Ryan Reynolds Talks Holding Blake Lively Captive and "Grade-A Sh*t" Advice in Cannes
Ryan Reynolds's latest movie didn't just offer a challenge for the actor; it also presented one for his wife, Blake Lively. On Friday, at a press conference for The Captive at the Cannes Film Festival, Ryan explained that the drama didn't shoot under the most ideal of circumstances. "I dragged my wife from our honeymoon in Africa and landed her in Ontario, Canada, when it was -40 degrees," he said. "Ironically, she coped with it much better than I did." Blake and Ryan have been in the French Riviera for several days in the lead-up to The Captive's premiere, with Blake making several memorable appearances on the Cannes red carpet already. On Friday, it was Ryan's turn in the spotlight as he attended a photocall with his costars Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, and Mireille Enos.
The Captive tells the story of a child abduction, with Ryan and Mireille playing the tormented parents of the missing girl. Ryan said the movie hit close to home for him because his brother is a police officer in Canada who often works on similar cases. "My brother does this job," he said. "I've never really seen a script that examines it in this way." The film is receiving tepid-to-scathing reactions from critics at the festival, who have called the story "ludicrous" (Variety) and "cliched" (The Hollywood Reporter). Still, Ryan's performance as a grieving father has been consistently well-reviewed as a solid effort. The actor would likely credit director Atom Egoyan with contributing to his success; during the press conference, he repeatedly discussed the importance of working with a good director and also shared an example of one of the not-so-good ones he collaborated with. "I was with a director years ago who said, 'Don't blink.' I said, 'What do you mean? Can I give myself a break and blink every hour to lubricate my eyeballs?'" Ryan remembered, earning laughs from his costars and the journalists in attendance. "He said, 'It portrays vulnerability.' And I thought, 'That, right there, is grade-A sh*t direction.'"