EW and Men's Health Swap Ryan Reynolds Covers, Apparently

The new cover of Entertainment Weekly can boast at least three things I historically like: gratuitous beefcake, Ryan Reynolds, and water wings. However, the sum of all these parts is not working for me (and it's not just because the photo looks kind of cheap, or because Reynolds is caught in that odd waystation between "chest hair" and "just shaved to show off my abs, brah").

No, it's something else entirely. And I know this question is awfully strange and kind of double standard-y, but you were thinking it, too, so I'll just ask it: Is Ryan Reynolds a little too built to be a comic actor?

Perhaps the fact that I'm thinking that at all is a testament to the Judd Apatow clan, which managed to barrel through questions of "Is Seth Rogen too schlubby for Katherine Heigl?" with such overwhelming force that now, aided and abetted by countless fat dude/hot wife sitcoms, I'm a little thrown off my game to look at a comedian who won't touch carbs. And yes, it's a hideous double standard, since Hollywood has to sex up actresses before they're allowed to star in comedies (Exhibit A: Anna Faris, who finally broke through when she went blonde and started baring flesh in men's magazines).

Still, though, I feel like our Ryan could probably stand to relax just a little bit. When I see ads for The Proposal where he's wandering around naked, I shouldn't wonder how an overworked assistant finds time to do all those crunches. Can someone get me Jake Gyllenhaal's prosthetics, please? My Wii Fit is collecting dust and I just want to laugh.

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  • Liz Lemonazi says:

    It's the never-ending curse of the comedian who lifts too many weights to be funny. I'm looking at you, Ben Stiller.

  • Kyle Buchanan says:

    Oh, I forgot to say that I hate the emphasis on "bikini bods" that we see in magazines around this time (seriously, it's in every other headline in my Google Reader) but I'm not sure that extending this craziness to men is the answer.

  • icallthebigonebitey says:

    This is a little off topic, but when I saw Dennis Quaid in Far From Heaven , I remember thinking no man had abs like that in the 1950s. It almost ruined the movie for me.

  • Inhaler says:

    I'm a little more concerned with Ryan's current metamorphosis into Channing Tatum.

  • Kyle Buchanan says:

    Channing would kill for those abs.

  • yarmulke says:

    Wait..Ben stiller lifts too much to be funny? Have we all forgotten the swollen Carrot Top? Sure he ain't that funny but he looks like he could rip open his skin at any moment...completing his metamorphasis from prop comic to Fire Crotch Godzilla.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Once you look like the villain from a "Karate Kid" movie, your "likable underdog comedian" days are OVER!

  • rodger says:

    More like too photoshopped to take seriously.

  • Delta says:

    Take a look at some of his movies. While the tan may not be entirely real, the definition on those abs is nearly entirely real.

  • Dimo says:

    Is it possible to cancel my subscription to EW for just one week?