YOUR LAWS FOR REIN­VEN­TION

Dis­rupt, BS and curse your way to suc­cess – just like Ryan Reynolds!

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - Guy Skills -

LAW # 1 LET IDEAS FLY

“There’s an old say­ing on a film set, ‘If you can’t find the ass­hole, it’s you,’” Reynolds says. You never want to be that guy. “At work, I like ev­ery­one to be part of the process. That means if the caterer has a good idea, you want to hear it.” Be friendly. Be open. Be a catchall. And be sure to give credit to the per­son who first thought of the idea. No one likes a thought thief.

LAW # 2 PIVOT WHEN NEC­ES­SARY

For Reynolds, se­ri­ous is stale. Be­fore shoot­ing be­gan on The Hit­man’s Body­guard with Sa­muel L. Jack­son, the ini­tial script felt flat. “It was so dif­fer­ent by the time we went to cam­era, a tongue-in-cheek de­con­struc­tion of buddy-cop ac­tion movies,” Reynolds says. “And that all hap­pened about three weeks be­fore shoot­ing.”

LAW # 3 STAY NIM­BLE

Reynolds has worked with his per­sonal trainer Don Sal­adino for eight years. “[Don] has pro­grammes that I can ac­cess on­line be­cause when I’m shoot­ing, my hours are so er­ratic,” Reynolds says. “I don’t want to have to meet some­body at 4 in the morn­ing in a dark gym. I just want to go when I can go.” When you plan your trav­els, plan your work­outs as well.

LAW # 4 OWN YOUR FLAWS

“I am not in­no­va­tive in the kitchen,” Reynolds says. “If I cook, you’ll have a struc­ture fire. The fire­men will kick down our door, take my wife away, and give her a bet­ter life.” If you know your lim­i­ta­tions, ac­cept them – es­pe­cially if they could re­sult in the in­cin­er­a­tion of per­sonal prop­erty.

LAW # 5 DON’T BE IN­SANE

Reynolds eats “clean, whole foods” ev­ery two or three hours when he’s bulk­ing for a role. But he stops short of Hugh Jack­man’s Wolver­ine diet, which re­port­edly in­volved 6,000 calo­ries, some of which were eaten at 2am. “Hugh Jack­man has a ded­i­ca­tion to his craft that I’m afraid I don’t share. If I’m up at 2 in the morn­ing, it’s be­cause some­thing has gone ter­ri­bly wrong.”

LAW # 6 BALL- BUST

Speak­ing of Jack­man, Reynolds main­tains an on­go­ing “feud” with the Aussie. (Ex­am­ple: Jack­man tweets a lovely photo with a group of Chi­nese fans; Reynolds replies, “Pretty sure those are pro­test­ers.”) “Busting balls is a great thing, but busting balls needs to work in stark con­trast to that per­son’s char­ac­ter.”

LAW # 7 CURSE CRE­ATIVELY

Ev­ery­one and their grandma uses the same swear words, usu­ally in the same con­text. Push your­self harder: “I love a good com­pound swear word,” Reynolds says. “‘This party’s shitty’ isn’t nearly as ef­fec­tive as ‘This party’s a to­tal shit sym­phony.’ That gives it a lit­tle jushe.” This law is only half a law be­cause, re­ally, come on.

LAW # 7.5 TOY WITH THE LINE

“I’ve cer­tainly said things on­line where I’ve thought, oh

boy. I’m for­tu­nate that there’s some prece­dent for me act­ing like a jack­ass. If I were some­body like, I dunno, Con­doleezza Rice, it might be a bit dif­fer­ent.” Then he smiles. “But you have to set prece­dents at some point.”

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