How Ryan Reynolds went from Canadian soaps to Hollywood stardom

Whilst Ryan Reynolds is now one of the biggest names in modern cinema, it’s easy to forget that he’s had to fight against the odds to become such a big star.

The 40-year old Vancouver native was born to parents who worked in the food wholesale and retail trades, and when Reynolds dropped out of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, it was hard to see just where he would end up.

And even when Reynolds was given the chance to star as Billy Simpson in the Canadian teen soap, Hillside, it wasn’t massively clear that he would become one of the biggest stars of 21st century cinema.

Much of the 1990s was spent playing minor roles in television series like The X-Files and The Outer Limits. And although he appeared in an episode of Scrubs as late as 2003, it was clear that Hollywood was his true calling.

One of his earliest cinema successes was the gross-out comedy National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, but it was his roles in romantic comedies like Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe and The Proposal that showed that Reynolds had the good looks and the charisma necessary to bring in movie-going audiences.

So with Reynolds’ firmly entrenched as one of the cinema’s leading heart-throbs, it was curious to see how the star made an effort to become a player on the action movie scene.

Early appearances in comic book adaptations like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern showed that he could handle physically demanding action parts, but it was his starring role in the Deadpool movie that cemented his reputation as the ultimate action antihero.

This box office smash showed that Reynolds has a rare and natural comedy gift. And with the blog at Lucky Nugget Casino showing how he will be joined by John Brolin in the hugely anticipated sequel in 2018, it seems as though we can expect much bigger things to come from Reynolds.

But before we get to the dubious delights of Deadpool 2, we can look forward to The Hitman’s Bodyguard. This comes to our screens in August 2017 and will see Reynolds playing a protection agent opposite stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman.

Reynolds has proven to be remarkably consistent in his movie output. Although a few releases like the casino gambling movie Mississippi Grind and the animated flick Turbo have underperformed, its Reynolds ability to transfix movie audiences with some stellar acting performances that continues to make him one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.


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