LONDON – Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds said the “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” film he has lent his voice, facial and physical expressions to uses such cutting edge technology that it would not have been possible to make the movie five years ago.
The much-anticipated CGI spectacle directed by Rob Letterman tells the story of Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) who comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu with a flair for detective work and decides to embark on an adventure with the fluffy yellow rodent-like creature to find his missing father.
“They (fans) are in for such a treat because it is such a fantastic world to bring to the big screen and I feel like it couldn’t have been made even five years ago,” Reynolds told EFE on Wednesday.
“Technology has caught up in such a way that it’s so immersive and so cool and I think they are going to just absolutely fall in love with, not just Detective Pikachu, but all the Pokémon characters,” he added.
The star said that he didn’t delve into any particular training for the movie which uses a sophisticated system of cameras and scanners to translate his expressions and movements into the computer-generated version of Pikachu.
“There is no training, there is nothing. I wish I could say it was like Daniel Day-Lewis preparing for ‘My Left Foot’ but it really wasn’t,” the actor joked.
“My job in this movie is to get into this motion capture suit which has all these different tracking markers on, different cameras and all kinds of stuff and then just to have the most fun I could possibly have,” he continued.
“So there’s really no work required other than what do I think would be the funniest thing that Pikachu could say right in this moment, getting to have that kind of freedom is really cool.”
The “Deadpool” star was no expert on Pokémon before taking on the role, but he was drawn to the fact that the video game and characters were such a huge cultural phenomenon on a global scale.
Although the Canadian had dabbled in voice work before with “The Croods” (2013), “Turbo” (2013) and “Family Guy” (2011-2017), he was keen to explore facial motion capture, something he had never done but that he enjoyed immensely.
“I love that stuff, I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to that world,” Reynolds said.
The joint production which has seen Warner Bros, Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company bring together each company’s expertise and advanced technologies has rendered a movie that is hyper-realistic with CGI characters and human actors seamlessly interacting.
“It’s amazing to see the final rendered product on the screen,” Reynolds said.
Fans will be pleased to learn that “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” which is set to hit screens worldwide later this week, will probably be followed by a sequel.
“There is so much to draw from,” Reynolds said of the Pokémon world and its possibilities.
“We already have a great story for the second one.”