Actor Ryan Reynolds buried on film but not by fame

Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:26pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the midst of a burgeoning Hollywood career, Ryan Reynolds took on a frantic, 17-day shoot on a low-budget movie called "Buried" with a little-known Spanish director. Trapped in a coffin. The entire film.

If that seemed un-Hollywood for a rising star coming off the $317 million box office hit "The Proposal" opposite Sandra Bullock and about to take on big-budget comic book movie "Green Lantern," it was. Yet, the Canadian actor said variety has been key to his long-term success.

"I don't think I am such a big star for this film, I got the script and was looking for something a little unorthodox," Reynolds told Reuters. "For me it can be as risky to do a broad comedy as it is to do a movie about a guy in a box."

In the thriller that hits theaters on Friday, Reynolds plays a U.S. civilian truck driver working in Iraq. After falling unconscious he wakes up in the dark, buried alive in a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter to aid his escape.

The independent film received early praise and was acquired at January's Sundance Film Festival for its portrayal of one man's tense race against time to save his life.

While the 33-year-old actor, who is married to Scarlett Johannson, relished the opportunity to take the role of a man buried in a box, he admitted to some discomfort working long hours in tightly closed quarters.

"It quickly became a phobia of mine, because you can't help but feel the walls closing in like that, in this particular shooting, under the circumstances," he said.

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<p>Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds smiles during a news conference for the film '"Buried" at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival September 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>