It isn’t always easy to find and be in a job you love, but it’s extra special when you get to do it with your friends as well. That’s what it’s like for Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson, the main trio of Netflix’s Red Notice. Thanks to a press conference with the three of them, we learned that this movie basically brings their off-screen camaraderie on screen, so shooting this whole movie for them was getting paid to have fun with friends, according to Ryan. During the press conference, they were alternating between praising and roasting each other which was great fun to witness, and you can catch them in action in Red Notice. Here’s what they said about each other, and about the show!
On Working with Friends
Ryan has been friends with Dwayne for more than 20 years, while he has been friends with Gal for almost 10. Any time they get together, there’s an “easy breezy charm”, and what made Ryan sign up for Red Notice the most was the opportunity to work his friends. Similarly, both Gal and Dwayne cited each other as main reasons for signing up for the show. In other words, what you see on screen of their relationship and camaraderie is basically how they are off screen as well, as shared by Ryan. You might know that Dwayne and Gal were co-stars in Fast & Furious, and when asked what happened they saw each other on set again, Gal revealed that they did the chest bump besides saying “hi”.
On Dancing with Each Other
Check out the trailer, and you’ll notice that there are scenes where Dwayne’s and Gal’s characters dance with each other. When asked about what it was like dancing with The Rock, Gal said, “Very heavy,” with Dwayne adding on, “Like a buffalo,” while they laughed. Jokes aside, Gal said that she was nervous at the beginning, as DJ (as she calls Dwayne) is a “giant man, and I have feet down there.” But then he showed up, and he’s a “freaking ballerina”. DJ just smiled and replied that “it all comes down to the dance partner you have. Truly.”
On Going on a Heist
When asked about who they would rather go on a heist with either one of their co-stars, Dwayne and Gal both said each other, though Gal teased that if Ryan were sitting next to her, she’d have said him instead. (Ryan went solo, while we saw Gal and Dwayne together.)
On Their “Marriage of Convenience”
When asked about his bromance (it’s more like a marriage of convenience if you ask us) with Dwayne, Ryan said, “Over some gin and tequila,” before revealing more about their bond. He said that weirdly, he and Dwayne have a lot more in common than you’d imagine. “Certainly not body mass, but we each have three daughters, extra curricular businesses that we care deeply about, we both feel very much we’re in the service of the audience and that they’re the boss, and we have very similar outlooks on everything. The camaraderie you see on screen is a very natural by-product of two guys who have known each other for a long time and has similar work ethics and outlooks on life,” he said.
On the Most Interesting Scene to Film
Both Ryan and Gal said that the most interesting scene to film for them was the scene where the three of them were together for the first time, i.e. when the boys met The Bishop, Gal’s character. According to Ryan, the whole scene was like a chess game where they were sizing each other up, while Gal shared that it was such a funny day that they were breaking so many takes. Meanwhile, Dwayne had a different answer:
“There’s a scene at the end on this beautiful yacht, and the scene starts off where Gal’s coming out of the ocean. It is a gorgeous, iconic, and cinematic shot because the boat–”
Gal: “The boat–unbelievable–so darn sexy. Watch the movie for the boat!”
You heard it from Gal Gadot herself, watch the movie for the boat!
On Being the Best Fighter
Ryan admits that it would be a toss up between Dwayne and himself for weakest fighter. He said, “Gal is probably the best all-around fighter. Dwayne if he gets his hands on you, you’re done, and me, I’m not a fighter. I’m mostly, you know, a bit of a chicken.”
Seeing as it’s a movie about wanted (art) thieves and such, naturally, there were questions about stealing as well. We asked Ryan if he were an (accomplished) art thief like his character, which piece of famous art would he want to get your hands on, and why? His answer is “The Woman in Gold”, a painting by Gustav Klimt. He’s always found this piece of art one of the most beautiful, and it has been stolen in the past, though thankfully it’s been returned to its rightful owners. Meanwhile, Gal and Dwayne were asked what they would steal from each other, and they took the cheesy route. Dwayne said he’d steal Gal’s heart, because she has a heart of gold and he’s “dead inside”, while Gal said she’d steal Dwayne’s smile, which prompted him to show us the smile she’d steal. (It was so cute!)
On What Sets Red Notice Apart from Other Heist Shows and Films
It’s the trio. According to Ryan, it’s very hard to get three main stars in a room together, let alone a whole movie. They all had some tricky scheduling notices, but Netflix managed to make it happen.
If Ryan, Gal, and Dwayne could navigate tricky scheduling, you can switch Netflix on and watch Red Notice, easy-peasy. Check it out for Ryan’s jokes (most of which he wrote himself, and left it to the editor and director to decide on the most suitable ones to use), Gal’s athleticism, and Dwayne’s sheer strength. And of course, the whole cat-and-mouse (and cat) game they play throughout this show. It’s highly enjoyable and fun, perfect to kick start your weekend, ready to stream this Friday, 12th November.
About Red Notice
When an Interpol-issued Red Notice — the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted — goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack dab in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot). The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company.