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Ryan Reynolds wants trainees from ‘underrepresented communities’ in his next film

/ 06:02 PM August 02, 2020
Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds attends Netflix’s “6 Underground” New York Premiere at The Shed on Dec. 10, 2019 in New York City. Image: AFP/Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Ryan Reynolds wants to make film productions more inclusive, starting with his own project.

The “Deadpool” star introduced the Group Effort Initiative yesterday, Aug. 1, a program which will give people from “underrepresented communities” the chance to get into filmmaking.

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“Making a film is a group effort, but for entirely too long that group has systemically excluded Black, Indigenous, people of color and a whole host of other marginalized communities,” Reynolds said in a video on Twitter.

He said that “COVID-willing” he will work on a movie in the fall and wants to bring in 10 to 20 trainees from the said communities on set.

Group Effort’s website states that recruits will be “paid and housed” through Reynolds’ salary. The program aims to give trainees experience “and hopefully a career in the film industry.”

Those interested in being part of the program can register their details on the website to receive updates about the application process.

Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively were among the Hollywood stars who spoke up for racial justice last June as protests sparked across the United States in light of police brutality against black people. JB

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