THE CHARMER

Best ex­am­ple: Ryan Reynolds 62 cred­its

The Washington Post Sunday - - MOVIES -

Reynolds is proof that we can never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a twin­kling smile and a rock­hard body. The ac­tor first de­lighted au­di­ences play­ing the smart aleck Berg on the turn-ofthe-mil­len­nium TV show “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.” Tall, adorable and with im­pec­ca­ble comedic tim­ing, Reynolds was born to do a ro­man­tic com­edy or five. And that’s ex­actly what he did with a se­ries of so-so movies, in­clud­ing “Def­i­nitely, Maybe” (2008) and “The Pro­posal” (2009). He also head­lined some spec­tac­u­lar boxof­fice fail­ures. The ac­tion com­edy “R.I.P.D.” (2009), for ex­am­ple, made about $78 mil­lion on a re­ported pro­duc­tion bud­get of $130 mil­lion. Ouch.

His most re­cent star ve­hi­cle, “Self/less,” opened last week­end and brought in a pal­try $5 mil­lion. But de­spite a string of un­der­per­form­ing out­ings, in­clud­ing a much-de­rided turn as the Green Lan­tern, Reynolds is set to star as the ti­tle char­ac­ter in an adap­ta­tion of another su­per­hero comic, “Dead­pool.”

See also: Tay­lor Kitsch, star of one of Hol­ly­wood’s most myth­i­cal bombs, “John Carter” (2012) and Kate Hud­son, who is cute as a but­ton but hasn’t made a good movie since, well . . .

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