Canadian superstar Ryan Reynolds is gearing up to lead the cast in Deadpool 3 alongside Australian actor Hugh Jackman. In a recent interview with ET Canada, Reynolds opened up on his struggles in trying to keep up with Jackman in terms of physicality.
Ryan Reynolds first gained attention for his work in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside in the early 90s. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Reynolds found his passion for acting early as a teenager. Following a string of comedy roles, Reynolds switched gears for the action movie Blade: Trinity (2004). He displayed his versatility with a stronger physique in the project. In 2009, Reynolds got signed to play the role of Wade Wilson/Weapon XI in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Following the film, Reynolds worked hard on developing a standalone Deadpool movie that did not rely on any other portrayal and instead was rooted in the comic book source material. He found immense success with the launch of Deadpool (2016), which crushed many box-office records and convinced the studio to turn the project into a franchise.
Hugh Jackman led the cast for the prequel X-men film and made headlines for his insane build. He continued to build on his physique to don the burly superhero in future installations. In 2013, Jackman left the fitness world stunned with his crazy ripped package in the film The Wolverine. After two further cameos, Jackman decided to step away from the demanding character with a final appearance in Logan (2017).
In 2018, Ryan Reynolds reprised the role of the anti-hero in Deadpool 2. Besides his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Reynolds starred in other films like 6 Underground (2019), Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021), and Red Notice (2021). He enlisted the help of bodybuilder Aaron Reed to play the role of his freakishly jacked alter-ego in Free Guy (2021). The hulking 6’7” mass monster gave fans a sneak peek at the role in Aug. 2021.
Earlier this year, Hugh Jackman opened up about how he got in superhero shape to play Wolverine. He declined ever using steroids to prepare for the role and credited his muscularity to an old-school diet of consuming lots of chicken.
The 54-year-old laid out a couple of fierce leg workout routines he utilized to get ready for Deadpool 3 two months ago. He performed a heavy set of squats before providing a look into his leg press workout. He followed up by showing off his ripped physique while crushing a grueling core workout last month.
Ryan Reynolds opens up on his struggles to keep up with Hugh Jackman for Deadpool 3
In a recent YouTube video, Ryan Reynolds talked about his preparations to get in shape with Hugh Jackman for Deadpool 3.
“I’m trying [to keep up with Hugh],” said Reynolds. “Hugh Jackman is a beast. He’s clearly obsessed with his own body so keeping up with someone who’s that diligent is going to be challenging but yeah it’s been fun. He and I are both really excited. We’ve wanted to do this for a decade so to have this opportunity now is weirdly perfect timing.”
As per IMDb, Deadpool 3 is currently in pre-production and is expected to hit the theaters on November 8, 2024. It will star Matthew Macfadyen, Ryan Reynolds, and Morena Baccarin. Shawn Levy is the director whereas Rob Liefeld, Wendy Molyneux, and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin serve as the writers.