Ryan Reynolds Talks Tabloid Stories, 'Van Wilder' & How Discipline Helped Him Get Ripped

Ryan Reynolds on the October 2010 cover of GQ Ryan Reynolds on the October 2010 cover of GQ

Ryan Reynolds may be happily in love with wife Scarlett Johansson, but being one half of a Hollywood super-couple comes at a price – tabloid stories.

“Ninety-nine point nine percent of it is just absurd,” Ryan told GQ magazine, which features the star on its October 2010 cover. “Silly, you know. And then maybe a relative will call me and ask if I adopted a baby from Ghana.”

Ryan told the mag that he and Scarlett have “not adopted anything,” but they don’t plan to remain a twosome forever, noting that he’s thinking of “a few years down the road, having a family.”

“That’s years away at this point,” he added.

The actor, who is gearing up for the October 8 release of “Buried,” a thriller in which he plays Paul Conroy, a man who is buried alive — and after that, the highly anticipated “Green Lantern” — revealed that he was once discouraged from heading to Hollywood to pursue his acting dream.

A director of an episode of “The X-Files,” which Ryan had a bit part in, told the actor, “I’d never make it there, first and foremost. And secondly, that I could have a very small yet profitable career here in Vancouver doing small parts,” he recounted. “It was a crushing moment, I must say. It was also inspiring, though.”

A few years later, one of Ryan’s big career breaks was the 2002 comedy “Van Wilder,” which made him, if not a household name, at least a college frat house one.

“It made me the party guy,” he told the mag. “I would walk into a bar and people would start lining up the shots.”

Nowadays, Ryan can pick his roles, no thanks in part to his dedication to his craft – especially the type that allowed him to get ripped for roles like “Green Lantern.”

“I have a discipline that has served me very well in my career and in my personal life… and that’s gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older,” he said. “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.”

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