'R.I.P.D.' Featurette: Behind the Scenes of the Afterlife

Monday, 08 July 2013 10:36 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'R.I.P.D.' Featurette: Behind the Scenes of the Afterlife

If you've seen one of the ubiquitous billboards for R.I.P.D. and wondered what the deal is, a new featurette is just for you.

Mixing new stuff and footage familiar from previous trailers, this little three-minute ditty has stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Marisa Miller walking us through the relevant R.I.P.D. information.

Based on the Dark Horse comic by Peter M. Lenkov, this supernatural action comedy follows Reynolds as Nick Walker, an uber-confident detective who meets his end on the job, only to discover that his skills as a lawman allow him to sidestep the usual path from death to the afterlife.  Instead, he joins the Rest In Peace Department, a paranormal law enforcement agency that secretly protects the living from dead souls wandering the Earth.

Walker is partnered up with Bridges as Roy Pulsifer, a gunslinger who has been with the R.I.P.D. for two centuries.  To the rest of the world, though, these two don't look like Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, but instead appear as supermodel Marisa Miller and Big Trouble in Little China MVP James Hong.

This comedic disparity has been central to Universal's selling of R.I.P.D. and as such the really broad comedy is registering more than the action.  The same couple of Miller-centric gags are present and accounted for below, with another one thrown in for good measure.

The featurette also provides our first look at Kevin Bacon, who has been conspicuously absent in every trailer and TV spot up until now.  The little bit about his charm bracelet practically screams, "This will become important to the plot later on!"  Bacon's knowing look and leather jacket, meanwhile, practically screams, "This dude is actually the bad guy!"

Mary-Louise Parker is also part of the film's cast, and her deadpan sounds like the perfect counterpoint to both the supernatural shenanigans and the big visual effects sequences.

Parker reunites here Robert Schwentke, who directed her in Red.  Coincidentally, Red 2, in which she also stars, is scheduled to arrive on the very same day as R.I.P.D., this July 19th.

Which action comedy will emerge atop the box office pile?


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