Ryan Reynolds Movies

Ryan Reynolds started his acting career when he was just 15 years old. Since then, he has appeared in many TV shows and movies. Here are 5 of his more notable movies:

Van Wilder

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

This raunchy comedy movie was considered to be Ryan’s breakout role into Hollywood. He stars as Van Wilder, a hard-partying student who’s been at college for 7 years already. When his father stops paying his tuition, Van becomes a ‘professional party thrower’ to make money. He soon comes to the attention of the campus newspaper that sends a reporter, Gwen (Tara Reid), to write a story on him. The story is so popular that she is assigned to write a follow-up piece. However, Van begins to pursue her romantically even though she already has a boyfriend and an intense rivalry develops between the two. Things start to go wrong for Van and he realizes that perhaps it is time to graduate.

Blade: Trinity

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Ryan was cast as Hannibal King in this third and final movie of the vampire trilogy Blade. This role was particulary tough for Ryan as he had to change his physique quite dramatically to play the muscle-bound, tough Hannibal. This movie finds Blade (Wesley Snipes) teamed up with a group of vampire hunters called Nightstalkers (Ryan as Hannibal King and Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler). Together they must battle the powerful Danica Talos who has awakened the King of all vampires from his sleep. Danica believes that if they drink his blood, all vampires will be transformed into Daywalkers. Meanwhile, Blade and the Nightstalkers attempt to create a virus to wipe out all vampires once and for all. The two sides eventually battle it out with life or death consequences.

The Proposal

The Proposal (2009)

Ryan stars opposite Sandra Bullock in this well-received romantic comedy. He plays Andrew, assistant to the insufferable Margaret (Sandra Bullock), the powerful editor-in-chief of a publishing company. When Margaret learns that her visa expired and she is about to be deported back to Canada she blackmails Andrew, who secretly hates her, to marry her. They need to convince a skeptical immigration officer so the two travel to Andrew’s hometown in Sitka, Alaska for the weekend. There, Margaret meets his friendly family and she eventually develops guilt over the blackmail. She leaves Andrew at the alter and agrees to be deported. However, Andrew follows her as he has fallen in love and the two become engaged so that Margaret can stay and they can develop their relationship. The movie also stars the hilarious comedy queen, Betty White, as Andrew’s grandma.

Buried

Buried (2010)

Ryan won rave reviews for his performance as Paul, a US truck driver working in Iraq who wakes up trapped in a coffin, buried alive.  He is bound and gagged and only has a Zippo lighter and a Blackberry. He desperately calls for help but cannot offer much insight into his whereabouts beyond ‘somewhere in the Iraqi desert’. He soon realizes that he will run out of air before they can find him and his desperation grows. Eventually, Paul realizes that he can only depend on himself to survive.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (2011)

This superhero movie, based on the DC Comics, features Ryan as pilot Hal Jordan. Hal is the first human recruit to a brotherhood of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps. The Green Lanterns have sworn to keep intergalactic peace and order but find themselves unable to defend the universe from a new enemy, Parallax. As such, they have recruited Hal to help them. Each Green Lantern is given a ring that gives the bearer superpowers and Hal struggles with them at first. Eventually, he is able to master them and proves to be the key to defeating Parallax. The movie also stars Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Hal’s love interest.

Canadian Actor Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

HIS CHILDHOOD:

Hollywood hunk Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the youngest of four brothers to James, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, and Tammy, a retail salesperson. Ryan’s hard work ethic was apparent even when he was young as he held several odds and ends jobs including working as a bus boy at a yacht club and working in a grocery store. Despite failing his acting class at the age of 12, Ryan decided to pursue a life of acting. This ambition led him to create an improv comedy club in Vancouver called Yellow Snow.

LEAVING THE NEST:

Ryan’s acting career began in 1990 when he was merely 15 years old as he made his television debut in the Nickelodeon show Hillside (aka. Fifteen). The role caused him to move to Florida during the show’s 4 season run. When it ended, Ryan moved back to Vancouver and appeared in various minor roles in different television shows and movies. At one point, he became so frustrated with his lack of success in acting that he contemplated giving it up completely. He even enrolled in Kwantlen College to further his education.

HOLLYWOOD SUCCESS:

Shortly after he began studying at Kwantlen, Ryan ran into fellow actor Chris Martin. Upon discovering Ryan dejected and crestfallen, he announced that the two of them were moving to Los Angeles right away to further pursue acting. Ryan landed a few minor roles here and there but it wasn’t until 1997 when his luck started to turn. He landed a lead role in the TV show Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. That role led to a few bigger movie roles as he was cast in Jeff’s Probst’s Finder Fee in 2001 and Buying the Cow opposite Ron Livingston and Jerry O’Connell in 2002. Late 2002, Ryan landed the role that solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s breakout stars. Starring in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder helped open the doors to even bigger roles for him. He landed guest spots in hit TV show Scrubs and even a cameo in the popular Harold and Kumar  Go To White Castle. In 2004, he was cast as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity opposite Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel. The role literally transformed him as he had to bulk up his body to play the muscled, butt-kicking character. Ryan later went on to star in box office hits such as The Amityville Horror, Waiting, Smokin’ Aces, Definitely, Maybe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Proposal opposite America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock and Buried. He is currently starring as the superhero Hal Jordan in Green Lantern (due for release in 2011).

LOVE LIFE:

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan met Canadian singer/icon Alanis Morissette in 2002. The pair began dating and quickly established themselves as the king and queen of Canadian couples. In 2004, they announced their engagement to the delight of many. However, in 2007, the pair split up. Shortly after, Ryan met Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and they announced their engagement in 2008. They married in 2008 in Tofino, British Columbia – close to Ryan’s hometown.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Ryan’s work has led to many award nominations. They include several MTV Movie Awards and People’s Choice Awards. He has won a Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakout Star. In 2008 and 2009, People’s magazine named him one of the Sexiest Men Alive – the honor of being named the Sexiest Man Alive came in 2010.

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