He has been shot, stabbed, incinerated and mutilated on screen. He has been drugged, drowned, and run over by a car. He has been in countless fight scenes, flipped vehicles and fireball explosions.
Even with movie magic, each stunt carried an element of risk. He even stuck his neck out and bought struggling Welsh football club Wrexham last year – which he describes as the “great privilege” of his life – in one of Hollywood’s most unlikely real-life gambles.But Ryan Reynolds confesses that his latest movie, Spirited, out today, left him petrified – because he had to dance and sing.“Singing and dancing is so much harder than anything that I’ve ever, ever tackled in my life,” admits the 46-year-old Canadian-American heartthrob who is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, his films having earned more than £5billion.He has performed perilous stunts for action films from Deadpool to Blade: Trinity and Green Lantern to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, but found the demands of a musical “more challenging”.Even though fight scenes are often choreographed like a dance, Reynolds admits he struggled turning from flying fists to twinkle toes. “I understand the music and dance of fight sequences,” he says.“I’ve done that my entire career… but a dance number is just starting from ground zero.
For me it was really challenging.“I moved very slowly at the beginning, and I’m not totally certain I got much faster by the end, but thankfully it’s not a live show so we get multiple cracks at each moment.”Spirited is a radically updated musical revision of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.Read more on express.co.uk