Ryan Reynolds has cast his doubt on there ever being a sequel to Free Guy when he made an appearance in the UK on Saturday (March 4th). The actor had been headlining the Just For Laughs Comedy festival at the O2 arena in London, alongside his partner Rob Delaney. It was Delaney who asked him whether he had ever considered a Free Guy sequel.
Reynolds was hesitant to dismiss the idea at first. He said (via Variety), “There is the potential to do a sequel to ‘Free Guy,’ which would be fun. I would love it. But also like, does everything fucking have to be a sequel? I don’t know. Sometimes it’s OK to just do a movie and have it kick ass and then everyone go home.”
He added, “So you know, there’s a bit of a push and pull there, resisting the urge to just immediately say, ‘Ohh, doing a sequel will validate the first one.’ No, the first movie validates the first one and then you can leave it at that. So I don’t know, we’re still talking about it.”
The actor also acknowledged the former disappointment at his involvement in the Green Lantern film, which received widespread negative reviews. Reynolds said the film was poor because of “too much time, too much money.”
He explained, “There was just too many people spending too much money and when there was a problem rather than say, ‘Okay, let’s stop spending on special effects and let’s think about character. How do we replace this big spectacle thing – that isn’t working at all – with something that’s character based?’ and that just never – the thinking was never there to do that.”
Further driving the point home, Reynolds added, “And to their credit, it’s a very old school way of looking at things. It’s just ‘Let’s just keep spending our way through this.’ And that was – it didn’t work. At the same time, there are 185 people that worked on that movie, they all had an amazing time, we loved shooting it. Truly, shooting the movie was a lot of fun. But, you know, sitting in that premiere, watching that, oh my God. It’s tough.”