Ryan Reynolds is the star of this summer's blockbuster film "Green Lantern" and held People's "Sexiest Man Alive" title for 2010. He sure has come a long way since his days on the Canadian, teen soap "Hillside." Didn't know he was a teen soap star? Well here are five other facts you probably didn't know about Mr. Reynolds -- no relation to Burt, Debbie or Star Jones' ex-husband Al Reynolds.
I bet you didn't know Reynolds was the inspiration for a music album. His ex-fiance and fellow Canuck, Alanis Morissette, revealed in an AP interview her 2008 album "Flavors of Entanglement" is about her heartbreaking split from Reynolds. She said, " In the middle of my breakup, I went to London for 12 days, wrote 12 songs. It was all very immediate and visceral."
Reynolds has a serious fear of heights and flying. In an "Access Hollywood" interview promoting his latest film, he admitted "I'm not good with heights and airplanes in general. The whole idea doesn't make sense to me. Let's just get you in a gasoline infused steal tube and hurtle you across the Earth." His fear could also be attributed to a sky diving accident he disclosed to People. His chute didn't deploy properly during a jump for his skydiving license. He hasn't jumped out of a plane since.
Speaking of heights, take a wild guess at what Reynolds told People his sexiest feature is. Most thought immediately of his washboard abs, but he said his height. His exact quote was, "I'm 6'2", so it would have to be my height. I'm not a pocket-size actor." I'm sure if they'd pressed him, his six-pack would've come in a close second.
You probably also didn't know he was inspired by bleeding nipples to run the New York City Marathon. In a blog post he wrote for the Huffington Post, Reynolds described how the pain and exhaustion the runners endured gave him an unexpected realization of how much these people earned their prize. It left an indelible impression on Reynolds as he recounted, " I saw guys coming in to finish with bleeding nipples. Why in the hell were their nipples bleeding? -- Bleeding nipples. Bleeding. Nipples." Two years later, with those bleeding nipples etched in his mind, Reynolds decided to join in the nipple-bleeding action and run the NYC Marathon.
Reynolds' Yahoo! Movie profile reveals the wildly successful screen actor failed drama class at 12 years old. His flourishing career must really be a slap in the face to the teacher who gave him that failing grade.
Here ends your tour in getting better acquainted with Ryan Reynolds. For more revealing insider tips you'll have to hop on a Hollywood tour of stars' homes and hop off at the Reynolds' residence for a stake out. Be forewarned, stalking is a punishable offense by law.
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- Ryan Reynolds
- Flavors of Entanglement
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- Alanis Morissette
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