Like most guys, I generally enjoy psychological thrillers with a side of science fiction. You know, your Gattacas, your Primers, your Children of Men. Hell, I even saw Edge of Tomorrow a couple weeks ago and liked it more than I thought I would.
I’ve also developed a healthy respect for Ryan Reynolds over the years for amusing me in such films as Van Wilder, The Proposal and the extremely underappreciated The Change-Up.
So I was relatively pumped to talk with Reynolds and see his new sci-fi thriller, Self/less, which hits theaters this weekend.
Reynolds was Reynolds—cool and funny and on. I felt like Sandra Bullock at the end of The Proposal. Or maybe Craig T. Nelson. Or maybe Betty White.
First, about the movie: It’s a cool, entertaining film, with a lot more action than you might expect from the trailer. It probably won’t win Best Picture, but it’ll grab ya for two hours and it’s got plenty of style.
The basic storyline: Ben Kingsley—sorry, Sir Ben Kingsley—plays a super-rich New York building tycoon who is dying of cancer. He hears about a new technology called “shedding,” which involves going to a secret lab manned by Matthew Goode and trading his corpus for that of a much newer one—namely, Ryan Reynolds.
So Kingsley forks over $250 million and goes into a spinning MRI-type machine next to the affable Canadian. Voilà, he’s Ryan Reynolds. And soon he’s partying his ass off in New Orleans, not unlike an 18-again George Burns or a Kirk Cameron in 1987-aged Dudley Moore.
Everything’s great… until he starts having flashbacks to his former self and travels to St. Louis to track down his loaner body’s babe wife (Natalie Martinez) and daughter. And that’s when Goode’s company starts using everything from guns to flamethrowers to Victor Garber and Derek Luke to put an end to his little soul search. Intense antics ensue!
Now, as for our chat—it lasted a good four minutes. Watch it below. I wasn’t exactly throwing him high heat, but Reynolds was Reynolds—cool and funny and on. I felt like Sandra Bullock at the end of The Proposal. Or maybe Craig T. Nelson. Or maybe Betty White. Anyway, take a look. He says some interesting stuff about the flick, LeBron James and sweet potatoes. I would’ve liked to talk to him longer, but he had about 30 more interviews to do. Press junkets are funny like that…