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GQ Covers Reynolds, Vogue Covers Mulligan, Reilly Loves Drama

by Sophia Savage
September 15, 2010 4:00 AM
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- GQ profiles Ryan Reynolds, the man in the coffin, the green bodysuit, the man who can keep up with Sandra Bullock, produce an NBC comedy, and go home to Scarlett Johansson (the "best part" of his life). He is not an overnight sensation, rather a man with the right combination of looks, talent and discipline who claims: "I have a discipline that has served me very well in my career and in my personal life…I've always felt if I don't just have a natural knack for it, I will just out-discipline the competition if I have to—work harder than anybody else." On October 8th we'll see him in Buried, the film which takes place entirely in a coffin. Reynolds experienced "such a state of emotional distress" and insomnia due to the sixteen or seventeen days of shooting locked in a box; the experience has made him a desirable actor because "I'll never, ever in my life complain on a set again after being on that set." No one denies the skepticism around watching a man in a box for nearly two hours, but after a cast and crew screening Blake Lively said she was "glued to the screen" within two minutes; "I don't think anybody was expecting what they saw." GQ points out the most impressive thing in Reynold's performance is his restraint, where many actors would go into award-hungry-hysterics. But one thing is for sure: after his parents adopted a boy, were surprised with two more boys of their own, and then tried for a daughter, what did they get, says Ryan: "They got an actor."

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- The Guardian interviews Cyrus star John C. Reilly, a man who's face he describes as "not to marvel… the source of so much honest, faltering emotion on screen. With its mixture of the craggy and the spongy, it suggests Mount Rushmore remade in cake form, pock-marked but soft. Running across the bridge of his nose is a crease deep enough to hold a pencil. His ear lobes are droopy, his hair a pile of chaotic curls. They broke the mold, not to mention the curling tongs, when they made him." The breakout role was Boogie Nights in 1997, and forty plus movies he's been in - "and frequently stolen" - include turns with Will Ferrell, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Terrence Malick; from Step Brothers to Chicago - the man's eclectic. And while he admits to becoming more recognized the past few years for being funny, he responds: "Well, I've done a few funny movies. But there are 25 or 30 others that are more dramatic.'" He believes the key to longevity is the ability to surprise audiences (a rare feat) - and those who have seen Cyrus tell Reilly that they're clueless as to what is going to happen until the last scene.

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- Carey Mulligan, who graces the cover of Vogue's October edition, says she refuses to become too skinny, "because my brain doesn't work when I'm that thin, so I can't do my job." She admits to wanting to be on Glee, "but I'm told I'm not famous enough to be a cameo yet." And she adds that when she came to Los Angeles, "I never said I wanted to be a lead actress; I never said I wanted to be a film actress. This need to trump everyone bewilders me. I'm only twenty-five. I'm not better than anyone. I just want to watch other people and learn to be good." Vogue is apparently selling Mulligan as a twin to Michelle Williams, who was last year's October cover girl with a notably similar style and color scheme.

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