Ryan Reynolds Goes for Scares with "The Amityville Horror"

Reynolds Talks About "The Amityville Horror" and "The Flash"

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Ryan Reynolds at the Hollywood Premiere of "The Amityville Horror". © Rebecca Murray

Known for his roles in comedies (“Van Wilder,” “The In-Laws,” the TV series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place”), Ryan Reynolds has recently ventured into the horror genre with starring roles in “Blade: Trinity” and the 2005 remake of “The Amityville Horror.” Reynolds calls “The Amityville Horror” the “greatest American haunted house story ever told” and signed on to the remake early in the process.

“The Amityville Horror” producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller admit Reynolds wasn’t the most obvious choice to star as George Lutz in the MGM remake of the 1979 horror film, based on the true story of George and Kathy Lutz. But Fuller says the movie needed someone with a personality and presence like Reynolds has to help pull off the progression from good guy to someone much darker. “Ryan Reynolds is a guy who we had heard how great his performance was in ‘Blade’ and we were lucky enough to go into the editing room and see that before it came out. We just felt like if you’re going to have a guy who starts out as a great guy and then who turns and goes insane, you can’t have a guy who you expect to go insane. It’s better to have a guy who’s a great guy. Once we saw that Ryan could actually be that person who goes insane, it’s a perfect casting idea. I think that it’s really important to cast someone who people don’t expect to see in the role.

He was the only guy that we ever considered for the role,” explained producer Fuller.

Reynolds had just completed work on “Blade: Trinity” shortly before he began shooting “The Amityville Horror.” Still in great shape from that role, Reynolds had his own ideas as to how ‘George Lutz’ should look in the new “Amityville Horror.” “In this movie I wanted George to be big and a lumberjack.

I wanted him to be a really imposing character. I wanted the juxtaposition between he and the kids to be just gigantic. So that was something I [worked on]. I had just finished a movie where I gained 20 pounds for it…so I put on 10 more for this one. I just thought, ‘Why not make him The Hulk?’ I just liked that about him,” said Reynolds.

Of course, after building up his body to ‘Hulk’ proportions, Reynolds was more than willing to show a little flesh in “The Amityville Horror.” “If you’ve got it, you’ve got to flaunt it. I knew it would be going away as soon as I was done so I definitely wanted to show it a little bit,” Reynolds said laughing.

Based on the Jay Anson book about a family who flees in terror from their Amityville home just 28 days after moving in, this 2005 version of “The Amityville Horror” puts lead actor Ryan Reynolds through the emotional wringer, changing from a step-dad who just wants to please his new family to a man seemingly possessed by an evil presence inside 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island. Reynolds says he looked inside himself to find that sense of rage he needed to portray onscreen. “I mean for me, not to go into detail too much, but I just look at childhood wounds and little things like that.

Things that really triggered me in the past and it’s a great way to take a look at it all, you know?”

While “The Amityville Horror” co-star Melissa George took her onscreen kids to Six Flags to bond, Reynolds made the decision early on that he needed to remain distant from the young actors who would be playing his stepchildren. Jesse James, the 15 year-old actor who plays the oldest Lutz son, said he understood why Ryan was holding himself away from the kids. “Ryan didn’t go [to Six Flags] because he felt it was better that the kids kind of remain away from him. My character actually doesn’t like George because he’s the new step-dad. He kind of resents him so it was kind of better that me and Ryan didn’t go out of our way to bond. We did anyway. I mean, he really is a funny guy. He’s really nice.

But he really sold this part well,” said James.

Reynolds said he didn’t visit the real house in Amityville where six grisly murders took place before the Lutz family bought the place 30 years ago. Reynolds said, “Out of respect for the people that live there I thought that really to stay away from there was the best idea.” Reynolds also admits that what the Lutz family went through during those 28 days of horror never would have happened to him. He would have gotten out of the house much quicker. Reynolds said, “I would have been out of there. I would have driven right by. I never would have gone in.”

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With comedy and horror movies now a part of his resume, Reynolds is looking to add “The Flash” to his list of credits. While on the promotional tour for “The Amityville Horror,” Reynolds told a group of journalists, including About.com, that he is very interested in taking on the lead role in “The Flash.” “’The Flash’ is something David Goyer is writing right now and when he’s done a draft hopefully Warner Brothers will green light it.

The story he has for it is unbelievable. It’s just such a mind boggling story, so I'm really excited about it.

There’s just so much I didn’t realize about the laws of physics and relativity you can get into with the Flash, the fact that he is basically doing things like arriving before he’s left. To me this stuff is really interesting to capture on film. I’m excited so if all goes well I’ll be playing it.

There is nothing contractual at all. David Goyer and I both always said we would like to do it together and Warner Brothers seems to approve of that and I’ve been known to wear red unitards at various parties around town, so I’m in,” said Reynolds.