Ryan Reynolds: “I Don’t Know if I Can Watch Myself In This Film”
The ‘Buried’ star speaks candidly about the perils of being buried alive and his starlet wife, Scarlett Johansson.
You can’t blame Ryan Reynolds for feeling a little woozy. He spent 17 days in a closed coffin to film a movie called Buried that’s not for
the faint of heart. “I didn’t think anyone would ever see this film,”
he says of the film festival hit that had audiences gasping at Sundance
and then in Toronto. “When I took the role, it felt indulgent to me. It
was a one-man show,” says the actor best known for The Proposal and the upcoming Green Lantern.
In Buried, he plays Paul Conroy, a father and husband with $700 in
his bank account. He accepts a job driving a truck in Iraq for the
triple pay. One day, he’s yanked off the streets during the ambush and Iraqi kidnappers hold him for $1 million ransom. They bury him alive in a thick wood coffin placed underground. If they don’t get their money, they will never dig him up and he will die.
“All I had in that coffin was a Zippo lighter and a cell phone,”
Reynolds says. “It was 17 days that I will never forget.”
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