Ryan Reynolds has landed at the top of GQ’s 2016 Men Of The Year list alongside Usain Bolt and Warren Beatty.
The 40-year-old Vancouver native opens up to the magazine about knowing that precise moment when he fell hard for wife Blake Lively.
“We were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that’s open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, ‘Want to dance?’ No one was in there, so it was just totally empty,” he recalls. “And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, it was like, Oh, I think I just crossed a line. And then I walked her home.”
“And, uh, you know, I don’t really need to go into what happened after that,” he adds, refusing to name the song that got them dancing.
Reynolds had his fanboy dreams come true in 2016 with his role as the fast-talking crude mercenary in “Deadpool”. Reynolds had long been obsessed with the character, trying for 11 years to get it to the big screen, so the overwhelming critical and fan success of the film has been a gratifying experience for him.
“I was banging the loudest drum for ‘Deadpool’. I wasn’t just trying to open it; I was trying to make a cultural phenomenon,” Reynolds says. He did in fact manage to make it not only a huge phenomenon but a box office smash that has studio execs green-lighting a sequel.
“When the Thursday midnight numbers were so excessive that I just went, ‘Whoa.’ We made our production budget back on Friday. There’s a certain vindication that comes with that, especially because the studio—granted, under different regimes—for years just kept telling us to go f*** ourselves sterile,” he tells GQ.
Reynolds, who co-wrote the script for “Deadpool 2”, is totally ingrained in the character, blurring the lines between the actor’s real persona and that of Deadpool.
“It is genuinely like an alter ego I can turn on and off,” he concludes.
GQ‘s Men Of The Year issue hits newsstands November 22.