Ryan Reynolds' Pokemon nerves

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2019
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds was nervous about joining the cast of 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' because of how popular the gaming franchise is

Ryan Reynolds was nervous about joining the cast of 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu'.

The 42-year-old actor voices the beloved Pokémon character Pikachu in the new movie and he admitted that the popularity of the gaming franchise left him worried about doing it justice.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "You're sort of grappling with this beast. There's a reason that Pokémon's been a worldwide cultural phenomenon for so long and people are so passionate about it. But it was a great story and it worked whether you had Pokémon in it or not."

And director Rob Letterman admitted he was also worried about getting the story right for the fans.

He said: "I'm nervous right now. I always am nervous. It's something that people care a lot about; that people grew up on around the world. We put a lot of care and love into making sure it was right. And we worked very closely with the original creators in Japan to make sure we got it right."

And Letterman knew Ryan was perfect for the role when he took a clip of the star from 'The Proposal' and placed his voice over an animated Pikachu.

He said: "Once I saw that clip, I was done. It's a really hard thing to do. It really narrows down who can play that character. We wanted somebody with a big personality who could come out of this adorable, little character. But they also had to have heart."

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • Japan / US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy
  • UK release: 10 May 2019

Tim (Smith) is a former Pokémon trainer who teams up with Pikachu (voiced by Reynolds) to solve a mysterious car accident which leaves his detective father presumed dead. Reynolds’ voice skills are incredible, you don’t need to know about the franchise to get what’s going on and it’s a quirky and lovingly crafted surreal…

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