RYAN REYNOLDS (Mitch) has emerged as one
of Hollywood's most sought after
leading men, with two
very distinctive recent hit
projects that surpassed the
$300 million mark at the
global box office: the romantic
comedy The Proposal, opposite
Sandra Bullock (in which
he played a guy forced to
marry his boss to curtail her
deportation), and the fantasy-adventure X-Men Origins:
Wolverine, in the role of Deadpool.
This year, Reynolds was seen starring in the title
role of DC Comics' Green Lantern. He also recently
starred in the mystery-thriller Buried, a 2010 Sundance
favorite in which his character, Paul Conroy, a contractor
working in Iraq, wakes up in a coffin, buried alive after
an attack by a group of dissidents. In the cinematically
challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on
camera for the duration of the 95-minute run time.
Reynolds also recently completed production in
South Africa on the thriller Safe House, opposite Denzel
Washington, and will soon begin production on Universal
Pictures' R.I.P.D., which he will star in and produce.
Reynolds starred in two other Sundance entries:
Greg Mottola's Adventureland, the amusement park-set
comedy with Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the
2009 festival and was also nominated for Best Ensemble
Cast at the 2009 Gotham Awards, and The Nines, in the
triple role of a troubled actor, a television show runner
and an acclaimed videogame designer whose lives are
intertwined in unsettling ways.
His other recent films include the comedy Paper Man,
in which he starred as an imaginary superhero friend
of a struggling novelist; Definitely, Maybe, in which
he played a political consultant and parent to Abigail
Breslin, with a questionable past; the complex drama
Chaos Theory, in which he played a man experiencing
a crisis after he finds out he is sterile and his child is not
his own; Joe Carnahan's crime thriller Smokin' Aces, in
which he starred as a morally centered FBI agent out to
prevent a gangland hit; and a remake of the classic cult
horror fi lm The Amityville Horror.
Reynolds hails from Vancouver, British Columbia,
where he harbored an affection for acting at a young age.
After establishing himself on television in the sitcom
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and in a variety
of guest spots and telefilms such as In Cold Blood, he
caught moviegoers' attention with his lead role in Walt
Becker's irreverent 2002 comedy National Lampoon's
Van Wilder, which led to larger roles in such films as
Blade: Trinity and the romantic comedy Just Friends.
In addition to landing numerous leading roles,
Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's
Research. In November 2007, Reynolds ran the New
York City Marathon in honor of his father, who has
long suffered from the ravages of Parkinson's disease.
Reynolds' marathon run raised more than $100,000
for Fox's foundation.
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