Ryan Reynolds admits singing and dancing in new holiday musical ‘Spirited’ was ‘obscenely challenging and scary’

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell 'Spirited' (Apple+)

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in ‘Spirited’ (Photo: Apple+)

Make no mistake, the new holiday comedy Excited A complete musical program. That means its stars Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer — actors who aren’t usually associated with (or at all experienced with) the genre — are in full song-and-dance mode.

For Reynolds, 46, it was scary at times dead Pool Actor and father of three daughters.

“Taking on something that’s wildly challenging and scary is incredibly exciting,” Reynolds tells Yahoo Entertainment. “I don’t think I would have done this 10 to 15 years ago, or even five years ago, necessarily. I think I’m at a point in my life where I’m more relaxed with myself about not getting better right away. It’s very hard to get enough of something unless you’re willing to be terrible first.

“That’s something I always tell my kids: never waste your mistakes, because your mistakes teach you how to be better than something. So yeah, I was kind of at a point in my life where I was willing to go completely out of my depth in almost every matter. I mean, you give me a fight sequence and I learn it backwards and forwards in record time. But a dance number is an entirely different animal and beast. And I was excited to try something a little more dangerous and out of my league.

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The latest film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol Reynolds stars as Clint Briggs, Ferrell’s challenge-loving avatar of an “irredeemable” PR shark who does nothing but hype the Christmas present. However, Briggs manages to turn the tables on the present, forcing the ghost to examine his own existence in the afterlife, featuring original music from the film directed by Sean Anders. La La Land and The greatest showman Hitters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

talking about The greatest showmanReynolds refuses Excited It’s his attempt to keep up with longtime friend/fake nemesis Hugh Jackman, the musical man Reynolds recently signed up for. Deadpool 3 Very boastful.

“Not remotely,” laughs Reynolds. “Singing and dancing are in the man’s DNA. It is not mine.”

Reynolds says he was comforted by his partnership with Ferrell as they both ventured into a new genre together. (Both appeared briefly in the 1999 comedy Dick, spirited (This marks the first time they have shared the screen together.)

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“He and I got to do this together in a way that neither of us had ever put into a full musical before,” says Reynolds. “We both had elements in movies where we might sing for a second or something like that, but not a musical. So for both of us, we were a little out of our depth. So I had a brother in the process. I had someone by my side who I could sympathize with [with] Collaboration.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell attend Apple Original Films

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 probably helps that Ferrell has a contemporary Christmas classic under his belt with 2003. Elf Maybe not.

“Those are some big shoes to jump in,” says Reynolds. “It’s a movie my kids and my whole family watch every Christmas.”

Elf is a seemingly stone-cold reminder that there are only two kinds of Christmas movies. Becoming a classic, watched or streamed by the masses every holiday season. Or simply forgotten.

“You never know,” says Reynolds. “I mean, nobody knows. The funny thing is, I don’t think you can really judge a great movie or something that people will re-watch years later. There are movies that we all know and love that didn’t necessarily work for that at the time. I mean, you can go back a long way The Wizard of Oz To think about it. Can go as far It’s a wonderful life. Films that didn’t land dramatically or puncture the zeitgeist in a way that people might want, but then stood the test of time again and again.

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“One thing I know about the entertainment industry at 46 years of doing this for 30 years is, I know nothing. You don’t know anything. I am sure of that too.”

Despite the “obscenely challenging and scary” experience of channeling his inner Fred Astaire (or Hugh Jackman) in a musical for the first time, Reynolds is also certain that he actually enjoyed it in the end.

“I don’t pretend to be the most talented person on earth, but God I loved singing and dancing,” Reynolds says. “I loved every second of it. It was actually a lot of fun, especially when it went right. It was a feeling like no other. “

Excited Now in select theaters and It will stream globally on Apple+ from November 18.


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