So, it would be a different routine for a movie like The Proposal?
For a romantic comedy, he needs to shrink down a bit. For Blade and Green Lantern, he was 200 pounds and 8% body fat. For rom coms [romantic comedies], he’s about 180 and 11% body fat.
When he does a comedy, he probably goes to the gym to do cable work every other day. I’m not even there.
Ryan’s an avid athlete. There’s no way he’s not going to work out.
Did you design his diet as well while you were in New Orleans?
I cooked for him six days a week. I’d make a healthy Bolognese: 97% fat-free ground bison, sautéed in a skillet with broccolini and my own marinara sauce, along with black pepper, a little cayenne, and some garlic. No salt, so sugar, served over brown rice or a top-quality brown rice pasta.
I’d also cook ground turkey and grilled salmon.
What do you say to clients who tell you they want to look like Ryan Reynolds?
It’s good to have a role model but don’t carry it too far. Don’t say, ‘I’ve got to be that or I fail.’
You might not be able to be a Ryan Reynolds, but achieve what you can achieve and be OK with that.
Though a few will fall off and quit, most people accept the limitations of their achievable goals. I think that is a good thing. If everybody could [look like Ryan], it wouldn’t be special.