Whilst film adaptations of video games have never fared well in the glitter of Hollywood, Shawn Levy’s Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds may just show a way forward for the strange sub-genre. Funny and genuinely kind-hearted, the film isn’t reliant on staying loyal to any source material and simply enjoys its short time on the silver screen.
Full of shocking and surprising moments, actor Ryan Reynolds has opened up about the cameo of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Planned and filmed before he passed away in November 2020, Reynolds recently told E! News, “We shot that separately, actually after the film had been completely done and dusted and completed”.
“Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that,” he continued.
Ryan Reynolds also outlined his newfound friendship with the late presenter just months before his death: “Even right up before shortly before he passed away, I talked to him on the phone about a charity initiative he was trying to launch,” he said, before adding: “This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end. Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that’s for sure.”
On the joy of filming the fantasy film itself, Reynolds notes, “I would say it’s probably my favourite movie I’ve ever done, mostly because I grew up watching Amblin movies about wish fulfilment”. Contextualising this success within the backdrop of the last couple of years, he states, “I just feel like the last few years have been so hard on so many people, not just in this country but all over the world. It’s great working on and being a part of a movie that is just this unabashed ball of joy”.