Watch: Ryan Reynolds Went Full Method to Play ‘Detective Pikachu’

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Daniel Day-Lewis, you may want to be taking notes.

As it turns out, Ryan Reynolds is an immersive actor, a thespian that truly loses himself in his roles. So much so, that if the character doesn’t know his kids, then Reynolds should act accordingly.

“I was on my way to pick up my daughters from school when I heard that I got the role. I didn’t show up at school, ‘cos Detective Pikachu, he doesn’t know who those little girls are. Who are they?”

Watch a very amusing video Reynolds has released to hype up the upcoming release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which finds him voicing the hugely popular yellow Pokémon. “We’re not going,” says Blake Lively, Reynolds’ wife. Check it out below.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu tells of a young man (Justice Smith) who teams up with an intelligent talking Pikachu (Reynolds) to investigate the disappearance of his detective father. Also starring Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe, the film will be arriving in Australia on May 9 and hits the US on May 10.

Official synopsis for Detective Pikachu:

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.


The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

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