- Ryan Hansen recently spoke with Insider about his new project, Netflix’s “Good on Paper.”
- The actor said he would go to great lengths to reprise his role as Dennis Kelly in a sequel.
- “I will actually gain the real weight if I get to do a sequel and jack up my teeth for real.”
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s “Good on Paper.”
“Good on Paper,” a Kimmy Gatewood-directed romantic comedy, may have only just premiered on Wednesday, but actor Ryan Hansen is already ruminating on the potential for a sequel.
In the Netflix original film, the 39-year-old actor stars as Dennis Kelly, a serial liar that lures in comedian Andrea Singer (Iliza Shlesinger) under the facade of stability and security, constantly boasting about his Ivy League education and high-ranking position at a prestigious hedge fund.
As Andrea later learns, there’s little truth to the story that Dennis, a bank assistant hungry for wealth but neck-deep in debt from his copious spending habits, tells about himself.
Hansen recently told Insider that, if given the opportunity, he would sign on to reprise the role in a sequel.
Demonstrating his commitment, the actor joked that he’d go as far as ditching the faux teeth and the stomach padding he wore in “Good on Paper” and opt for a real-life transformation instead.
“I will actually gain the real weight if I get to do a sequel and jack up my teeth for real,” he said, laughing.
Netflix has not released any information regarding a sequel, however.
Hansen thinks Dennis will repeat the same pattern with someone else
After Andrea realizes that Dennis has been lying to her and confronts him in court, he vanishes, leaving his apartment and possessions behind.
So, the lingering question is: What happens to Dennis?
While some optimistic viewers may choose to believe that he’s learned his lesson about dishonesty and has started anew, Hansen isn’t one of them.
“I think he was going to ride this thing as long as he could,” he said. “He’s the type of person that would be like, ‘Okay, that’s over. On to the next.'”
The “Party Down” actor envisions Dennis zeroing in on his next victim and manipulating them to get “whatever he wants next.”
“I just think he is a little bit of a sociopath and can just do it again, unfortunately,” Hansen added.
Dennis is based on one of Shlesinger’s exes
“Good on Paper,” written and produced by Shlesinger, is a “mostly true” story about one of the stand-up comedian’s real-life relationships.
Roughly “two-thirds” of the film are true, she told Entertainment Weekly.
Like Andrea, Schlesinger did date a man that befriended her on a plane, only to find that “everything about them was a lie” months into their relationship.
She remained fairly true to her experience while penning the “Good on Paper” screenplay but changed names, added characters, and tweaked details.
The final act, in which Dennis accuses Andrea of assault and kidnapping him in court, was completely fictional, with Schlesinger noting that she’d “face criminal charges” if the events unfurled the way they did in the movie.
And because Schlesinger lived out the nightmarish relationship with her “Dennis” in real life, she was able to give Hansen pointers on how to really nail his on-screen performance.
“She could be like, ‘No, no, Dennis would definitely never do that. Play it this way. No, he doesn’t say that, play it this way,'” the actor told Insider. “She was totally coaching me.”