Ryan Reynolds is taking his role as Detective Pikachu just as seriously as all of his past roles, the actor has revealed in an amazing new Pokémon: Detective Pikachu promotional video dubbed “Becoming Pikachu.”
In the video, promotional shots from the movie are interspersed with black and white photos of Reynolds posing with Pokémon merchandise while Reynolds describes his dedication to the part. He maintains a grave expression while describing how he’s abandoned his wife and children in pursuit of the dream of living as an electric rodent.
“[Detective Pikachu] doesn’t have a wife. No. He’s a little yellow guy. Lives in Ryme City in a briar patch, or something,” Reynolds says, keeping a straight face. “I immersed myself completely within the world of Pokémon. I read about them, I lived at his height, I tried to lose 182 pounds to match his weight until doctors intervened.”
Of course, the entire interview is a joke, but it’s a good one. And it’s worth a watch to see photos of Reynolds crawling around on the floor, doing his best Pikachu impression.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu releases in theaters on May 10th.