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Before ‘Deadpool’: 7 Roles That Put Ryan Reynolds on the Map

Ryan Reynolds first broke out with his role on the ABC sitcom, Two Guys and a Girl and has since starred in everything from blockbuster rom-coms to superhero films. His career has had its fair share of ups and downs along the way, with films Green Lantern and R.I.P.D. proving to be critical and commercial disappointments. But Reynolds has since turned it all around, taking on the titular role in the Marvel-inspired smash hit, Deadpool

With the actor currently busy plotting the highly anticipated Deadpool sequel, we’re taking a look back at some of the other memorable projects from his career. Below, check out seven of his best roles before Deadpool:

1. Buried

Ryan Reynolds in a wooden box.

Ryan Reynolds in a wooden box. Buried | Lionsgate

The 2010 thriller starred Reynolds as an Iraq-based American civilian truck driver Paul Conroy, who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin with only a few supplies. The 90-minute one-man show, which takes place entirely in a confined location, could have easily been boring and gimmicky. But thanks to Reynolds’ intensely compelling performance, the premise not only works – it makes for a gripping and at times, blisteringly suspenseful, drama. It’s no surprise the film earned widely positive reviews upon its debut, currently holding an 87% positive fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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