Ryan Reynolds was desperate for Free Guy cinema release

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 July 2021
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds says 'Free Guy' was repeatedly delayed so audiences could enjoy the "communal experience" of watching the film in the cinema

Ryan Reynolds wanted audiences to enjoy the "communal experience" of cinema when watching 'Free Guy'.

The 44-year-old actor plays the lead role in the new sci-fi action comedy flick, which is finally set for release next month after being delayed numerous times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ryan hopes the masses can take in the movie.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, he said: "I know how different a movie is when you watch it on a big screen with 100 other people, or 200, or 300, or 400, or 500 other people. It's like nothing else.

"That communal experience is so important to people. And I know coming out of this crazy 2020 and certainly part of 2021 – I, for one, am craving that communal experience again."

The 'Deadpool' star accepts that it was a "gamble" to keep delaying the film – which also stars Jodie Comer and Taika Waititi – but noted how the entire industry was affected by the global health crisis.

Ryan said: "Did it feel a gamble to wait? Yeah. But every single movie out there, big or small, was shifting in some way. Yeah, certainly, I worried about that.

"But also, at a certain point, you're like, 'I just want people to see the movie.' The movie makes you feel good.

"I want people to experience that, because it's been a crazy f***ing half-decade. Let's have some fun. Let's enjoy ourselves!"

Ryan believes that Shawn Levy's new flick, which tells the story of a man who finds out that he is a non-playable character in a video game, has elements of some of his favourite childhood films such as 'Back To The Future'.

He said: "I felt like the movie was just a fastball of joy. I wanted to feel something like I felt when I watched 'Back To The Future' as a kid. And it felt like it had those Amblin tones infused into it, which I was weaned on.

"I felt like this touched on something optimistic. It was funny and fun, and didn't leave me feeling cynical in any way."

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Free Guy

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Written by: Matt Lieberman
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi
  • UK release: 13 August 2021

Guy (Reynolds) is a bank teller who discovers that he's an NPC in a video game.