Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi read 'James and the Giant Peach' for COVID-19 relief

By Zach Harper

James and the Giant Peach is one of the most beloved children's books of all time. The Roald Dahl classic has brought joy to millions of people's lives, and Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi recently read from the 1961 novel to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Taika has teamed up with several stars including Ryan to go through the book to benefit Partners in Health. Ryan appears in Episode 5, which finds James and his "insect friends" at sea. One incredible moment features Ryan reading the novel's poem "Eating the Peach" while Taika accompanies him on a classical guitar.

You might remember Randy Newman's song "Eating the Peach" from the soundtrack to the 1996 film version of the movie. Ryan and Taika's version of it is more of a quirky Greenwich Village Beat poetry rendition that Allen Ginsberg would appreciate.

You can watch the very funny reading below:

Ryan also posted a highlight clip of hilarious moments from the reading on his Instagram. He joked that James and the Giant Peach was "a word for word copy of my memoir. (Lawyers talking now)"

The Green Lantern star isn't the only celebrity to appear on Taika's series so far. Chris and Liam Hemsworth and Nick Kroll joined him for the first instalment. The series has seen appearances from Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch in episode two, Sarah Paulson and Cate Blanchett in episode three, and Cara Delevingne and Olivia Wilde in episode four. As well as many more stars!

New episodes of the series air Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Roald Dahl's official YouTube channel at 6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST. If you'd like to make a donation to Partners in Health, The Roald Dahl Story Company and those it has partnered with at this time will match your financial gift.

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