Is Ryan Reynolds pushing stories to make himself into “the victim”?

Actor Ryan Reynolds (L) and director Rodrigo Cortes attend the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for 'Buried' at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto, Canada on September 13, 2010. UPI/Christine Chew Photo via Newscom

I kind of don’t care about this story, but I guess it’s newsworthy. Us Weekly reports that just days before Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds announced their split, ScarJo was seen leaving their apartment building in a huff, screaming into her phone that someone was a “jerk”. Was she yelling at Ryan, or about Ryan? I’m really beginning to wonder if the strange she-wanted-the-divorce/he-wanted-babies stories this past week are just the tip of the iceberg. While I would tend to think that ScarJo was the one with a side piece (to my mind, she just has more options), I’m now beginning to wonder if Ryan was the one with a wandering eye (Blake Lively?). I think it’s just a general feeling I’m getting from the way “sources” and “friends close to the couple” are talking to the press.

Tough, tense times for Scarlett Johansson. On Friday Dec. 10 — four days before she and Ryan Reynolds confirmed their split — a witness spotted the actress, 26, storm angrily into the Manhattan apartment building where she and Reynolds lived.

Wearing a baseball cap, Johansson looked “miserable,” the observer tells the new Us Weekly.

“She was screaming into her phone, referring to someone as a ‘jerk.’ She looked really pissed off.”

It’s unclear who was on the other line sparring with the Iron Man 2 star, but both Johansson and Reynolds, 34, are licking their wounds following the demise of their 2-year marriage.

“Scarlett has been unhappy for a while and wanted the separation,” a source tells Us, explaining that the couple’s busy film schedules kept them apart for too long.

For now, Johansson has the support of her friends — and lots of sun and surf. She was photographed kicking back with pals in Jamaica on Wednesday.

[From Us Weekly]

Meanwhile, People Magazine published another suspiciously pro-Ryan piece yesterday, with the quoted, unnamed sources saying that ScarJo was “feeling the strain” of being married, and Ryan felt “at first it was … let’s fix this… And then it got to the point where it was just, if it’s not working, it’s not working. He’s an adult, and he finally just said they should stop.” Also: the “source” makes another reference to ScarJo being “young” - “She’s young, and that played into how she’s able to deal with things.” Ouch. So, in the end, Ryan was just too MATURE for ScarJo, right? And that’s why his team is leaking these quotes to People. Because he’s so mature. Oh, and he’s “sad” – says the source. Someone really wants to paint themselves as the victim, don’t they?

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Ryan Reynolds attends 'Buried' Premiere during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 14, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20: Scarlett Johansson attends the 3rd edition of the Mango Fashion Awards held at the MNAC on October 20, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Ryan Reynolds attends 'Buried' Premiere during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 14, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Getty Images)

June 13, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - SCARLETT JOHANSSON arriving at The American Theatre Wing's 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on 06-13-2010.  2010..K65169HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

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  1. brin says:

    She may be young but she seems more mature than him.

  2. Jezi says:

    Who really knows why that marriage ended. I still love him.

  3. Relli says:

    Yeah I remember back when Mollygood (anyone used to go there too?) was still online and they were running a contest every week with readers celebrity encounters. Anyway one reader wrote in seeing Ryan and ScarJO out and about and he was acting like a total jerk. I think they were in Boston or New York some place extremely visible. he kept walking away from her screaming “roger that” while she was trailing behind saying stuff like “ry please.”

    Yeah he sounds SUPER mature.

  4. lucy2 says:

    She does seem plenty mature.
    The whole story is kind of eh. My guess is they thought it would be great, but reality set in and they spent a lot of the marriage apart – maybe once they were together for more than a week or two, it wasn’t so fun anymore.

  5. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I never really got them as a couple.

    Sad to see another bite the dust.

  6. HotPockets says:

    Bottom Line:
    Scarlett deserves much better than Ryan Reynolds. It seems like being an asshole comes naturally to him, I couldn’t imagine being in a marriage with that guy.

  7. summer_solstice says:

    I think they were a good looking couple and they seemed to keep it low key. But I am not surprised that they split.

  8. Sara says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t find Ryan attractive??

  9. Iggles says:

    Nope. But then again, hearing about what a douche his is in real life turned off any attractiveness I may have found.

    Same thing once nanny-gate erupted with Jude Law. He went from hot to disgusting overnight. Any Tom Cruise, haven’t been able to look at him the same way in ages.

  10. T. says:

    @ Sara. You’re not the only one! I have no idea how anyone finds him attractive. The beadiest, most close-set eyes EVER. Yuck.

  11. samihami says:

    And don’t forget the king of all losers, Iggles—Mel Gibson. Twenty years ago-hottest, sexiest thing going. Now? A complete waste of DNA and oxygen.

    And let’s not forget Antonio Banderas. I used to think he was smokin’ hot. Then he got with Melanie Griffith. Have you ever seen her interviewed? She can barely string a complete sentence together. I mean, she is frighteningly stupid. So, how could I respect a man that thinks stupid is attractive? Now he’s just meh.

  12. Laura says:

    That “Sexiest Man Alive” sheen sure has worn off quickly (not that I found him particularly sexy or even very attractive in the first place).

  13. Maddie says:

    They got married and you rarely saw them together.

    So is it really a surprised that they are divorcing?

    When you don’t spend time with your spouse it pretty sure your not going to have babies, you have to be together to make them, so him crying foul is a little suspect.

  14. carrie says:

    i believe they were too interested by their career for their marriage works really and i remember Comic Con ‘s story(Reynolds dropped a Comic Con meeting after an argument with her but Johanson went alone at this Comic Con).When you see your husband/wife one time every 2 months,don’t be surprised by a divorce

  15. Jeri says:

    Scarlett made folks wonder if there was something to Ryan other than the douchey behavior, now we know – NOPE, just a douche.

  16. bellaluna says:

    No room for her in the marriage due to the space taken up by his ego.

    When will people understand that marriage is work? It’s not like you just hold hands and skip through life together sniffing flowers; living with another person in all their hideousness and glory takes love, understanding, patience, and work. Plain & simple.

  17. Obvious says:

    @bellaluna, i bet Scarlett thought it through…but didn’t realize that you CAN’T be married to a baby. It just dons’t work-no matter how much yo want it to.

    He’s got a slammin bod, but honestly, Scar-Jo will be around so much longer than him…

  18. Me1st says:

    I agree with bellaluna, its work, sometimes hard work.

    Also, why isn’t anyone bashing her, didn’t you ever hear of it takes two to tango? She knew what she was getting into and she married him anyway, I’m sure she is no saint either.

  19. Delta Juliet says:

    I think it’s funny that she was THAT mad and only referred to him as a “jerk”. I have much more colorful terminology than that when I’m that pissed.

  20. lucy2 says:

    @Sara, I never really did either. He’s not bad looking or anything, just…bland. Doesn’t do anything for me.

    @Me1st – I think no one is bashing her because it seems like his camp is putting out negative stuff about her, and hers has not done the same to him, at least not yet. Plus he’s got the dbag rumors not helping him out either.

  21. OhCamille! says:

    @bellaluna: …”in all their hideousness…”
    Can’t. Stop.Laughing.
    Well said!!!!

  22. Anon73 says:

    @Kaiser, love that you can sniff out a PR brigade miles away !! ; )

  23. gg says:

    boring couple. She needs to get with somebody a lot more exciting.

  24. Lois says:

    I agree with whoever said that there was no room in the marriage for her because of his huge ego…I don’t find him attractive and I think he’s a total ass. That’s all. :)

  25. gabs says:

    Team Scarlett! Ive read tons of fan encounter stories about what an arrogant douchebag he is in real life. He showed up late to events, refused to take pictures, treated a waitress like crap and more. He changed his behavior a while ago to make Green Lantern a success but no one changes that fast. Remember Alanis? Not surprised he’s trying to make her seem like the bad guy in the press. Not working Ryan! I always wondered why she was with him.

    People mag has to back him up because he was their sexiest man alive. To protect their brand, he can’t be tainted in the press so soon after they featured him.

  26. Bodhi says:

    I was JUST thinking this. There are all these snide comments about how young she is & nothing about his (very well known) massive ego. There is no way the entire breakup is the fault of her youth.

    I loved Mollygood, she was great! I miss the original PopSugar too :(

    Edit: Good call on the People angle, gabs. Marriage is HARD & I’m constantly amazed at how many people don’t know that going into it.

  27. Cyui says:

    People must make things up in their own mind. Get help. What douche behavior . The only thing I’ve seen of Ryan is him in movies. So what douche behavior? I go by what people in the marriage say and they said they didn’t spend time together. I believe that cause from what Ive seen of them they are working. She’s doing movies plays and hes got some movie coming out. I go by what people in the marriage say and the point of being married is to be around each other. If they weren’t going to make changes to make that happen then you may not have a steady marriage. Honestly she’s 26 so I wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t attempt to give it a shot. Try and come up with compromises. Too maybe she just didn’t like him anymore. Who knows. I just think it’s sad on the other thread people were trying to predict whose next to get a divorce . That’s not funny at all. Divorce happens, but playing some guessing game like that is tacky and just cause you’re a civilian doesn’t mean you’re immune to it. So don’t get hurt if you meet someone and people make comments about your relationship not lasting.

  28. bellaluna says:

    FYI – Never said it wasn’t her fault too. Career ambition can be an ugly, ugly thing. Any time you’re willing to put something/one else before your “life partner” it becomes an issue.

    Just saying, he’s a well-known arrogant ass.

    @ obvious – As a former wife of a baby, I totally agree with you.

  29. Marjalane says:

    I’m going to go ahead and make an executive determination here and declare Boobs Lively to be the cause of all that is wrong, not only in this crumbling marriage, but in all that ails society. She needs to be extradited to North Korea. And she may not take the Gosdong or Gerbilface with her.

  30. Nanea says:

    My husband just reminded me that they came and went separately to the Berlin International Film Festival (February 2009), shortly after getting married. We did wonder back then if something was up already. RR left a day before ScarJo showed up with Natalie Portman to promote that Boleyn Girls movie.

  31. clorismetchum says:

    lord, i don’t care about joho….but how can some of yall not find ryan attractive? he sets my cooter on FIRE.

  32. Cyui says:

    Please post some links to his arrogant behavior. I just always thought he was silly and had a cuteness about him. Amazing body. I’d play with it and not keep it , cause I wouldn’t know what we’d have in common. The fact it seems he was okay with not seeing his wife all the time brings my interest down, cause I’m not into the I want to be with you when I want some companionship…but my real focus is my career.
    Also what you want at 24 is maybe not what you want or need at 26. The only thing they said was they weren’t around each other….the rest is a guess. No point in that though , really.

  33. Liana says:

    I’ve worked with Ryan and he wasn’t a douche, but that was in his “Two Guys and a Girl” days. Douche doesn’t always take too long to develop in H-town. I haven’t worked with Scarlett, but to be honest, I’ve never heard a negative word about her from some of the people I know who HAVE worked with her. My only issue with her is her ruination of perfectly good Tom Waits songs.

  34. Hakura says:

    I never found him attractive either, I just didn’t see it. I always got that ‘feeling’ from him like the guy who was so cute in highschool, then acted like a complete dick on a date.

    I’m sure they’re both to blame for the marriage breaking up. I don’t like to take sides in this sort of thing, but he’s not making himself look very good making passive agressive comments when she hasn’t said anything about him in any ‘statements’. Which makes it one sided in the ‘public smear-fest’

  35. jennie says:

    This one is easy. The person that flies off to Jamaica with friends is the one who did the dumping. The one releasing any sort of press releases or quotes is the dumpee. Poor Ryan got the boot.

  36. jayem says:

    Fisrt of all, who is that beside him? Cause he is HOT!

    Second, WTH is his tattoo?? A flute?? I have been staring at it for 10 minutes and I cannot figure it out…

  37. Ally says:

    Ew, he looks like the spawn of John Boehner in that header pic.

  38. notsoanonymous says:

    No comment on the story – I just think it is weird that people doubt they could both be sad about this. I know when my ex and I broke it off, we both genuinely wished the best for each other and were sad about not being able to make it work.

    Why does it have to be about one and not the other? Even the dumper can be upset..

  39. Kat says:

    @jennie: Poor Ryan, my ass.

  40. Cyui says:

    Laineygossip liar/sensationalizer. If it’s not an interview in a mag or tv. If it’s not from Associated Press or some credible source then no. Taking sensationalized media as gospel is being feeble minded.

  41. Tali says:

    I too have read NUMEROUS fan accounts of him being a complete douchebag to fans and to her. I never believed it because he seemed so likable onscreen and in interviews until I started seeing these accounts reported from separate sites! I believe his people are playing the victim card pretty hard- a little TOO hard with trying to convince us he did nothing wrong which makes me think he stepped out on the marriage first. (note that I said first… I don’t believe she’s innocent either but she seems more mature)

  42. mimi says:

    As far as Blake goes the homewrecker rumors must have some truth to them. First she was rumored to be fecking Harvey Weinstein (in many blind items) then lo and behold she’s got better parts. Then the rumors of her and Ben on set of The Town with Ben gushing left and right about her in interviews like a schoolboy. Two weeks ago she’s linked to be casually dating Ryan Gosling and now she’s been brought up again as a homewrecker in Ryan and Scarjo’s marriage. I read a very interesting blind item about her allegedly homewrecking 3 hollywood relationships somewhere…..hmmmm

  43. Hakura says:

    @Jayem – I didn’t notice that thing until you mentioned it. My first thought was a telescope. I had no idea what it was either, but then I *had* to find out, because it was going to drive me crazy if I didn’t. xD

    It was hard to find an answer! Most only described his other tattoos. I *think* that tattoo is supposed to be of a cannon. I have no idea why, but it does look like that may be what it is.

  44. Mizz Tickles says:

    Sara I don’t find Ryan Reynolds at all attractive either, he’s got some major doucheface going on.

  45. lrm says:

    actually, i don’t think scarjo ‘knew what she was getting into’.
    Unfortunately, sometimes a ‘pattern’ takes awhile to reveal itself. hindsight is 20/20 in relationships-and while I agree that sometimes people are too quick to throw in the towel these days (and too quick to get married,too), other times,what you think is a ‘growing pains phase’, ends up being ‘how the other person IS’….you know?

    anyway, interesting how celebitchy is usually quite bitchy and snarky towards scarjo-lots of debate about her choices, acting, fashion,etc. but for this, everyone seems united in ‘she can do better’….
    I think so, too, and I think her acting will improve as well. [she started out promising, in lost in traslation, among others....]

  46. Sami says:

    I’m with you….never saw the hype about this guy. He’s average, with no personality. A yes ma’am, sir type. Boooooring…

  47. Wresa says:

    I agree, I think the tattoo is a cannon.

    And I think this split isn’t interesting because almost everyone figured it wouldn’t work out in the first place!

  48. bros says:

    i also think he is a total butter face. he does definitely have beady little eyes that are too close set, and I can totally see the douchery being a major factor. im glad scar jo got out.

  49. lulu says:

    Ry’s tat is of a cannon. It is a reference to Vancouver, BC where he is from – the nine o’clock gun.

  50. gay Ryan says:

    Truth= he is gay.

  51. Camille says:

    @Jezi: I agree. Can’t stand ScarHo, but love RR.

    When these 2 first hooked up/got married my hubby and I both said these 2 wouldn’t last and they didn’t. Love being right lol.

  52. Raynor says:

    I’m pretty surprised to hear what a d-bag Ryan is; I’ve never come across anything to indicate that – he’s always very charming and lovely in interviews. Sounds like I’ve got some googling to do.

    I’m not surprised about the break-up, but I think I might be the only one who thought Ryan could do better… I think Scarlett Johansson is such a vile creature. She showed so much promise earlier, but she just seems like such a vapid loser to me now. I still haven’t seen Iron Man 2 yet because I was heartbroken that she got the role after Emily Blunt was unable to do it. Gah! She’s such a minger!