Ryan Reynolds admits dancing and singing to new holiday musical “Spirited” was “hard and outrageously scary”

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in Spirited (Image: Apple+)

Make no mistake, the new holiday comedy Lusty It is a complete musical. That means its stars, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and Octavia Spencer — not actors typically associated with (or at all experienced with) the genre — are in full song-and-dance mode.

And that was terrifying at times for Reynolds, who is 46 dead list Actor and father of three daughters.

“It was incredibly exciting to take on something that was challenging and obscenely scary,” Reynolds told Yahoo Entertainment. “And I don’t think I would have done this 10 or 15 years ago, or even five years ago, necessarily. I think I’m at a place in my life where I’m a little more lenient on myself about not being good at something right away. It’s very hard to get as much.” Even enough at something unless you’re willing to be bad at first.

“That’s something I always say to my kids: Never waste your mistakes because your mistakes are kind of teaching you how to be better at something. So yeah, I was somewhere in my life that I was willing to get into a situation where I felt totally and completely out of my depth in every way.” “Almost. I mean, you give me a fight sequence and I’ll learn it backwards and forwards in almost record time. But the dance number is just a whole different animal and beast. And I was excited to try something a little terrifying and out of my league.”

The latest film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ original 1843 novel Christmas carol It stars Reynolds as Clint Briggs, a manipulative PR shark with “unredeemable” status who does nothing more than spook Ferrell’s defiant-loving Ghost of a Christmas Gift. However, Briggs manages to turn the tables on the present, forcing the ghost to examine his existence in the afterlife in the film directed by Sean Anders, which features original music by La La Land And the The greatest showman Hit Makers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Talking about The greatest showmanReynolds denies Lusty is his attempt to keep up with the same music man, old friend/fake enemy Hugh Jackman, whom Reynolds had recently recruited. Deadpool 3 Lots of fanfare.

“Not even remotely,” Reynolds laughs. “Singing and dancing is part of this guy’s DNA. It’s not in mine.”

Reynolds says he was relieved to partner with Ferrell, as they are both diving into a new genre together. (While the couple appeared briefly in the 1999 comedy Dick, peppy It marks the first time they’ve shared a screen together.)

“We did this together in a way we’ve never really gone into a full-blown musical before,” says Reynolds. “We both have elements in movies where we might sing for a second or do something like that, but not a musical. So for both of us, we were a little out of our depth. So I had a buddy in the process. I had someone on my side that I could go along with.” [with] together.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 7: Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell attend the Apple Original Film's premiere

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell attend the New York premiere of “Spirited” at Lincoln Center on November 7, 2022. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images,)

It may have helped that Ferrell already had a bona fide contemporary Christmas classic under his belt in 2003 dwarf. It may not have happened.

“These are some great shoes to jump into,” says Reynolds. “This is a movie that my kids and my whole family watch every Christmas.”

dwarf is a very cold reminder that, in the end, there seem to be only two kinds of Christmas movies. Those that have become classics are a must-see or broadcast every holiday season by audiences. Or those that are simply forgotten.

“You don’t know,” Reynolds says. “I mean, nobody knows. The funny thing is, I guess you can’t judge a great movie or something people come back to until years later. There are movies we all know and love and are obsessed with at the time that didn’t necessarily work. I mean, you can go way back in time.” The Wizard of Oz to think about it. You can go back as far It’s a wonderful life. Movies that didn’t land theatrically or punch in the zeitgeist in a way people might want them to, but then have stood the test of time time and time again.

“One of the things I know about the entertainment industry at the age of 46 after doing it for 30 years is that I don’t know anything. You just don’t know anything. And that’s something I’m sure of.”

Reynolds is also sure that despite the “terrifying and obscenely challenging” experience of directing Fred Astaire (or Hugh Jackman) in a musical for the first time, he really enjoyed it in the end.

“I don’t pretend to be the best on earth, but God I love to sing and dance,” says Reynolds. “I loved every second of it. It was really a lot of fun, especially when it went so well. It was a feeling like no other.”

Lusty It is now playing in select theaters and It will stream globally on Apple+ starting November 18th.

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