By Magdalena Tsanis
Madrid, Mar 8 (EFE).- Coming off the back of last year’s release Free Guy, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds has teamed up with director Shawn Levy once again for The Adam Project, a sci-fi tale that pays homage to the Steven Spielberg golden years of the 1980s.
The movie provides a space for Reynolds to maximize one of his principal features, his sense of humor.
Growing up with three older brothers, Reynolds told Efe in an interview Tuesday that being witty became a survival skill or sorts.
“I was never going to get by with my muscles, I was going to get by with my wit to a certain degree. These guys were big scary imposing guys, so I think I fostered it a bit there and it became kind of a self-defense mechanism, it helped me get by in sticky situations,” he said.
The Adam Project, which hits Netflix this weekend, tells the story of Adam Reed, a time traveler from the year 2050 who sets out to rescue the woman he loves, Laura, played by Zoe Saldana, who mysteriously disappeared.
Adam accidentally lands in 2022 and has to team up with his 12-year-old self, played by Waker Scobell, to complete the mission in a movie that pays tribute to classic 1980s sci-fi.
“I loved that 80s Amblin (Entertainment), Spielberg-era movie-making; ET, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, all those films that meant so much to me as a kid.
“The thing that those movies did so well is they never pandered to children or adults, I remember sitting and watching those movies with my dad and both of us just being equally blown away.”
“It’s something that we certainly set out to do with The Adam Project is create a film that has enormous spectacle and true audience delight while at the same time it has an emotional spine to it and something that really punches you in the heart.”
Reynolds also used the occasion of the interview to discuss the humanitarian response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — he and his partner, actor Blake Lively, have pledged to match donations to aid efforts up to $1 million.
“We made the donation because I can’t even imagine what it’s like to move your entire family from your home, let alone within hours notice, so that was kind of a no-brainer.”EFE