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Here are 5 things you didn't know about 'R.I.P.D.'

July 17, 2013

YellowBrix

July 17--There are a lot of things you may know about the new action comedy "R.I.P.D.," in theaters tomorrow. It stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as dead, sort-of police officers at the Rest In Peace Department, who capture souls who have escaped to the world of the living. It's like "Men in Black," but with dead people instead of aliens.

But there are a lot of things you might not know about the film:

1. It's based on a comic book.

While it isn't as famous as "Man of Steel" or "The Avengers," "R.I.P.D." is based on a comic written by Peter M. Lenkov and drawn by Lucas Marangon, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1999-2000. A sequel, "R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned," by Lenkov and artist Tony Parker, came out in 2012. Another comic Lenkov wrote, "Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained," is now in development with director Robert Zemeckis.

2. Its creator worked on some of your favorite television series.

Lenkov was a writer and producer of TV shows such as "The District," "24," "CSI: NY" and "Hawaii Five-0."

3. It marks the return of a bad big bro.

While Devin Ratray has had a few other roles in the past few decades, his part in "R.I.P.D." as Pulaski is one of his highest-profile gigs since he played Buzz McCallister, the obnoxious big brother of Kevin, in the first two "Home Alone" movies. He'll later have a role in the new Alexander Payne movie, "Nebraska," due out in November.

4. It is Ryan Reynolds' fifth comic book movie.

He's played heroes, villains and a guy named Seth in his comic book film resume, which includes "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Blade: Trinity," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Green Lantern." Another, "Deadpool," is rumored for 2016.

5. Stars Reynolds and Mary-Louise Parker are double-dipping. Director Robert Schwentke is too, sort of.

Reynolds not only stars in "R.I.P.D.," but he's also the lead voice in the animated snail flick "Turbo," which opened yesterday. Parker has supporting roles in both "R.I.P.D." and "Red 2," which also comes out tomorrow. And while Schwentke doesn't have a direct connection to "Red 2," he was the director of the first "Red" in 2010.

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