What would happen if the most generic background character in your favorite video game suddenly became self-aware and decided he wanted to be the hero? The new action-comedy Free Guy has one answer, as it follows the chipper Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a nondescript bank teller in an open-world video game who is reprogrammed by rogue developers and takes it upon himself to save the game from being shut down.
Ahead of the film’s release, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Erik Davis chatted about the film with director Shawn Levy and the cast of the film, including Reynolds and co-stars Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Reynolds reminisces about his obsession with Ms. Pac-Man (“I just loved how hungry she was”), and Comer reveals the Springsteen hit that pumps her up. Then Keery and Ambudkar talk about uncomfortable, “stripper-tight” costumes, as well as working alongside the unbridled, Robin Williams-esque energy of Taika Waititi. Plus, Levy and the cast talk about complex world-building and whether or not they considered making a game based on the one depicted in the movie. Check out their interview in the video above.
Free Guy is in theaters now.