If you were given the opportunity to live forever, would you take it? Ryan Reynolds himself wouldn’t, but his character in Tarsem Singh’s Self/less does. Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) is a billionaire industrialist. His mind is sharp, but his body is withering away from cancer. However, all hope isn’t lost thanks to a man named Albright (Matthew Goode). He’s developed a procedure called “shedding” that transfers one person’s consciousness into another body, presumably a lab-grown empty vessel. Damian agrees to give it a go and wakes up a younger, healthy man (Reynolds).
With Self/less making its way into theaters on July 10th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Reynolds to discuss his experience making the film. He talked about working with Singh as an actor’s director, the real science behind the concept, bringing Deadpool to San Diego Comic-Con, the on-set job he’d like to have other than acting and more. You can check it all out in the video interview below.
- Working with Tarsem Singh as an actor’s director.
- On being especially hard on himself while shooting.
- On the real science behind shedding and why someone would ever want to do it.
- Would Reynolds try shedding given the opportunity?
- On the dog/fish and bird/cat viral videos.
- On bringing Deadpool to Comic-Con.
- If he had to have any on-set job besides acting, what would he choose?
- Why he wouldn’t want to be a caterer.