Ryan Reynolds on Growing Up With Three Brothers: 'I Wasn't Considered a Younger Brother, I Was Considered a Moving Target'

"The way I stayed alive was with my mouth because I'm not going to win with my fists.," the actor said of his 'youngest brother' survival tactics

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Ryan Reynolds was channeling his inner Wade Wilson, aka Marvel’s Deadpool, at a young age.

The actor told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle during an interview on SiriusXM EW Radio how growing up with three older brothers prepared him for the role.

“It’s intense when you’re the youngest of four boys,” Reynolds, 39, said. “You sort of cultivate all these other aspects, survival aspects, that you wouldn’t normally cultivate, you know, being the oldest.”

He continued, “It’s something I always related to and I think that’s why I connected to the character 11 years ago. As a kid, I was the youngest of four boys. I wasn’t considered a younger brother, I was considered a moving target.”

The R-rated superhero film, which Reynolds previously described as a “romance wrapped in revenge, action and comedy,” was on track to earn $130 million domestically during opening weekend, according to Variety.

According to Forbes, the critically acclaimed film brought in $132.7 million over its Friday-to-Sunday frame.

Reynolds, who plays the role of a “kind of hyper-funny, hyper-violent, but very meta” superhero, admitted that growing up in a house full of boys wasn’t exactly easy, but proved to be beneficial.

“The way I stayed alive was with my mouth because I’m not going to win with my fists,” he said. “I felt like I was sort of rehearsing for Deadpool from the get-go.”

In fact, the actor told Cagle that him and his brothers would “destroy the house.”

“That’s part of the reason I don’t want boys, because I don’t want a wiffle house,” he said. “I just want the house to be normal.”

Reynolds, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Dad Alive, welcomed daughter James with wife Blake Lively in December 2014.

“I never admitted it out loud, to myself or my wife, but I really wanted a little girl,” Reynolds said. “It’s the best.”

SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Deadpool special aired Friday on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio. Deadpool hits theaters Friday, Feb. 12.

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