Gerard Butler says he doesn’t really watch Ryan Reynolds’ movies. The Scottish actor known primarily for action films such as 300 is as of now doing press for his latest, Copshop, which released earlier this month. Reynolds, meanwhile, is riding high on the success of Free Guy, which received generally positive reviews and is so far in this year’s top-10 highest grossing films.
Notwithstanding, according to his interview with UNILAD, Butler seems improbable to acknowledge the similarity. The success of Reynolds’ Free Guy, in which the Canadian actor plays a NPC that becomes conscious of his existing in an open-world video game, has reignited some discussion around Butler’s 2009 movie Gamer, which sees him trapped inside a first-person shooter that allows players to control real death-column inmates. At the point when asked about this renewed attention, Butler discusses the film’s original lack of success before revealing that he actually doesn’t know what Free Guy is:
I was hoping it was of the time, that individuals would get it. I thought it was genius. It might have been executed slightly in an unexpected way, yet I really adored the commentary it was making on where the world was going, especially in gaming and sort of losing ourselves into that world, and technology and man bonding with machine. However, I didn’t feel individuals really got it at the time. It didn’t do amazing business. It has become a bit of a clique classic, however I didn’t know about this resurgence. I actually don’t have a clue what Free Guy is. […] Oh sh*t is it… I don’t watch Ryan Reynolds movies.
It’s unfortunate that UNILAD’s interviewer didn’t have time to dive into Butler’s aversion of Reynolds’ work, yet in any event, comparing Gamer with Free Guy provides some insight. In case Butler’s action films lean into the outrageous, they do as such in a way that embraces the class, while the appeal of Reynolds’ more fierce outings often comes from his character’s meta-joke. Despite some similarities in their career progression, they strike totally different tones as performers, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if fans of Butler’s work feel the same way about Reynolds’ movies as the Copshop star does.