenzy:
"George Dewey, my partner at Maximum Effort, our marketing company and I had written this short, which was Deadpool and Korg reacting to the trailer of Free Guy. And they said yes to that. Now, of course, this meets at an intersection of a lot of mutual interests. So Disney was accommodating, but I was shocked that they said yes, because Korg is not cheap. Like that's an expensive character to put on the screen. You know, a lot of, a lot of work goes into making Korg and Taika [Waititi] was game for it. So we shot it pretty quickly. And Disney turned it around fast for us. And, and it kind of broke the internet. There was a lot of fun."
Watch the promo that broke the internet below:
Reynolds also weighed in on the streaming versus theater debate when it comes to film releases. Reynolds went the theatrical route for Free Guy. But Cagle asked if there was ever going to be an option for the film to premiere on streaming services. Reynolds said:
"I've always felt that I'm so happy it's in the theater in the, in theater experience, but I've always just wanted people to see the movie. I don't care if they're watching it on an Apple Watch. I just want people to experience Free Guy. I think it's such a fantastic movie... So I just want people to see it, you know, I'm not super concerned about anything beyond that or the economics or that kind of stuff. I just really want people to see the film."
Ryan Reynolds stars in Free Guy which hits theaters August 13th 2021.
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