Pictured above: R.I.P.D. – Sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) and Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) ©2013 Universal Studios, photo by Scott Garfield

Based on the Dark Horse comic book of the same name, R.I.P.D. opens this Friday, July 19th, starring Jeff Bridges (Iron Man, True Grit) and Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

In this supernatural action-adventure, Jeff portrays veteran sheriff, Roy Pulsifer, Ryan plays detective Nick Walker, his junior officer, in the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department. They are in charge of protecting the world from destructive souls who refuse to peacefully move on to the other side.

Ryan, you’ve done several movies based on comic books. Is there something about this genre that appeals to you?

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R.I.P.D. – Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) ©2013 Universal Studios, photo by Scott Garfield

Ryan: It’s such a huge part of the industry these days it’s a legit genre unto itself. Most actors will end up in a drama at some point, and at some point you’re going to end up in a comic book movie these days. I’ve been lucky to be a part of a few of them.

This isn’t really a comic book, it’s a graphic novel. I read it after I read the script.

I [thought] the world was really cool and seeing these two lawmen who are [from] completely different eras and modalities in how they do things, come together and clash in this way was cool.

Jeff, these are films we don’t usually see you in, aside from Iron Man. What appealed to you about this movie in particular?

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R.I.P.D. – Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) ©2013 Universal Studios, photo by Scott Garfield

Jeff: I like bizarre movies and this one fit the bill. I love to see movies where the filmmakers are ahead of you and you don’t know what is going to happen.

Also, I got to play a cowboy, I love westerns, this was a completely different context but it’s always fun to put on a cowboy hat.

Why do you love westerns so much?

Jeff: My dad, Lloyd Bridges, was in a lot great westerns, High Noon is an example of one. I remember as a kid him coming home in a cowboy hat and the boots, and I would love to [put] all those things on.

It’s such a part of the history of our country, and it only existed for a very short time, but some wild characters came out of that and it’s great to get into those guys.

Physically how did you get prepared for the movie?

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R.I.P.D. – Nick (Ryan Reynolds), Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) and Roy (Jeff Bridges) ©2013 Universal Studios, photo by Scott Garfield

Jeff: Physically, the difficult stuff for me was being spun around in that car. That was the biggest challenge.

Ryan: In movies like this you have to have some degree of toughness, you’re going to get beat up a little bit. But it’s not as bad as you think.

I did a film two years ago called Safe House and my neck was killing me after the movie.

I finally went and got an x-ray and the doctor laughed and said, ‘You broke your neck.’ So now I’m a little bit more like, ‘Let’s let the stunt guy do it. I’m good.’

Jeff: That’s right. You get carried away. Sometimes when you’re in a movie [you think] it’s all pretend, but it’s not. (he laughs)

There is a generation gap between these guys in the movie – how is that between you in real life?

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R.I.P.D. – Hayes (Kevin Bacon), Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and Roy (Jeff Bridges) ©2013 Universal Studios, photo by Scott Garfield

Ryan: We had a ball. I’m just a huge fan of Jeff’s. I think he’s a legend, and he can embody a character better than anyone in the game.

Just to be around that and learn from him was something that I adored.

Jeff: We approached the whole thing in a very similar way, even how we acted was similar.

In the movie, when you die you can’t come back as yourself. Jeff and Ryan were asked if they had the opportunity to choose, who would they come back as? Click here for listen to their answers?

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Judy Sloane

Judy is <b>Film Review Online</b>'s regular Los Angeles based reporter.