Why the hell isn't Ryan Reynolds a movie star?
A few years ago, Reynolds, one of the actors with the greatest shot at modern movie stardom, had a series of awful flops. His animated safe bet, Turbo, underwhelmed. The Men in Black-ish R.I.P.D. was an unmitigated disaster. There was that whole Green Lantern debacle. Afterward, he didn’t have any mainstream projects on the horizon. Audiences politely said, “No, thanks,” to an actor who juggled romantic comedies and action roles. Luckily, Reynolds has simultaneously emerged from the slump, and upended that new status quo, with the surprise superhero success, Deadpool. Reynolds exploited a pre-existing character (who he happens to be perfect for), and put his own spin on it. By obscuring his face, putting a character ahead of his own stardom, the actor finally found success. Go figure.