Ryan Reynolds said he asked Hugh Jackman to teach him to dance and sing for Spirited, but the results weren’t what he hoped.
Ryan Reynolds he confessed to having asked for the help of Hugh Jackmancurrently on Broadway with The Music Manto improve his performance, as a dancer and singer in Spirited – Christmas magichis new Christmas musical with Will Ferrell. Unfortunately, the results were not what we had hoped for.
“It’s so natural to Hugh that, in a strange way, his help hasn’t helped“, Ryan Reynolds told in an interview with Big Issue. “He’d tell me, ‘Just make sure you listen to those counts and beats.’ And I was like, ‘I can’t hear the beats, man. Help me with something real here!’“.
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The best lesson Hugh Jackman taught him, said the Deadpool actor, came not on the dance floor, but over a cup of coffee. “It reminded me of something so vital with just about everything you’re doing in the arts“, Reynolds said again. “He said, ‘Just remember to have fun, because if you have fun, we’ll have fun.‘”
“It was something I constantly reminded myself ofcontinued the actor.Even when I felt out of place, which happened almost every day, I kept reminding myself that this is the opportunity of a lifetime. And it spilled over into other aspects of my life as well. So that was good advice“.
Reynolds then talked about the difference between the movements to be done in a fight scene, and the difficulties of memorizing a choreography. “Training for a superhero movie is something I’ve been doing since I was 20 and now I’m 46”, declared the actor. ”Doing a fight sequence is my thing. I memorize them very quickly. I can make a mistake and use that mistake to my advantage in that moment. While dancing, if I make a mistake, I completely fall apart.”
Finally, the actor added: “[In Spirited]I wasn’t trying to be the best singer on the planet. I was trying to be the best singer I could be. And this is all. And that’s all I can do. I don’t really control much else.”
Spirited Christmas is now available to stream on Apple TV+. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman will be reunited on screen in the third installment of Deadpool, which hits theaters on November 8, 2024.