By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures.
Ryan Reynolds in Smokin' Aces
Ryan Reynolds has been in some violent movies before, Blade: Trinity and Amityville Horror in particular. Smokin' Aces takes it to a new level though with Joe Carnahan's stylish blend of bullets and blood.
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"I've certainly never been in a movie that's had this unique brand of unblinking violence before, so that's sort of new for me," said Reynolds. "But it's like any other role. You tackle it in the same way and you try to find the truth to it and I was really caught with this guy who was trapped in this bureaucratic FBI cluster-f*ck, for lack of a better word, and because of that loses someone that is very dear to him. So for me it was just playing the truth of that the whole time and I was sort of alone throughout the movie because my character is sort of a rogue player and he kind of arrives to the party a little late."
Reynolds plays an FBI agent Richard Messner trying to bring in mob informant Buddy "Aces" Israel before a slew of hitman pounce on him first. While others seem to enjoy wreaking havoc, it affects Messner profoundly.
"That was just part of the story. I mean, he was the guy that was deeply affected emotionally by it, deeply and through the ringer by the end of this adventure. So, it was the focal point for me as the character. The climax for the character of Messner was the reason to do this movie, to really get inside of that guy and find out what made him tick. For me I haven't done a lot of films where I had to jump into something in this way. So, it was the least amount of me that I usually put in and oddly enough the most. It was the most effort and a departure from anything that I've been comfortable in, any sort of wheel house that I've established."
Reynolds was in the minority though, as the film's only Canadian. "They had something that they called a camp for me that they would put me in. No, I mean, I'm a Canadian. We're going to make a nice little state someday. No, it's fine. I think that Los Angeles is the fourth biggest Canadian city, is what I'm told. So they're around here."