With director Daniel Espinosa’s Life opening in theaters this weekend, a few days ago I sat down with Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal for a pretty crazy interview. Prior to walking in the room, I’d heard from other reporters that Reynolds and Gyllenhaal were in a great mood and having a lot of fun answering questions together, but you’d be lucky to get one straight answer. I thought everyone was exaggerating. They weren’t. As you can see in the player above, I tried to get them to answer questions about the movie, but that quickly goes off the rails. Saying that, I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as hard during an interview, and it’s pretty clear the two of them are close friends. Finally, something to know is every time I see Gyllenhaal I joke around that all I want to talk about is David Fincher’s Zodiac. Not only because Gyllenhaal is fantastic in the film, it’s because I think it’s a brilliant movie on every level. However, when I brought it up at the beginning of the interview for Life…let’s just say it led to a fun exchange.
If you’re not familiar with the sci-fi thriller Life, it also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya Ariyon Bakare, and Hiroyuki Sanada and revolves around the six-member crew of the International Space Station as they come into contact with the very first evidence of biological life on Mars: a small, single-celled organism. As they begin to research the specimen, however, this “life” proves far more dangerous than they could have ever imagined. Life was written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and produced by Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn.
Here’s the official synopsis for Life:
Columbia Pictures invites you and a guest to the upcoming promotional screening of LIFE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. In the intense Sci-Fi thriller, the mission of a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.