Ryan Reynolds has played a variety of roles in his career, but it is safe to say the one fans remember him most for is Marvel's fourth-wall-breaking, self-referential anti-hero Deadpool. And now, perhaps by accident, Reynolds has carried over Deadpool's unique practice of making meta-references to the fictional nature of his own stories into his new Netflix film 6 Underground, thanks to a bizarre but hilarious cameo by his own self.
It all began months ago in September, while the shoot for the film was still going on. Ryan Reynolds decided to make a vlog about his experience working on 6 Underground, a film which boasts of having explosions extraordinaire Michael Bay in the director's chair. In the video, Reynolds can be seen leaning against a wall in Paris commenting on the peaceful stillness that is the best part of being on a Michael Bay set.
The stillness is broken in a spectacular fashion as explosions and a car chase become evident in the background, which the actor pretends to not be aware of while continuing to remark on the relaxing atmosphere. The video was a hilarious self-aware wink at the nature of the film that Reynolds had signed on for. That would have been the end of the gag, if the actual movie had not released and revealed that another set of cameras had been rolling while Reynolds had been making his vlog.
In the movie, we see a car chase through the streets of Paris that uses vehicles identical to the one being blasted apart in the background of Reynold's vlog. Not only that, but we also see a figure in the far distance, leaning against a building wall with his back turned to the camera, showing no reaction to the destruction unfolding behind him.
That's right. In the part of the movie where Reynold's character is blasting through the streets of Paris in full action mode, Reynolds the actor cameos in the background, making a vlog about making the film. It is a meta cameo with so many fourth-wall-breaks even Deadpool would be hard-pressed to match up to it, and it adds a new layer of hilarity to 6 Underground.
The only question is was the whole thing an unwitting accident, or was this a deliberate stunt on Reynold's part, with or without the knowledge of the rest of the crew? After all, even those who would not normally watch the movie would now be more interested in tuning in to catch the cameo. And the news of the cameo should keep the movie in the public's consciousness just a little bit longer, which is what viral stunts such as these are designed to do.
On its own, 6 Underground is a straight-up action thriller, where Ryan Reynolds plays the role of a mysterious billionaire who fakes his own death in order to form a secret, underground cabal of assassins to take on the world's most powerful criminals and terrorists. This story originated at BGR.com
Free Guy, the film in which Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC living in a violent video game world, was among the many movies that Disney shuffled around on the release calendar today due to the coronavirus pandemic. The movie, which was initially supposed to arrive this July, will now hit theaters on December 11, 2020. To make that delay a little more bearable, Reynolds shared a clip from the film on his YouTube page of his character sitting inside his apartment as the outside world goes absolutely insane around him. #RelatableAF
Free Guy Clip
In his caption to the video, Reynolds wrote:
Free Guy is moving to Dec. 11. Here’s a clip that’s weirdly appropriate. We cut it a while ago while there was still a Fox and before it was just 20th Century Pictures and couldn’t finish it so ignore the watermarks. Thanks to Aspect for cutting it.
Seems like it could be the opening scene of the movie, since it does a good job of setting the stage and painting a grim picture of the insane world that this character is living in. I’m probably one of the few people who weren’t super impressed by the first trailer that came out, but I enjoyed this clip, so I’m hoping that I’ll dig the movie when it’s eventually released and that the construction of the trailer below isn’t fully representative of the final product.
Shawn Levy Real Steel, Stranger Things, Night at the Museum directs, marking his first feature directing gig in six years. The story is from Matt Lieberman The Christmas Chronicles, Scoob!, and Lieberman wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn Ready Player One. Reynolds stars alongside Jodie Comer Killing Eve, Joe Keery Stranger Things, Lil Rel Howery Get Out, Utkarsh Ambudkar he did that bizarre recap rap at this year’s Oscars, which feels like it happened several lifetimes ago, and Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok.
Here’s the official description which is slightly outdated, since it’s still described as a “Fox” movie instead of 20th Century Studios:
In Twentieth Century Fox’s epic adventure-comedy “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
Free Guy now hopes to hit theaters on December 11, 2020.
On the January 22, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
At The Water Cooler:
What we’ve been Doing: Peter spent 3 days at Disneyland last week, covering the Rise of the Resistance press event, experiencing the opening day with friends, and covering the Lunar New Year food festival at Disney California Adventure. Brad had his make-up done by his girlfriend. Hoai-Tran is very stoked about her animation-themed gallery wall she finally started hanging up. Ben saw the Frozen musical. Chris is trying not to freak out about flying to Sundance. What we’ve been Watching: Chris and Ben watched Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Peter saw Little Women and Brittany Runs a Marathon. Brad watched Hustlers, Pain & Glory, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Hoai-Tran watched Dolittle, The Gentlemen, Weathering With You, Transit, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Delicatessen, and binged The Witcher and The Circle. Ben watched 6 Underground, Force Majeure, The African Queen, Homecoming, The Outsider, and started rewatching Breaking Bad. Chris saw Bad Boys for Life and Ted Bundy: Falling For a Killer. What we’ve been Eating: Brad tried Hershey’s Kisses and Jolly Ranchers cereal, Mountain Dew Zero Sugar, Chocolate Marshmallow and Caramel Coconut Oreos. Peter also had these What we’ve been Playing: Ben finished the most recent season of The Secret History of Hollywood podcast.
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