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Ryan Reynolds: Why I feared for co-star

Actor Ryan Reynolds was terrified his Mississippi Grind co-star Ben Mendelsohn was getting too sucked into gambling research as they prepped for the movie.

Ryan Reynolds feared his Mississippi Grind co-star Ben Mendelsohn would lose all his money researching his role as a degenerate gambler.

The two actors, who play friends addicted to placing bets, spent long hours in casinos playing with their own money for research before the cameras started to roll. Reynolds' Australian co-star threw himself so thoroughly into the part that the Green Lantern actor was worried Mendelsohn might be on the brink of a gambling addiction.

"Ben really dived headlong into that world in a way in which I was genuinely concerned about him," Reynolds told Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "I'd check in and say: 'You're all right, right? You haven't lost your house or anything?' He didn't go that far but he was into it."

Mendelsohn confirms he loved researching the role far more than his famous co-star did, saying, "I did spend a lot of time in there (casinos). Ryan didn't seem to care if he would win or lose."

Reynolds was more interesting in the "muted psychology" of gambling, explaining that from his research he found people tend to become more addicted to losing than winning. Although that sounds strange, he can see why.

"It’s when you lose the endorphins kick in," he said. "I’ve had somewhat trivial addictions; I think we’ve all had things that have grabbed hold of us in a way we weren’t really expecting. And that adrenaline rush from losing is unlike anything else.”

Both men agree that the experience of spending great swathes of time in casinos was invaluable. They enjoyed sitting with guys who spend their whole day placing bets, although it wasn't about winning money. Instead they'd swap stories, with the Hollywood hunks managing to go pretty much unnoticed the whole time.

Mississippi Grind, which was released in September (15), is due to hit cinemas in the UK on Friday (23Oct15).

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