The Fast and Furious Pace of Ryan Reynolds

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July 18th, 2013

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The Fast and Furious Pace of Ryan Reynolds

Canadian film and television actor Ryan Reynolds has captured the hearts of audiences with his roles in a number of major movies in the last few years. He has been able to play both comedic and action-oriented roles with huge success. The 36-year-old actor was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, as the youngest of four brothers. His mother worked as a retail sales clerk, and his father was a wholesale food distributor.

Reynolds is married to Blake Lively, his costar from the movie "The Green Lantern." He was previously married to Scarlett Johansson in 2008, but the two divorced in 2011. Before that, he had been engaged to Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, but that engagement was ended in 2007.

Ryan Reynolds began his acting career in 1990 as Billy Simpson on Nickelodeon's "Fifteen" and appeared in all 13 episodes. In 1996, he played Seth in the movie "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" alongside actress Melissa Joan Hart.

As Reynolds grew into adulthood, he started getting more acting roles. He had a starring role in National Lampoon's "Van Wilder" playing the title character. He also had a recurring role in the American television show "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" playing Michael "Berg" Bergen, a medical student. That show continued for 81 episodes. In 2003 and 2004, Ryan Reynolds had parts in "The Odyssey," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and "The In-Laws."

Reynolds has appeared primarily in comedies. Between 2005 and 2010, he was in several feature films and television shows. Starting with roles in "Waiting..." as a waiter named Monty and in the comedy "Just Friends" as a music industry executive named Chris Brander, Reynolds went on to play the lead protagonist in "Definitely, Maybe." By this time, Ryan Reynolds was starting to become a familiar face in the motion picture media. He was proving to be a natural at comedic roles.

In 2009, Reynolds had a role opposite Sandra Bullock in the "The Proposal" playing Andrew Paxton. This movie was very funny, and showed Reynolds' talent in physical comedy. In the same year, he also played Mike Connell in "Adventureland."

Although Reynolds has become an expert at comedic roles, he has also taken part in several major action movies. To prepare for the physically fit character of ex-vampire Hannibal King in "Blade: Trinity," Reynolds had to train extremely hard. He also played the main character in the remake of the movie "The Amityville Horror" in 2005. He was in "Smokin' Aces" as FBI agent Richard Messner in 2006.

In recent years, Ryan Reynolds has become involved in several comic book adaptations for feature films, playing both Marvel Comics and DC Comics heroes. Reynolds played Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the "X-Men" spinoff movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Wade Wilson is a mutant in the X-Men universe who becomes transformed into Deadpool, a Frankenstein-like monster mutant, by an evil scientist. A new Marvel movie telling the story of Deadpool is coming out in 2013 that will retell Deadpool's backstory. This film is also slated to star Reynolds, but the story told in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" will be disregarded.

In 2011, Ryan Reynolds played DC Comics hero Green Lantern, whose alter-ego is Hal Jordan. This movie made Reynolds one of the few actors who has portrayed characters from both the Marvel and DC Comics universes.

Reynolds has continued his fast pace of making new movies. In 2012, he played Matt Weston in "Safe House" with Denzel Washington. In this movie thriller, Reynolds played a rookie CIA agent protecting a rogue agent (Washington) as they attempt to escape from mercenaries in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ryan Reynolds has also provided voice acting in animated films. This year, he was the voice of Guy in "The Croods," an animated movie about a family during the Stone Age. He is also the voice of Turbo the snail in the new animated film "Turbo." Turbo is due for release in theaters on July 17, 2013.

You can expect to see Ryan Reynolds in a number of upcoming films, including "R.I.P.D," "The Voices," "Queen of the Night," "Mississippi Grind," "Selfless," and "Deadpool." These films are slated to come out in 2013 and 2014. It is clear that Ryan Reynolds will continue to have an important impact on the movie industry for many years to come.