Ryan Reynolds blames goofing off with Dwayne Johnson for stalled Red Notice


Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson failed to complete production on their new film Red Notice ahead of the coronavirus shut down because they were too busy goofing around on set.

The stars were close to wrapping the Netflix film, which also features Gal Gadot, when they were forced to shut down in March (2020), and the Deadpool actor admits the shoot would have been over if he and Johnson hadn’t repeatedly ruined takes by cracking up laughing.

“I’m guessing we might’ve finished the movie if we didn’t spend 90 percent of the time d**king around, laughing,” Reynolds said during an appearance on The Tonight Show. “I’ve known Dwayne for, like, 15 years, so we tend to spend time trying to make each other laugh, which is a really irresponsible thing to do with Netflix, their money.”

Reynolds also shared his method for making Johnson crack up on set, revealing he likes to say Johnson’s lines back to him “27 per cent faster with a swear word at the end”.

And the star admits the prank got his pal every time and Johnson would have to walk off set in a fit of laughter.

“He’s gone,” Reynolds shared of the former wrestler. “He leaves the room and he never comes back.”

The 43-year-old gave similar insights into their time on set in a birthday dedication to Johnson on Monday (May 4, 2020).

“Today is @therock’s birthday,” Reynolds captioned a shot from filming. “There’ll be a lot of well wishes for him. He deserves it. This year, we fulfilled a lifelong dream: shooting exactly half a film called RED NOTICE before being promptly shut down. Had we not spent 90 percent of our time laughing, we might have finished it in time. Happy Birthday, Bubba.”