Although Ryan Reynolds hasn’t really escaped the trademark persona that he solidified in films like Deadpool, he has garnered universal acclaim for his performances in the meantime. He repeats his successful formula in his latest project Free Guy, a sci-fi comedy film that launches an investigation of liberty and free will within the constructs of a video game.
In Free Guy, Reynolds plays the part of an NPC (non-playable character) in a video game. NPCs are usually bound to certain areas and behaviour through the game’s rigid programming, devoid of any real freedom. However, Reynolds manages to free himself from the oppression of the code due to a new update that proves to be liberating.
While talking about the character development, Reynolds said: “I think there’s something really fun about exploring everything with new eyes, which is what this character gets to do, and filtering that through the prism of comedy and occasionally cynicism. I love playing a character who’s stepping out from the background into this new person.”
Adding, “It’s interesting to me, Everybody says ‘it’s a movie based on a video game’. I really don’t think Free Guy is a video game movie. That’s like saying Titanic is a movie about boatmanship. It’s a movie about so much more. But I loved the narrow target we had to hit to create a world which felt authentic to gamers, and then still smuggle this other story into that.”
Recently, Reynolds confirmed that Disney wants a sequel already. In a new tweet, the actor said: “Aaaannnnd after three years messaging #FreeGuy as an original IP movie, Disney confirmed today they officially want a sequel. Woo hoo! #irony.” This comes off the back of impressive critical as well as commercial success, with generally favourable reviews as well as a global box office gross of $51 million so far.