Ryan Reynolds Launches Self-Financed Diversity Program for His Next Film

Johnny Lopez
August 02, 2020 - 7:00 am

Ryan Reynolds wants to ensure his next project is more inclusive.

On Friday, the “Deadpool” star announced he would use his own salary to pay and house 10- 20 trainees who are “Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) or people from marginalized or excluded communities" to work on his next film, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Reynolds elaborated on the program, entitled The Group Effort Initiative, in a video shared on Instagram.

“I’ve had a front-row seat to the immense talent of so many artisans, storytellers and experts,” the 43-year-old said.

“Being a member of a film crew is a special experience — but that privilege hasn’t been extended to everyone. There’s a ton of untapped talent out there. This action is the right thing to do, but it’s worth noting that inclusivity will also make our industry stronger and more dynamic. We will tell better stories.”

The project, an untitled time-travel adventure film for Netlflix, is slated to begin this fall, assuming it is not delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I'm committing to bringing between 10 and 20 trainees from the BIPOC community and any and all other marginalized communities of all ages,” Reynolds shared.

"These new recruits will be paid and housed out of my salary and will spend their days on set learning from professionals and getting real-life experience that they can then parlay into another job and another job and hopefully a career in the film industry," he added.

Anyone interested can go to The Group Effort Initiative’s website for more information.

The program comes two months after Reynolds and wife Blake Lively donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“[W]e want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally,” the duo said in a joint statement shared on their Instagram accounts. “And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them."

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