I have been following Vancouver-born Ryan Reynold’s career for many years. Although he was in a few movies and TV series, his breakout role was as Berg on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (which also featured fellow Canuck Nathan Fillion). This led to his starring as the title character in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and movies like Foolproof, Blade: Trinity, Waiting…, The Proposal, Definitely Maybe and The Green Lantern.
Reynold will also get a chance to play a superhero again when he reprises his role of Wade Wilson from X-Men Origins: Wolverine when Deadpool is released three years from now.
In the meantime, he is featured in two movies this weekend.
The first is what is a supernatural comedy best described as Men in Black meets Ghostbusters. In R.I.P.D., Reynolds plays a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department. He and his veteran partner (Jeff Bridges) are tasked with protecting the living from arrogant and malevolent evil spirits who refuse to move into the afterlife.
Also starring Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker, R.I.P.D is directed by Robert Schwentke, who did a great job with both Jodie Foster in Flightplan and Bruce Willis and company in Red (Red 2 is also being released this week).
R.I.P.D is based upon a comic book by Canadian Peter M. Lenkov, who is even better known as a writer for Hawaii Five-O, 24 and CSI: NY.
Reynold’s other role this week is playing a very fast snail named Turbo. He’s actually the voice of Turbo, a garden snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world just like his hero, five-time Indy 500 champ Guy Gagne. He gets his chance after a freak accident involving getting sucked into the supercharger of a drag racer which fuses his DNA with nitrous oxide. He suddenly finds himself with the power of speed and accuracy, as well eyes that light up like car headlights, a shell that blinks red like taillights and makes car sounds.
Turbo embarks on an adventure that eventually leads him to the Indianapolis 500.
The plot may sound a little cheesy, but Turbo is another release by DreamWorks Animation (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and most recently The Croods) and features the voices of Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson and Ken Jeong.
Another actor starring in two movies released this weekend is Mary-Louise Parker, who is not only in R.I.P.D. but rejoins Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren in Red 2.
Also joining the cast is Brian Cox, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins.
A little movie trivia: This is the first time that Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins have worked together on a film even though they have both played an iconic movie character. Cox was the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter, before Hopkins’ Oscar-winning portrayal in The Silence of the Lambs.