Judging by their persona and sense of humor, it’s not entirely surprising to know that Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds are tight buddies.
We’ve seen a couple of deep Hollywood bromances over the years. One that comes readily to mind is that of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, two high school friends who have risen to be successful industry stars.
However, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds have shown us that you dont have to be high school buddies to have a tight friendship. Today, the duo have a very comical friendship and are two of Hollywood’s most sought-after and talented actors.
Bateman and Reynolds are actors known for their comedic timing and bubbly personality, so it’s not surprising they’re also buddies. The actors are masters of their craft, with multiple blockbuster movies under their belts.
Bateman, 53 years old, started his career in 1981, making his debut in the series “Little House on the Praire.” Although the actor comes from a family of moviemakers, it took him a while to break out in the industry. The actor’s father is a producer while his sister Justine is an actress.
After making his debut in 1981, Bateman built his comedic reputation by starring in several sitcoms, including “Silver Spoons” and “It’s Your Move.” While starring in “The Hogan Family,” the actor also directed three episodes of the show. He subsequently became the youngest person inducted into the director’s Guild Of America at just 18 years of age.
Bateman finally made his breakthrough in 2003 due to his performance in the series “Arrested Development.” The series also earned multiple Emmy Awards nominations, including in 2005 when the actor got nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
Although he missed out on the Oscars, Bateman won his first Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy series. Since then, the actor has remained among the top actors in the industry.
He has since starred in multiple top-rated movies like “Horrible Bosses,” “Hancock,” “Up in the Air,” and the Netflix crime series “Ozark” which he also directed. The series won multiple awards during its run, with Bateman winning an Emmy for Oustanding Direction of a Drama Series.
Like Bateman, 45 years old, Reynolds started his acting career appearing on television before becoming a big movie star. At 12, he made his on-screen debut in the Canadian teen series “Hillside,” known as “Fifteen” in the United States.
After high school, Reynolds moved to Los Angeles to get his career off the ground. In 1998 he landed his first significant Tv role in the sitcom “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, ” later renamed “Two Guys and a Girl.” He then starred in the cult classic “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.”
For a while, the actor starred in a couple of mediocre movies like “Blade: Trinity” in 2004 and the remake of “The Amityville Horror” in 2005. However, in 2007 “People Magazine” named him the “Sexiest Renaissance Man.”
Reynolds finally got his long-awaited break in 2009, starring as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” alongside Hugh Jackman. He then starred as another comic hero in the movie “The Green Lantern,” where he met his future wife Blake Lively before partnering with Jason Bateman in “The Change-Up.”
Reynolds has made his mark in the industry with highly commercially successful movies. “Deadpool” which became the highest-grossing R-rated feature of all time with “6 Underground,” “The Adam Project,” and “Red Notice.”
Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds’ Friendship
Bateman and Reynolds’ friendship became evident when they starred in the R-rated comedy “The Change-Up.” In the movie, the duo switches bodies and lifestyles after wishing for each other’s lives.
During their press conference for the movie, the pair revealed they only signed up for the film because of the R-rated script. However, the actors also loved how hilarious the writing was, the freedom, and the fact they could push their limits during the set.
Bateman and Reynolds admitted they had lots of fun on set because it was more pleasure than business. The pair revealed they made each other laugh during filming and didn’t do much work. Bateman also praised Reynolds for being supportive and professional throughout filming.
On his part, Reynolds disclosed he was excited to work with Bateman, but he couldn’t stop laughing whenever the latter broke character. According to the ”Deadpool” star:
“There’s an entire movie that could be cuts of just me tearing up and trying to hold it together. I’m standing at the perfect angle to the camera for the rest of the scene because I can’t catch my breath. Pretty soon, it got embarrassing, though, I have to say.”
The pair’s friendship and chemistry also showed in how they performed throughout the movie.
Bateman Was One of Reynolds’ First Friends in the Industry
Trying to make it as an entertainer in Hollywood is no easy job. Reynolds faced a lot of hardships when he first got to Hollywood as an upcoming actor. On one occasion, a lead actor from a sitcom refused to rehearse with him.
Despite all these issues, Reynolds was able to make some friends, and the actor revealed that Bateman unsurprisingly was the first person who was kind to him. Although Bateman may claim he was high when they met, Reynolds still considered what he did as kindness.
Bateman and Reynolds’ Movie Got Shelved by Disney
Bateman had agreed to star in and direct Reynolds’ movie “Clue” but had to back out because of his commitments on “Ozark.” Also, Bateman reportedly felt intimidated by the enormity of working on the project.
Although 20th Fox Century still scheduled the movie for production, its development has since reverted into limbo after Disney acquired the company. The merger has placed the future of many projects in doubt, including “Clue.” Speaking on the film’s fate, Reynolds disclosed:
“I don’t know if we’re ever going to end up ever getting that made. It’s one of those things that in the shuffle of Disney acquiring Fox, I’m not sure we’ll ever get to [make], but we’ll see hopefully down the road.
Reynolds also shouted out to Bateman, declaring his love for the actor. He then explained that if Bateman doesn’t end up working on “Clue,” he’s sure they would have plenty of opportunities to work on something else as their career progresses.