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