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Ryan Reynolds says he’s having a break from making movies

Reynolds has just wrapped 'Spirited', a reimagining of 'A Christmas Carol'

By Sam Moore

Ryan Reynolds poses
Reynolds has long been open about his mental health struggles. (Photo: YouTube)

Ryan Reynolds has said he intends to go on a sabbatical from making movies.

Taking to Instagram, Reynolds said: “perfect time for a little sabbatical from movie making”.

Reynolds has just finished filming, ‘Spirited’, a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ that also stars Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer.

As well as announcing his break from acting, the ‘Deadpool’ star also paid tribute to the cast and crew of ‘Spirited’: “These days, kindness matters as much as talent. I’ve been lucky to work with folks who are flush with both.”

The ‘Deadpool’ star added of performing with Ferrell: “Singing, dancing and playing in the sandbox with Will Ferrell made a whole lotta dreams come true. I’m gonna miss every second working with this obscenely gifted group of creators and artists.”

In the post, Reynolds also wondered whether he would have been able to make such a “challenging” film three years ago.

Reynolds’ wife, fellow actor Blake Lively, commented on the post: “Michael Caine did it first,” referencing the false rumours that the legendary British actor would be retiring from performing.

In ‘Spirited’, Reynolds will be taking on the infamous role of Ebeneezer Scrooge while Ferrell will be playing the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Reynolds had previously teased that ‘Deadpool 3’ had a “pretty good” chance of beginning production in early 2022.

He had said that there was a 70% chance of the movie getting going by the end of next year as “we’re really actively developing it and getting it into pretty good shape.”

‘Deadpool 3’ is being written by Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux who work together on animated sitcom, ‘Bob’s Burgers’.

Reynolds also commented on the development of the script: “I’m working with the Molyneux’s on it, it’s been great. They’re incredibly talented and so, so smart. They so understand that world and know how to zig when everyone’s expecting a zag, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

Marvel head, Kevin Feige, had previously said that ‘Deadpool 3’ would be the first r-rated movie in the MCU and that a release date for the movie was “pencilled in”.

Reynolds has worked prolifically in recent years. As well as ‘Spirited’, he has also recently wrapped ‘Red Notice’ alongside Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot and sci-fi thriller ‘The Adam Project’.

In 2021 alone, Reynolds has released the box office smash, ‘Free Guy’ and action sequel, ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’.