Monday 5 December 2016

'Laughter serves you in dark moments' - Ryan Reynolds reveals humour helped him deal with father's death

Published 27/01/2016 | 08:40

Ryan Reynolds could be returning as X-Men character Deadpool (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Ryan Reynolds could be returning as X-Men character Deadpool (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Actor Ryan Reynolds would chose to have the same death as his father, going out laughing.

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The Hollywood star lost his dad James last October, following the 74-year-old's battle with Parkinson's disease.

As Ryan and his siblings gathered round to say their goodbyes, he found they were able to find light even in the most difficult of circumstances.

"In my dad's dying moments, we were making him laugh," Ryan told Men's Health.

Ryan Reynolds is in Vancouver filming his new movie Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds is in Vancouver filming his new movie Deadpool

"We were all in there together, me and my brothers, just joking with him. And of course we end up busting each other's chops. I recommended that the doctor raise Dad's dose of Dilaudid (pain relief medication) in order to make my other brother more tolerable.

"Laughing can serve you in those dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out. It wasn't a bad way to go. If I could have the same death as my father, I would do it right now."

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

This ability to transform his pain into something productive proved useful when Ryan shot his new Marvel movie, Deadpool. His antihero alter ego is brought back from the dead and made immortal, but battles with mental health issues when alive again.

"I think this character does that quite well," Ryan said of Deadpool making the most out of a bad situation.

"He obviously takes it too far. He wakes up in the morning exclusively to annoy everyone around him.

"But for your average civilian like me, I think there's something really relatable about that idea, that there's something to be learned by taking life a little less seriously."

The handsome 39-year-old was so keen to take on the part, having previously played a comic book character in 2011's not-so-successful Green Lantern, that he says it was something he "needed" to do.

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