Clip Of Ryan Reynolds As A Child Actor Shows How Far He’s Come
Ryan Reynolds is the man du jour after months (and months) of promoting his new flick Deadpool 2. Our social media feeds have been saturated with the Canadian actor, usually dressed up as the 'Merc with a Mouth' - but at the end of the day, he's a hugely successful star who routinely captures imaginations across the world, so he definitely has something going for him.
But you might not know just how long he's been in the game - a surprisingly long time, it turns out - and it's interesting to see what his acting skills were like back in the day.
This is a clip from Fifteen (known to US viewers as Hillside), which graced North American screens on The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon between 1991 to 1993. Ryan played Billy Simpson and the above clip shows him geeking out over his mate's guitar playing skills.
He hasn't changed all that much facially, but man has he upped his game when it comes to acting - which, in fairness, is what you'd expect considering this was broadcast around 25 years ago.
This was actually his first ever acting role, before he wound up on The Odyssey, The X-Files and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
More recently, another of Ryan's old roles came back to haunt him during one of his many promos for Deadpool 2, as we were treated to a cheeky dig from David Beckham, who referenced one of the Canadian star's less-celebrated credits: Boltneck.
Look, he certainly wasn't going to get an Academy Award for that project, which was released in 1998.
It involved Ryan playing 'a goth kid who is a magnet to bullies' who ends up accidentally being bullied to death but comes back to life thanks to a fellow student. Yeah, we know.
Fast forward 20 years and Reynolds is easily at the top of his game.
He's established himself as one of Hollywood's funny guys and anyone who's seen Deadpool will tell you he's goddamn hilarious. In the last few years, he's appeared in Criminal, Life, The Hitman's Bodyguard and has a few things in the pipeline for the future, including The Little Stranger and Detective Pikachu.
Ryan now gets pay cheques with a lot more zeroes at the end - a far cry away from the money that he got for Fifteen/Hillside.
During an interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on ABC, he revealed that he was only paid $150 per episode, adding: "For me, I thought I was, like, a gajillionaire. it was like a dream come true.
"I still had a paper route. So I would do my TV show and then I'd go home and do my paper route each day.
"After that, I ended up working at a warehouse and I worked at a restaurant for two years. It's actually good, I'm glad I did that because I didn't end up like a child actor with some depraved drug addiction."
He's come a long way and we're bloody grateful for it.
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