#ManCrushMonday: Ryan Reynolds
The unlikely indie darling
When was the last time Ryan Reynolds wowed you in a performance? No, he doesn't command the screen in dramatic roles as effortlessly as Bradley Cooper's comedy-turned-serious takes, nor does he effectively shed his laugh lines as Jonah Hill does his frat boy image — but what he possesses though, is eagerness, evident in his artistic range.
Having made his showbiz debut in early nineties teen soap Fifteen, he continued his television run with a lead role in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. A sneak peek of what's to come in next year's single-character feature Deadpool was seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, showing blockbuster promise. Then there's that tit-baring role in comedic hit The Proposal, which secured new fangirls for the actor. Reynolds continues to punch above the weight of half-arsed roles in The Green Lantern and The Change-Up with his dedication to first-time directors.
Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden, Marcos Siega's Chaos Theory and Kieran and Michele Mulroney's Paper Man are some risks he's taken with first-time directors. Even Deadpool, set for release in February next year, is director Tim Miller's first feature film. Woman in Gold seems to tie in two of Reynolds' loves — comedy and indie — in this "dramedy" which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. The second directorial effort by My Week in Marilyn's Simon Curtis, Reynolds plays young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, who helps Helen Mirren's character Maria Altmann secure a painting lost in the Second World War. For this movie, expect tried-and-tested banter between the old woman-young man dynamics, with Reynolds oozing his signature, blundering charm.