Ryan Reynolds Finally Acknowledges That "R.I.P.D." Was Trash

So many chances for the former "Sexiest Man Alive."

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Ryan Reynolds is a lucky guy. He got to quickly reboot as a married man, going from Scarlett Johansson to Blake Lively. And professionally, after starring in a string of expensive bombs, he's currently rebooting his career with a few smaller indies, before attempting to launch another superhero franchise with X-Men's Deadpool.

When Ryan Reynolds was crowned "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2012, that one-week-supermarket-checkout-champion-belt was sandwiched in between a lot of movie career debris: Green Lantern cost $200 million, and it only made $116 million; The Change Up cost $52 million and only made $37; and R.I.P.D. cost $130 million and only made $33 million. All those films were varying degrees of bad to mediocre, but only one was total garbage. That's right, R.I.P.D. And while on a press tour for The Voices—a minimally-budgeted serial killer (comedy) movie—this is what Reynolds had to say to the Los Angeles Times, about needing to change his career after that T.U.R.D.:

"I'll be the first to admit I have not been as wise with my decision making as I should have been," he says, his voice getting quieter toward the end of the sentence. "I wasn't really methodical about, like, 'What is this movie? What are we making here?'"

"Take "R.I.P.D.," for example: "Is this a popcorn, bubble-gum romp? Is this a slightly subversive take on zombie culture?" he says, thinking of the questions he should have asked himself. "It was more like, 'Whoa, cool, Jeff Bridges! And there's some jokes in there that really work for me.'"

Moving forward, if Reynolds was offered a $200-million studio franchise again, he insists, he'd want to "really workshop it" to make sure he was the right fit.

Okay, dude's still gotta carve out his new persona in this industry, so he didn't lay into R.I.P.D. as much as it deserved (Jeff Bridges also held back a bit, saying he was "underwhelmed" by R.I.P.D.). Time will tell if Reynolds has truly learned a workshop lesson.

[via The Los Angeles Times]

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