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Ryan Reynolds obtained bald patch, suffered from insomnia while filming 'Buried', report says

10/07/2010 by Corinne Heller

Ryan Reynolds in a scene from 'Buried'. (Photo  courtesy of Versus Entertainment /  The Safran Company / Dark Trick  Films / Studio 37) Ryan Reynolds obtained a small bald patch and suffered from insomnia while filming Buried, in which he plays a U.S. contractor in Iraq who is buried alive after an attack, Parade magazine says.

The 33-year-old Canadian actor said last month he spent almost a full day inside a coffin while shooting the movie, which is released on Friday.

"All of the physical injuries are like souvenirs," Reynolds told Parade magazine, which said the actor obtained scraps, bruises and a small bald patch during the filming process.

"But the emotional stuff is harder," he said. "When you're spending 17 straight days in a heightened state of anxiety and panic, it's not very good for your nervous system, so you walk away pretty jittery. I definitely struggled with a lot of insomnia when I was working on this film and that was something that was new to me."

Reynolds is mostly known for comedic roles, such as the title character in the 2002 movie Van Wilder, but has taken on action-oriented parts in recent years.

"Towards the end of the film when we were shooting, obviously the box is quite full of sand at this point," Reynolds told Metromix Chicago, when asked about Buried. "I'm pressed against the ceiling of the coffin. The only way to really shoot that stuff is to bolt the coffin down because Im pressing against it so hard."

"There was no in and out that day, the last day of shooting," he added. "I had to get in the coffin and stay in it almost all day."

In the movie, Reynolds' character, Paul Conroy, has 90 minutes to escape his prison with only a lighter and a cell phone. Reynolds says seven different coffins were constructed for use in the film, which also stars Samantha Mathis of Pump Up the Volume fame and which is directed by Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes.

"I was able to get out around lunchtime and stretch my legs and do those things as well," Reynolds said. "But for the most part I was stuck in there all day, and that was I think one of the hardest physical things Ive ever done because I had moments where I lost it. I thought I was going to completely lose my mind."

Reynolds began his career by starring in Canadian shows such as the teen soap opera Hillside, also called Fifteen, in 1990 and the sci-fi teen series The Odyssey. He rose to fame in the United States with a main part in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl from 1998 to 2001 and later nabbed the title role in Van Wilder.

He also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine alongside Hugh Jackman in 2009. He can be seen next in the comic book films The Green Lantern, which is set for release on June 17, 2011, and Deadpool, which hits theaters in 2012.

Reynolds told OnTheRedCarpet.com in July that shooting scenes for The Green Lantern in a motion capture suit was "the weirdest experience ever."

It was also reported in late August that Reynolds and The Hangover's Bradley Cooper are set to play San Francisco cop buddies in a comedy movie with an "updated Lethal Weapon flavor that plays into edgier R-rated territory."

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