Ryan Reynolds is Detective Pikachu! “Extra” Special Correspondent Akbar Gbajabiamila was with Ryan in Tokyo talking about the “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” and his kids.
Reynolds shared why he took on the role, saying, “When I was first approached by them, I admittedly didn’t know much about Pokémon… they sent me a fully rendered Pikachu paired to my voice — they used some dialogue from ‘Deadpool 1' — That sold me, I said yes. I read the script. It was amazing, it was this great mystery wrapped in kind of the universal themes of love and loss and home and family.”
Ryan got into character with help from motion-capture. "When I see Pikachu," he said, "I see all my micro facial expressions and the most subtle facial expressions they’ve learned how to map on to this so I have this… weird seasick feeling sometimes when I stare at Pikachu, because I’m seeing me, but not me.”
What do his daughters James and Inez think? “They know Deadpool is their dad, they haven’t seen it so they’re not fully invested in it, for some reason Pokémon is like catnip to children… This is the first movie I have had that they are 100 percent invested in and psyched to see. I don’t think they fully understood that that is me.”
He revealed, “My daughter James said I sound like him. She said, 'You sound like Detective Pikachu!' and I didn’t really acknowledge it, was just like, 'Really? Tell me more about that.' I want to leave it as a surprise to them. We will all go see it opening day and then I will let them know it’s me.”
Ryan is not so sure his girls will ever think of him as being that big of a deal. “I just think they are going to literally separate their own eyeballs rolling them around me.” He added, “When they decide to go away to college, I’m going to be that guy, 'That’s so funny, I’m going to NYU, too!' I’m going to be so needy. I love being around them — it’s the best thing in the world.”
“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” opens in theaters May 10.