Here's How Ryan Reynolds' Movie "Free Guy" Was Originally Supposed To End

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Free Guy could've had an entirely different ending.

SPOILER ALERT: The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds ended with his character, Guy, living in a new digital world with his best friend, Buddy.

Ryan Reynolds attends the World Premiere of 20th Century Studios' Free Guy and stands in front of a large vehicle
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However, that almost didn’t happen, because in the original script, Guy found love with Jodie Comer’s character, Millie.

Screenwriter Matt Lieberman revealed during a new interview with Collider why the ending had to change.

FREE GUY, Ryan Reynolds, 2021
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“In the original script, he ends up with Millie,” Lieberman said. “They maintain their relationship into whatever the sequel will be.”

“But Ryan and Shawn [Levy, the director] felt that [the script] needed that Ghost moment,” he explained. “Nobody could really rationalize a person having an extended stay as bit and bytes.”

In order to make it work, the writers had to go back to the drawing board and ask themselves some serious questions about the film.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively attend the World Premiere of 20th Century Studios' Free Guy
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“How does Guy end up, after saying goodbye to Millie? How do you wanna leave Guy?” Lieberman remembered asking himself. “We knew that audiences would just wanna know that he’s gonna be okay and that he’s happy, and I think they nailed it.”

In the new ending, Millie finds love with Guy’s creator, Keys, and they start dating in the real world.

As for Guy, he finds peace and happiness with his new digital world. If you ask me, everything worked out for the best.

Ryan Reynolds attends the "Free Guy" New York Premiere
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