‘Free Guy’ Cast and Crew Can’t Wait for Audiences to Enjoy the Movie Starting This Friday

'Free Guy' Cast and Crew Can't Wait for Audiences to Enjoy the Movie Starting This Friday

‘Free Guy’ Cast and Crew Can’t-Wait for Audiences to Enjoy the Movie Starting This Friday. We had the pleasure of attending the ‘Free Guy’ virtual press conference and getting to hear some wonderful stories from Director Shawn Levy and the cast of the highly-anticipated action movie. The movie is star-studded and will feature Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Jodie Comer (Millie/Molotov Girl), Taika Waititi (Antonie), Lil Rel Howery (Buddy), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mouser), and Joe Keery (Keys), all of whom were in attendance for the press event.

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Director Shawn Levy opened the event hoping that fans will find the film as fun and joyous and the cast and crew has, sharing: “It has been a ride and has definitely been a longer wait than we expected.  But, this movie was such a delight to make, and making this movie was pretty joyous and fun.  We’re just really excited to finally get to share a movie that hopefully has that same fun and that delight and warmth that was on set.

One of the fun aspects for audience members is the chance to see Ryan Reynolds in action, but as a tamer, naive, and more fun-loving version of a hero. Ryan was specifically asked how did he differentiate his performance from his role of Deadpool, telling the press, “There’s something really fun about exploring everything with new eyes, which is what this character gets to do, and sort of filtering that through the prism of comedy and occasionally cynicism,” He continued, “I love a playing character who is sort of stepping out of the background into this kind of new person.


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As featured in the trailer, the anthem for the film is Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” and we were not the only ones curious about who chose this particular song. Turns out it was Ryan Reynolds himself! Ryan shared, “In the earliest draft we’d written in The Outfield’s “Your Love”. It ended up just not fitting right.” He elaborated, “It’s a great song, but was not fitting right.  But then Mariah Carey’s Fantasy just came like a lightning bolt to me and just drove the story. It was like an engine for so much of the movie.”

The cast also shared several stories about their favorite moments from the film, who was the biggest gamer in real life (it’s was unanimously Utkarsh Ambudkar), and even which video games they would want to live in for a day. We also loved hearing Taika Waititi’s take on playing the villainous Antonie. After joking about how he doesn’t understand why Shawn reached out to him about the role and teased that it would tank Levy’s career, he got a little more serious about the role, claiming his inspiration comes from people in his life.

“Shawn described the character and that appealed to me ’cause I feel like my characters are usually quite nice.  Like, [somehow] I just play versions of my mom in all my characters.” Waititi continued, “This was the sort of a version of my mom, who I think that had not grown up, I suppose. Basically, the characters I work on are just based on people I’ve met and I’ve met a lot of people like this in America.” This response to a character known as an egotistical CEO or “Bossman” immediately caused the entire cast and crew, as well as us watching in, to bust out laughing because we ALL have met someone like this.

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We would love to share more with you, but don’t want to ruin any of the magic in store. Basically, we highly recommend you go see Free Guy exclusively in theaters on August 13th. Can’t wait til then to learn or see more? Check out the trailer for Free Guy below:

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*quotes and statements made in this article may have been edited for length and/or clarity

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