Ryan Reynolds has landed the title of Entertainment Weekly's new favorite leading man, appearing on the cover of the magazine's summer "Must List" issue, and it's easy to see why – the muscular star is hitting theaters this summer with the one-two punch of superhero spectacular "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and alongside Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy "The Proposal."
But what's on Ryan's own Must List?
For his Must Movie, he chose 1979 classic "Being There."
"I love Peter Sellers," he told the mag, "And his performance in that is one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen in my life."
A&E's "Intervention" was his Must TV Show, which he described as "real schadenfreude stuff."
"The first season or two is all about alcoholics and heroin addicts, but then as the seasons progress, they feel the need to sensationalize it a bit," Ryan said. "So by Season 5, you get to people who are chemically unable to experience joy unless they're smoking a cat, or something equally disturbing. I love it."
The star is less twisted when it comes to music, picking folk trio The Be Good Tanyas for his Must Band.
"It's definitely a little more folksy than I tend to go, typically, but they're also singing things that relate directly to where I grew up in Vancouver, and I like that," he said.
Ryan wouldn't pick a videogame – "I don't really play videogames, the Internet's enough," he said – but he admitted to being tech-savvy enough to choose a Kindle for his Must Gadget.
"It's sort of sad," he said. "I feel like it represents the death of the printed word in a way. But I travel all the time, so I can carry 10, 12 books on one tiny thing that has the depth of a credit card."
And the actor also weighed in on reality phenomenon "Jon & Kate Plus 8" – his Must Scapegoat For The Moral Decline Of Modern Society.
"I find that whole situation to be horrible and awful," he said. "I wanna see 'Jon & Kate Plus Eight, the Musical.' Jon versus Kate. I wanna see four kids on one side and for kids on the other, snapping menacingly to music as they walk toward one another."
Not horrible? His marriage to Scarlett Johansson, which didn't make his Must List but he still described as "fantastic."
The otherwise talkative star and his wife have both kept quiet on the subject of their personal lives – and the private actor added that talk of his sex symbol status was "really embarrassing."
"I think I fear more than anything just sounding like a complete a**hole when I have to answer that question," he said. "If you take any of that seriously, you need to be euthanized, ASAP."
Instead, he said, he wants to focus on his films.
"I've always just liked worked," he said. "I never walk away from a take and pat myself on the back. You just walk away going, 'Dammit, I should've tried this!' It's that possibility that keeps me coming back for more."
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