Ryan Reynolds Life Lessons
Ryan Reynolds is one of those actors that is loved by gays and straights alike. We’ve certainly done our fair share of posts on the hunky Canadian when we did our extensive background piece on him awhile back.
Recently, Reynolds sat down for an interview with the folks at Men’s Health as part of the PR rollout for the movie, Deadpool. In this flick, he plays superhero who has special accelerated healing powers. And apparently, his character is a Pansexual that is needy and neurotic.
And while we’re certainly looking forward to this flick, which promises to feature a comical yet clever side to moviegoers, we found ourselves captivated with the openness he demonstrated in the March Men’s Health piece.
All too often, actors are placed on a pedestal by fans for a variety of reasons, including acting abilities and looks. It’s easy to forget that in truth, they are human beings just like us.
For example, we learned in the MH piece that when it comes to exercise, Reynolds needs to get outside from time to time because if doesn’t, he gets a case of the blues.
“I get depressed if I don’t move. So for me that’s enough. I don’t necessarily need to have 400 pounds on my back in the squat rack and then take a picture of myself and send it out to my Twitter followers. I like to hike and go biking, that kind of thing.
Get outside, move my body, get some fresh air pumping through my lungs. That’s my idea of a workout.”
As fans of Reynolds may recall, he recently made some attention getting remarks about Chris Evans “powerful ass” when comparing his Deadpool character to that of Captain America. We covered the comments here and also examined the parts of Chris Evans that most people are missing.
We mention this because it seems as the actor is transforming into an older wolf (he turns 40 in October), he is starting to become more open about things, speaking candidly about various issues, including his own life.
Traditionally, this hasn’t been the norm for Reynolds, who acknowledged in the MH article that he would rather punch himself in the groin rather than talk about himself. “There’s nothing worse than a celebrity talking about his like in a unilateral way, like his experience is the same for everyone.”
Here are some other sides to the actor we’re digging, including a few lessons for all of us to think about.
1. Be determined
In the interview, Reynolds shared that he learned self-discipline from his father. “Not in terms of corporal punishment but being determined in whatever you do.”
2. Have humor with a purpose
He believes that humor has real value in life, particularly when you are down. “Laughing can serve you in those dark moments and even help you when you crawl your way back out.”
3. Have the right mindset when it comes to aging
He talked about the medical realities of aging and what it can be like. “I finally had my prostate checked. And I was really thankful that I taught my a-hole how to whistle before the doctor stuck his finger in there. The look on his face was priceless.”
4. You don’t need all the answers
Unlike some celebrities who seem to have an opinion or thought about anything and everything, this appears not to be the case with Reynolds. He shared with Men’s Health: “There’s comfort in not knowing, in accepting that you don’t have all the answers, and not letting the anxiety of that suck you into an all-consuming anus.”
5. Be open to life’s surprises
Indeed, growing older can mean becoming wiser. In the case of Ryan Reynolds, he seems to recognize that there’s something special in the unknown. “There are so few surprises left in life. We’ve gotten so addicted to knowing. It’s the Google generation. We want the answer to everything right now.
Readers of this blog love Ryan Reynolds. What’s not to dig about the man? He’s talented, swoonworthy and wise. And did we mention he’s a huge supporter of LGBT issues. Yep – he is.
Deadpool opens on February 12. We’re looking forward to seeing it!