Mary Birdsong


I had a scene with Ryan Reynolds in the movie “Buried.” Awesome, right? Only problem is… he wasn’t there. He was in a coffin (in Spain). And I was in a recording studio (in L.A.). Yeah. Wanh… wanh… wannnnh. My part was voiceover only. I played a 411 operator. The V.O. I recorded in L.A. would be turned into one of those pre-recorded, automated messages you get when you dial a phone number that’s been changed. I was bummed that our bodies wouldn’t get to be in the same room, but I figured…

Well, Ryan IS gonna actually HEAR this, at least. I mean… think about it: the sound of MY vocal chords vibrating will be resonating in his beautiful ear drums! Like I’m practically whispering sweet nothings to him, and to him alone! HOT, right?!
So I went for it. Wouldn’t it be a cool story to tell our grandkids? That this was how we met? (I have no idea if he ever did hear this particular take, but I did tell the director to send it to him, so who knows?)

He’s probably tried to call me a bunch of times, but my number changed.

You actually should check out the movie. It was directed by Rodrigo Cortés, and written by Chris Sparling. Ryan played a guy named Paul Conroy– a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

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