With "Buried" and "Green Lantern" being two of the most talked about films of the year, it's not a big surprise that GQ decided to have star Ryan Reynolds be their October cover boy. The profile of the actor, who at many times it seems is universally loved for pretty much every step in his career, is an intriguing look at someone who is surprisingly guarded yet content with his life.
Despite the fact that Ryan opens up to GQ, there is an unmistakable air of restraint with everything he shares. This is most obvious in regards to his relationship with wife Scarlett Johansson, which Ryan says "hasn't been some covert operation," but he still chooses "to remain as private as possible without being secretive."
The time when Ryan opens up the most is when he talks about his experience on the set of "Green Lantern," and his well-loved sly humor sneaks into the conversation when talking about the motion-capture suit he was forced to wear throughout the majority of the shoot.
"It's made of actual woven misery," he says. "Whatever material they've used, they've managed to make it the most heat-conducting substance known to man. I literally begged them to just put me in a non-breathable rubber unitard... It was like shooting an entire movie inside Alec Baldwin."
The article follows Ryan's progression from the Canadian Nickelodeon show "Fifteen" and the sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl" to cult-hit "Van Wilder" up through "Blade: Trinity" and "The Proposal" to the most recent "Buried" and "Green Lantern."
One of the most interesting things Ryan said about his early film career was the way that starring in "Van Wilder" made him, from there on out, become Van Wilder, and how much that affected him as a person. "I know it affected me more than I'm revealing," he said, "because I know that I went years without even saying the words 'Van Wilder.' Even now, when I say it, it's a bit of a big moment for me."
He also opened up about his family, and the up-and-down relationship he had with his discipline-heavy father. It was his father's diagnosis of Parkinson's disease that led Ryan to run the New York City Marathon two years ago. Ryan also admitted that, while he and Scarlett didn't adopt any children from Ghana, having his own family is something he is looking forward to.
"A few years down the road, having a family," he said. "That's years away at this point."
Are you surprised to discover that Ryan Reynolds is a very private person? Which of his projects are your favorites?