By Drew Mackie
Ryan Reynolds has some bright lights on the horizon, with the claustrophobic thriller "Buried" hitting theaters on September 24 and two major superhero flicks — "Green Lantern" and "Deadpool" — in 2011 and 2012. Reynolds, who graces the cover of the October issue of GQ, opened up to the magazine about his marriage to Scarlett Johansson, the difficulties in leading a private life and the long road between "Van Wilder" and stardom.
On his family's reaction to him becoming an actor:
"My family is as far from a stage family as you could ever possibly find. Even if my father wasn't speaking to me, he would never, ever miss a baseball game. Even if he was upset with me for a month at a time over some trivial bulls–t, I would still see him standing in his trench coat over there at my football games in the rain. But the acting world, that whole stuff was just so foreign to him. He would never come to that stuff."
On how things have changed since marrying someone famous:
"Things change when you get married in general. But in terms of being a couple that's in a public situation and speculated about and all that nonsense, it's changed a little bit. I'm a little more guarded, I think. I'm just a little bit more wary of having my relationship turning into a soap opera. I've just unilaterally not addressed it. That's kind of been the fail-safe for me."
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On being known as "Van Wilder" for years after the movie came out:
"It made me the party guy. I would walk into a bar and people would start lining up the shots. You could sum up my career at that point as a free shot at a bar. I know it affected me more than I'm revealing, because I know I went years without even saying the worlds 'Van Wilder.' Even now, when I say it, it's a bit of a stretch for me."
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On shooting the movie "Buried":
"I'll never, ever in my life complain on a set again after being on that set. Sixteen, seventeen days of doing that … It was such a state of emotional distress."
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