Friday 22 November 2019

Reynolds: I'm no good at gambling

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn play gamblers in Mississippi Grind
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn play gamblers in Mississippi Grind

Ryan Reynolds has revealed his gambling skills could do with some polishing up, even after portraying a gambler in Mississippi Grind.

The Safe House star plays a traveller who becomes friends with a compulsive gambler - played by Ben Mendelsohn - after meeting at a poker game. The pair embark on a road trip in the comedy-drama, written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

At the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Ryan joked that they indulged in those vices during the shoot, saying: "There was a little drinking, a little gambling and a little rehab. I like all of that stuff.

"It's fun because you know it ends. You can gamble a little bit and you know you can go home without a crippling addiction."

But he added: "There was more money lost than won. This was not a big-budget film and I think we spent our fee in about an hour on the first day. I'm a terrible gambler. I watch him (Ben) - he's a very good poker player."

The 38-year-old actor also said it wasn't easy being away from his family.

The Canadian actor became a father for the first time in December, when wife Blake Lively gave birth to their daughter, and admitted to USA Today: "I'm shaken a little bit because this is the first day I have been away."

He said fatherhood has changed his life, adding: "It's amazing how you can be so happy and then so exhausted in the same moment. It's like cocaine without the dark alleys of shame."

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