“I’ve never had a movie that my nieces and neph­ews were so ex­cited about. Sud­denly I am Un­cle Hal rather than Un­cle Ryan”

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son. They rapidly be­came a sort of ju­nior Brad and Angie. Wan­der through any per­fumery and, al­though the re­la­tion­ship ended in 2009, the cou­ple still stare at one an­other from posters for dif­fer­ent brands.

At men­tion of the re­la­tion­ships, Reynolds good-na­turedly de­clines to com­ment. He seems em­bar­rassed by his un­der­stand­able dis­cre­tion. “No, no, no. It’s okay,” he says. “But I just don’t talk about it. To be hon­est, I would be as pro­tec­tive if my re­la­tion­ships weren’t in the pub­lic eye. I never think its nec­es­sary to talk about that stuff pub­licly. I make that ex­clu­sive for fam­ily or friends.”

De­spite shoul­der­ing the enor­mous hand­i­cap of be­ing fan­tas­ti­cally good look­ing, Reynolds has el­bowed his way into some chal­leng­ing roles. He was ex­cel­lent as a sleazy mid-west­ern loser in the loose-limbed com­edy Ad­ven­ture­land. He was bet­ter still in last year’s Buried, a film about a man in­ex­pli­ca­bly im­pris­oned in a cof­fin. That fine film never moved above ground and never showed an­other char­ac­ter’s face. It looked like hard work.

“What can I tell you? I was in a cof­fin,” he says, laugh­ing. “There was al­ways one side open. But even that side had glass on it. So you are nailed in there for the most part. There was no other way to do it.”

Reynolds says small ec­cen­tric films such as Buried are not much of a risk be­cause “if it doesn’t work no­body will see it, and if it does work still no­body will see it.” Green Lan­tern is a dif­fer­ent busi­ness. Made for about $150 mil­lion (about ¤104 mil­lion), the pic­ture con­cerns a bloke called Hal who comes across a magic ring that makes him all-pow­er­ful. It hopes to fill a hole in the calendar be­tween X-Men: First Class and Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon. Reynolds sud­denly finds him­self the fig­ure­head for a fi­nan­cial be­he­moth.

“Yeah, you do feel that to some de­gree,” he says. “Mostly I no­tice the re­ac­tion of kids. You start to meet kids who recog­nise you even be­fore the movie has come out. I’ve never had a movie that my nieces and neph­ews were so ex­cited about. Sud­denly I amUn­cle Hal rather than Un­cle Ryan. That’s very dif­fer­ent.” He seems un­nerved by the at­ten­tion that comes with be­ing a su­per­hero. How very Cana­dian.

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