By Josh Reilly and George Bate
Ryan Reynolds is on a hot streak at the moment, following up Free Guy, a surprisingly well received film that also succeeded at the box office, with The Adam Project for Netflix. Reynolds teamed with director Shawn Levy for both of these projects, and the two are set to continue their successful relationship with the upcoming Deadpool 3.
In recent years, countless stars have made the switch to the director’s chair, with Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Zoë Kravitz, and Ben Affleck some prime examples of this. Given Reynolds’ immense fame and popularity, fans have wondered if he would be the next star to helm a project. Reynolds directly addressed this in a recent interview with Collider, saying:
“It genuinely doesn’t [interest me]. Storytelling interests me in every way, shape, and form – producing interests me in every way, shape, and form. Same with performing, and I get to work with guys like Shawn Levy. I don’t know why I would try to think I can do that on my own, that would be idiotic. If I could direct something with Shawn Levy down the road someday, that would be nice.”
In typical Ryan Reynolds fashion, the actor humbly plays down his own talents and praises his regular collaborator. He then went on to say that he was thankful for his career so far:
“But, no, I love the position I’m in – I love that I get to work with the folks I get to work with. I also just really feel like, why would I deprive myself of that amazing collaborator? I just think that’s so important in everything that I do. I don’t ever pretend to be a person who’s just unilaterally deciding this or that; I love the creative process of having someone to bounce something off of. I love the creative process of trial and error, of ripping something apart and rebuilding it again – that’s the thing that I’m most interested in, and I love doing that with someone.”
For now, it seems Reynolds isn’t interested in directing, but this might change in the future.
The Adam Project is now streaming on Netflix.