Ryan Reynolds says Hugh Jackman’s attempts to teach him how to dance backfired
” I was like, “I don’t hear any beats, man.” Please help me with something real! ‘”
In hindsight Ryan Reynolds ought to have known better than asking the Greatest Showman for performance tips.
“It comes so naturally to Hugh that, in a weird way, his helping was not helping,” Reynolds said in an interview with Big Issue. He said, “Just make sure that you’re listening carefully to those beats and count-offs.” And I was like, “I don’t hear those beats, man.” Help me with something real! ‘”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 28: Hugh Jackman (L) and Ryan Reynolds attend The Adam Project World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on February 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix)
Hugh Jackman’s attempts to reach Ryan Reynolds how to dance for his holiday film ‘Spirited’ totally backfired.
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The best lesson Jackman taught him didn’t actually take place on the dance floor, but rather over a cup of coffee. Reynolds said that Jackman reminded him of something that is essential with all things in the arts. He said, “Just enjoy it. If you enjoy it, we’ll also enjoy it. ‘”
He said, “That was something I always reminded myself. Even though I felt out of my depth almost every day, I always reminded myself that this was an opportunity of a lifetime. It extended beyond the project to other areas of my life. That was some pretty good advice. ”
Reynolds is no stranger to learning choreography — just check out any of his gleefully gruesome Deadpool fight scenes — but the actor maintains that dance routines were an entirely different kind of evil.
“Training for a superhero movie is something I’ve been doing since I was 20, and I’m 46 now,” he said. “It is ingrained in me to do a fight sequence. They are easy to remember. I can make a mistake, and turn it to my advantage at the moment. While dancing is a sport, if I make a mistake, I can completely ruin it. “
In a way, Reynolds needed to get out of his comfort zone with the Apple TV film. “The greatest gift of getting older is that you get more comfortable with sucking at things,” he said. “The more I feel comfortable sucking at something, I get better at it.” It becomes a law that diminishes returns if I look at it through the lens of perfection. You can be bad at something if you are willing to accept it. This gives you permission to be better at it.
Reynolds added, “[In Spirited], I wasn’t trying to be the best singer on the planet. I was trying to be the greatest singer I could be. That’s all. That’s all I have. I don’t have much control over anything else. “
Based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol , the movie portrays Clint Briggs as an “unredeemable”, curmudgeon. He is visited by the Ghost at Christmas Present (Ferrell), and forced to sing and dance through an unforgettable, joyful journey.
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