Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

At times it’s hard to separate Ryan Reynolds the actor from his larger-than-life screen persona as Deadpool. 

He posts things from his own social media accounts that seem to be in the voice of his character:

Shows up at his personal friends’ homes in full costume:

And is a wise-cracking fool on Twitter, just like Deadpool is in every screen appearance:

In a new interview with the New York Times, Reynolds admits this isn’t an accident. He explains he has anxiety, and has dealt with it in a variety of ways.

“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety,” he explains. “Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”

Being the face of a huge Marvel movie franchise has exacerbated it at times, especially because his turn as Green Lantern tanked at the box office.

“When there’s built-in expectation, your brain always processes that as danger,” he said.

So, how does he deal? Reynolds admits that there was a time in his twenties when he dealt with his anxiety by partying.

“I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way,” he said. Reynolds turned away from self-medicating after losing friends to overdoses, though he still was wrecked with anxiety at times.

Being in the spotlight means encountering anxiety triggers all the time, from interviews to appearance on TV, plus all the big budget shoot days. Reynolds claims he meditates, usually with the help of an app. But he also claims to do a lot of his interviews in character as Deadpool, though the people interviewing him may not realize it.

“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he said. “That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

It’s great that Reynolds is talking about a common problem for people that often goes overlooked or untreated, though few people can lean as heavily on actually being Deadpool for relief. But the character means a lot to a lot of people.

Reynolds has brought his Deadpool persona to special events for kids, and invited Make-A-Wish participants to set so they could meet their hero.

He’s also visited hospitals as Deadpool with fellow Avenger, Chris Pratt:

Ryan Reynolds has super powers, and he’s willing to share them on screen and in real life.

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Ryan Reynolds Showed Up At Hugh Jackman's Hotel Room Dressed As Deadpool

Celebrity friendships have their ups and downs just like with everyone else.

For instance, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds. The two have been buds since Reynolds appeared in Wolverine: Origins. Reynolds played the character he is most famous for now—Deadpool.

Very unfortunately, Deadpool looked like this in that film:

But he has since recovered.

Jackman and Reynolds have known each other long enough for Reynolds to troll Jackman on Twitter, like he did over this lovely anniversary message from Jackman to his wife:

But Reynolds trolls all his celebrity pals:

Even his famous wife, Blake Lively:

You gotta learn to deal with Ryan Reynolds when he lives in your house.

Speaking of which, Reynolds did somehow end up in Jackman’s house, or what looks like a hotel room. The two seem to be recording some sort of birthday message, but it goes south when it’s revealed Deadpool is laying around on Jackman’s bed:

Jackman jokes in the caption that Reynolds is the “least greatest showman,” referring to his movie The Greatest Showman, starring himself. As the greatest showman, of course.

Meanwhile, Deadpool is singing in a blatant mockery of Jackman’s musical career! These two get each other.

And they get their fans, who absolutely love it:

Even…Bear Grylls??

Please keep making Ryan Reynolds get dressed up as Deadpool for Twitter videos. It’s what the world needs.

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Ryan Reynolds Told Off Someone Who Doesn't Like Him Visiting Kids With Cancer As Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds is the Internet’s sweetheart, but usually because he is a potty-mouth prankster. We all like a handsome rogue with a talent for social media.

That fits in with his character Deadpool, who he promotes in ways that some might argue are inappropriate for children.

But kids are some of his biggest fans!

On Monday, Reynolds posted photos of kids from the Make A Wish Foundation who came to visit him on set for Deadpool 2. These are kids battling life threatening illnesses, who likely look up to Deadpool because he’s sassy and a fighter and also has two very cool katana swords. 

It looks like Reynolds and the crew gave them a memorable time:

Unfortunately, we always get some haters in the comments.

On his photo, Reynold’s wrote:

“One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set. Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

And then down in the comments someone responded to the lovely gesture by writing, “Guys [D]eadpool is [an] R rated movie and those kids are watching it…I think something is wrong here.” They also included an angry emoji face, if you weren’t sure how they felt about it.

But our Insta-Hero didn’t take it lying down.

“Yup,” Reynolds responded, “Deadpool is Rated R. If my kid went through a fraction of the sh*t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”

Don’t go up against Deadpool. 

Or Ryan Reynolds. Like, look at him:

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