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Watch: From Foolproof to Deadpool — the essential Ryan Reynolds


According to imdb.com, Ryan Reynolds has 89 acting credits (including upcoming projects), stretching back to 1991, when the then-teenager appeared in the Nickelodeon TV show Hillside (a.k.a. Fifteen, and available on Amazon Prime). Here are 10 more recent performances by Reynolds.

Foolproof (2003) – In this bizarre Canadian experiment to craft a U.S.-style thriller, Reynolds stars as a man who plans theoretical heists and then is forced to commit a real one. In August, Reynolds set up a short-lived service, MintMobile+, that streamed Foolproof – and nothing else. “Binge over 80 minutes of Ryan Reynolds,” it boasted. (Amazon Prime)

Harold and Kumar (2004) – Billed only as “Male Nurse,” Reynolds steals his single scene in which he drags an unsuspecting Harold and Kumar into an operating room, then falls for Kal Penn’s character – all in two minutes flat. (Netflix, Crave)

The Proposal (2009) – Reynolds star opposite Sandra Bullock in this rom-com about a businesswoman facing deportation (to Canada!) who forces her assistant to marry her. Do they fall in love? It’s a rom-com, isn’t it? (Apple/iTunes)

Buried (2010) – In this high-concept thriller, Reynolds plays a U.S. truck driver in Iraq, kidnapped and entombed in a coffin in an unknown location with only a lighter and a cellphone. (Apple/iTunes)

Green Lantern (2011) – A rare critical bomb for Reynolds, but I liked his turn as Hal Jordan, a.k.a. Green Lantern. Just don’t hold out for a sequel to this superhero movie, unless it’s of the tongue-in-cheek variety. (Apple/iTunes)

The Change-Up (2011) – This body-swap comedy finds family man Dave (Jason Bateman) and ladies man Mitch (Reynolds) switching places after peeing in the same fountain. It could happen. (Apple/iTunes)

Mississippi Grind (2015) – Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn play a couple of hard-luck gamblers traveling from Iowa to New Orleans, hitting every racetrack, greyhound match, poker game, pool hall and casino on the way. (Amazon Prime, Hoopla)

La La Land (2016) – Reynolds and Emma Stone star in this jazz-infused – psych! La La Land stars fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling, whose vague similarity in name and appearance has caused numerous wacky mix-ups. (Netflix if you’re still interested)

Life (2017) – This horror film fails in the end, but the premise of a sample of Martian soil stopping off at the International Space Station to prevent terrestrial contamination is strong science. And as astronaut Rory Adams, Reynolds commits. (Netflix)

Deadpool / Deadpool 2 (2016/2018) – Reynolds’ biggest claim to fame, the two R-rated movies have earned more than $1.5-billion on a combined budget of just $170-million. And in a crafty move, the studio re-released the second movie in a PG-13 version featuring Fred Savage hearing the story Princess Bride style. (Apple/iTunes)

Deadpool 3 is in the works. Reynolds is a voice in The Croods 2 and plays a self-aware video game character next year in Free Guy. And with in-development projects including a new Christmas Carol, a new Clue and the previously Untitled Netflix Time Travel movie (now The Adam Project), you can bet there’s plenty more of Reynolds still to come.

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