Ryan Reynolds is an awesome actor, but the audience at the Cannes Film Festival didn’t think so when they booed his film at the premiere.
The Captive, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, and Scott Speedman, is about a man who thinks his daughter is still alive eight years after she has disappeared. Her father (Reynolds) goes on a wild goose chase to solve the mystery of her disappearance. The movie is directed by Atom Egoyan, who also directed Chloe and The Sweet Hereafter.
The movie premiered at the film festival on May 16. Not only was it ripped apart by the viewers with a “smattering of boos” but movie critics of influential publications also did not enjoy it. Variety magazine called the movie “a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into previously unentered realms of self parody.”
Sources say the 37-year-old actor was so distraught that he didn’t even attend the film’s afterparty. While the rest of the cast attended, Reynolds and his wife, actress Blake Lively, were spotted at Hotel Martinez.
The source said:
“Ryan definitely seemed a little on edge. I wouldn’t be surprised if he skipped out on his party because of the film getting terrible reviews.”
However, his loving wife wouldn’t let him stay depressed over the bad reviews, as she tended to his shattered ego. The source added, “It looked like Blake was trying to cheer him up a few times…she rubbed his arm like she was consoling him and kept whispering in his ear.”
Some other films that have received horrible reviews at Cannes Film Festival have later on become highly praised. Movies like:
Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro, Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst, Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt and The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks.
So don’t let it get you down, Reynolds. It should be an honor to join these great ranks.
Would you go see The Captive after its humbling reviews at Cannes?