Ryan Reynolds Jokes He Abandoned His Family to Immerse in Detective Pikachu Role

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Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds appears in a new "behind-the-role" teaser for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film he shared on his Twitter account on Monday. The video elaborates on the immense undertaking Reynolds underwent to fully immerse himself in the role of Pikachu, going so far as "forgetting" his wife and children, attempting to drop an unhealthy amount of weight, and even living low to the ground.

Actress and Reynolds' wife Blake Lively criticizes his approach to the character in the teaser, even stating that he didn't alter his voice at all for the role and that she and the kids won't see the film.

Of course, all of it is just a joke to promote Pokémon Detective Pikachu's new trailer set to drop on Tuesday.

The film is slated to debut in the United States on May 10, and it will also open in Japan in May.

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as another main character Tim Goodman, a teen who teams with Pikachu in order to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) will play the "sassy journalist" Lucy. Ken Watanabe (Legendary's Godzilla) will play original character Detective Yoshida. Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Love Actually), Chris Geere (You're the Worst), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed), and Omar Chaparro (Stuck, Overboard 2018) are also part of the cast.

Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing the film, with scripts by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Letterman.

The film is based on the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game, which debuted in Japan in 2016. An extended version shipped in the West last March.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (Ruth Kinane)

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