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“It was f—king awful”: Ryan Reynolds Reveals Why He Turned Down Disgraced Director Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Show

Which television shows is considered to be the all-time best? The seven-season series Buffy The Vampire Slayer had it all: vampires, spells, slayers, werewolves, the high school struggles, a Hellmouth, evil Mayors, and of course, Giles! It also had five additional seasons in the form of a comic book. Buffy The Vampire Slayer leaves behind a huge legacy. The show changed the gender expectations of television and revolutionized youth-oriented programming. It even gave the world a generation of heroines who still shine today. The innovative show, however, faced many obstacles on its journey to the small screen. And even more, once it got there—so the road wasn’t always clear. 

Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds

Additionally, the cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer was quite diverse, and a variety of famous people appeared in cameos. Ryan Reynolds, a current member of the Marvel cast, came close to joining the cast but fell short. Ryan Reynolds, who was supposedly born to play Deadpool, may have had a significant role to play in the TV show. However, what caused the actor to decline the part that could have offered him a successful career opportunity?  

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Why did Ryan Reynolds drop the role In Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

Ryan Reynolds began his career in the mid-1990s and is now well known as the star of films like Deadpool. Apparently, for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, he turned down the role of  Xander Harris, whom the producers allegedly wanted Reynolds to play. According to the way he was portrayed, Xander Harris was just a “regular guy” without any superhuman traits. Regardless, he was a vital part of the show. Nicholas Brendon was eventually cast in the role and it ended up being his breakthrough role.

Ryan Reynolds on Jimmy Kimmel Live show
Ryan Reynolds on Jimmy Kimmel Live show

Reynolds, however, declined the part for a very understandable reason. He had only freshly graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver. He claimed it had been a terrible experience, and he had come to the conclusion that going back to that world would be too much to bear. He gave a detailed justification for why he declined to join the cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in an interview with The Toronto Star in 2008. Reynolds stated, “My biggest concern was that I didn’t want to play a guy in high school. I loved that show, and I loved the show’s creator Joss Whedon.”

“It was f****** awful,” he continued, “and I had just come out from high school.”

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Joss Whedon faces a slew of allegations!

In addition to directing the blockbuster films The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon is best known for creating popular TV shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Though several actors have also recently accused Whedon of acting poorly with them on the set. Ray Fisher and Charisma Carpenter, among others, have both accused Whedon of acting inappropriately on set. Actress Charisma Carpenter of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel fame reacted to Joss Whedon’s long remarks regarding the accusations of misconduct over the past year. In response to Carpenter’s allegations that he called her “fat” while she was four months pregnant, he merely stated, “I was not mannerly.” As for her account, he added that it confused him.

Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon

Well, Whedon had a reputation as a prominent feminist voice in Hollywood up until this point in his career. In particular, his hit television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) was best known for featuring strong female characters. 

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Source: The Things

Siddhika Prajapati
Siddhika Prajapati

Flights of occasional fantasies, strong opinions, encouraging hyperbole, and good grammar are what describe her. Literature Honors Graduate and Post-Graduated in Journalism, she is the Entertainment author at Animated Times, who is madly in love with the lights, camera, and action sector. An entertainment enthusiast by day, a dreamer, and occasionally a stargazer by night, she enjoys turning words into tiny yarn balls for poetry that readers might find admirable. You would find her buried under printed fiction who is heavily influenced by dark humor.

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