Case in point: This fun video he posted to Twitter today, where he pokes fun at method acting and himself in an Inside the Actors Studio parody appropriately titled Outside the Actors Studio.
“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances” – Sanford Meisner. Point is, there’s a new Detective Pikachu trailer tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/g9dRTOJHL1
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 25, 2019
“I lived it, I breathed it. I became the character,” Reynolds says, referring of course to Pikachu himself, the fuzzy yellow CGI Pokémon he voices in the film. “I spent the entire year as Detective Pikachu.”
After sharing a story about how he didn’t pick up his daughters from school, because “Detective Pikachu doesn’t know who those two little girls are,” the video treats us to a surprise appearance from Reynolds’ real-life wife, actress Blake Lively, who goes for a whole “concerned love one” angle. It’s pretty dang cute.
Reynolds goes on, talking about how he immersed himself in the world of Pokémon, lived at Pikachu’s height, and “tried to lose 182 pounds until doctors intervened.” But then Blake Lively pops back in to remind us that he didn’t even change his voice for the role, let alone go method.
“Pika pika,” indeed.
Luckily, we don’t have long to wait before we can see if Reynolds really does pull of the part, because Detective Pikachu lands in theaters just a few months from now on May 10. Blake Lively says she won’t be going, but we certainly will.
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