Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is almost upon us and the promotion for the movie has already begun, with Ryan Reynolds releasing a video that parodies Inside the Actors Studio and involves him discussing his methods for getting into character as Detective Pikachu.
Becoming Pikachu is the title of a video which portrays itself as an episode of Outside the Actors Studio. Ryan Reynolds talks about how he tried to live as Detective Pikachu as much as possible, which involved trying to move around at the same height as the Pokémon and attempting to shed almost two hundred pounds before the doctors intervened.
Blake Lively (Ryan Reynolds' wife and mother of his two daughters) also appears in the video, where she is critical of his transformation into Detective Pikachu and how he abandoned his family, due to how Pikachu doesn't have a wife or children of his own.
Ryan Reynolds was first announced as the voice for Detective Pikachu in 2017, which disappointed the fans who had wanted Danny DeVito to take up the role (and it's hard not to think that the Becoming Pikachu video would have been so much better with DeVito's involvement over Reynolds). The choice of Ryan Reynolds was also surprising due to his newfound association with the more adult-themed character of Deadpool, which resulted in a deluge of Deadpool x Pikachu crossover fan art.
Ryan Reynolds did actually perform the facial animations for Detective Pikachu, which means that he is now the Andy Serkis to Pikachu's Gollum.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has received a mixed response since it was first announced, which has been due to some of the odd aesthetic choices that have been made in regards to the Pokémon, as creatures like Lickitung and Mr. Mime have looked terrifying in their new realistic style. The casting of Ryan Reynolds has received a more positive reception, especially after the first trailer was released and we finally got a chance to hear him in action. The fact that he's willing to kid around in the Becoming Pikachu video just goes to show what a great choice he was for the role.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will hit theaters on May 10, 2019.