Ever wonder what it's like to go on a road trip with Ryan Reynolds? Mississippi Grind takes you along for the ride. The indie drama (out today) follows two gamblers Curtis (Reynolds) and Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) on a money-hungry trek from the midwest to New Orleans.
"It really captures the essence of a 1970's road trip, which is both powerful and wonderful to watch," Reynolds told InStyle earlier this year when he screened the movie at the Sundance Film Festival. And the no-frills way of working suited the actor just fine. "Ben and I would drive from state to state in a Subaru and they would just jump in the back and film," he said. "There were no makeup trailers, craft services, or anything that could slow down our momentum."
To get into character (Reynolds soars as the charismatic lucky charm), the cast spent time with real grinders, many of whom ended up in the movie. "We were at the off track betting sites in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and we would sit with these guys for days on end," said Reynolds. "They have the most fascinating stories ever."
So did he pick up any card tricks along the way? "I'm an OK poker player, but for the film I had to be much better," he said. Win or lose, his poker face is definitely worth checking out.
—Reporting by Sharon Clott Kanter and Karen Levy
For more on Reynolds, check out his Man of Style feature in the October issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now. For more on Mississippi Grind, watch the trailer below.