By Jack Rico
R.I.P.D is the brand new sci-fi adventure Men In Black wanna be movie that is based on the graphic novel of the same name. It stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, Flight Plan, The Time Traveler’s Wife). For those of you who don’t know much about the premise, it centers around a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
The two stars were in New York City this week and I had a chance to have an interview with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff bridges that I then boiled it down to the 3 best answers they were able to give.
ShowBizCafe (SBC): R.I.P.D isn’t the kind of movie you do Jeff. Why did you want to do this one?
Jeff Bridges: I like bizarre movies and westerns and this one kind of fit the bill. Ones that have a surprising element. Here the filmmakers are kind of ahead of you and you don’t know what’s going to happen and the premise of this was so bizarre, I thought, yeah this could be interesting.
SBC: Ryan, did you do your own stunts and were there any injuries you can fill us in on?
Ryan Reynolds: Movies like this you have to some degree of toughness, but none of the stunts were half as bad as my last movie Safe House. My neck was killing after the movie and I went on like this for 6 to 7 months and finally went to get an x-ray and the doctor laughed and said, “you broke your neck!” I said, “What!?” My C-5 and 6 were broken from the stunts. So now I’m a little more inclined to let the stunt guy do it.
SBC: Jeff, you’re playing a similar cowboy character again from the sensational True Grit. Where do you get the inspiration to create this archetype?
Jeff Bridges: What comes to mind is my dad Lloyd Bridges who was in a lot of great westerns, High Noon was one of them, but I remember as a kid and him coming home in a cowboy hat and boots and I loved getting them on. So whenever I get a chance to play a cowboy like Wild Bill Hicock [Wild Bill]… westerns are such an amazing part of the history of our country. It only existed for a very short time, but some wild characters came out of that and its great to play those guys. I love that.
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