Ryan Reynolds' 5 Most Memorable Roles

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Ryan Reynolds’ hasn’t always been People’s Sexiest Man Alive, but he’s been in the acting game for many years now.

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With a slew of TV roles in the U.S. and his native Canada through the early ‘90s, Reynolds graduated to a bona fide movie star in the early 2000s with starring roles in Van Wilder and Blade: Trinity.

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Before watching his latest flick, The Change-Up, take a look back at five of Reynolds’ most memorable and career shaping roles. Sorry Green Lantern -- you may have gotten a sequel, but you don’t quite make the cut here. 

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1. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998-2001): It’s easy to forget that before the actor was a leading man on the silver screen, he was already a familiar face on the small screen.  Reynolds starred as Berg, one of the “guys” referenced in the ABC Sitcom’s title, opposite Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo.

2. Van Wilder (2002): Reynolds landed his first true leading man role in Myriad Pictures’ college comedy, directed by Walt Becker. At 25-years old, Reynolds nailed the title role as the hard partying co-ed who, after seven years of school, refused to leave his college days behind him.

3. Blade:  Trinity (2004): Reynolds tried action adventure on for size in the third installment of the Wesley Snipes starring franchise, Blade. Sporting a full beard and some serious muscles, the role put him the map as more than just a funny-guy.

4. Waiting… (2005): Reynolds flexed his comedic chops opposite Anna Faris, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Dane Cook and Justin Long (to name just a few) in the low budget film that quickly became a cult classic among restaurant employees. As the cocky, smooth-talking waiter Monty, Reynolds provided hilarious narrative of the murky waters that almost all food service employees are forced to navigate.

5. The Proposal (2009): Starring as Sandra Bullock’s loyal, but abused, assistant, the Anne Fletcher directed RomCom showcased a perfect give and take between the film’s two stars. Ironically, the film sees Reynolds as an American citizen whose boss runs the risk of being deported to Canada. In real life, Reynolds hails from Vancouver, while Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia.

Just missing the cut? Teaming with Faris again in 2005, his role in Just Friends proved that even a fat suit couldn’t dim his star power.

You can see Reynolds opposite Jason Bateman in The Change-Up, opening nationwide on Friday, Aug. 5th.

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