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Ryan Reynolds speaks on stage during the Ryan Reynolds on Next Generation Storytelling session at the Lumiere, Cannes Lions 2022: Day Three on June 22, 2022 in Cannes, France.

Ryan Reynolds isn’t shy to slip into someone’s DMs if it means he’s gaining a friendship out of it.

Filling in on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night (August 9), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney took over as host and introduced Reynolds by saying, “A couple of years ago having never met in person, our first guest tonight decided to buy a smalltown Welsh football team together and now we’re business partners, friends, and yes, sometimes lovers.”

The first thing Reynolds said to McElhenney as he sat down was, “Wow! It’s so nice to be here,” changing his tone deeper, “You’re really good at this.”

When asked how the two met, the Free Guy star said, “Well, I kind of slid into your DMs. I saw Rob in one of the episodes of It’s Always Sunny. He did something that was absolutely spectacular. It was one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen — it was a dance sequence all in black and white in the rain. That was probably the pound for pound the most gorgeous, beautifully shot, choreographed and performed three minutes I think I’ve ever seen on television.”

Reynolds noted that as he has gotten older, he needs to tell people that he appreciates them more, so he had to DM the It’s Always Sunny star about the spectacular performance that moved him so.

McElhenney questioned Reynolds on how many people’s DMs he slides into on a daily basis, to which the Deadpool actor said it was not very often although their exchange changed his life. The two would eventually buy the Wrexham professional football club — a decision that Reynolds didn’t reveal to his wife Blake Lively until after the deal was made.

“After you reached out about this absolutely insane idea,” Ryan recalled. “I remember seeing Blake and saying, ‘I have bad news and I have really bad news. The bad news is, I slipped into someone’s DMs again! The really bad news is that I might’ve bought half of a fifth-tier national football league in Wales.'”

As far as Blake’s reaction to such a big move, Ryan jokingly admitted it was “not good, Rob. Not great, we’re still working through that one.”

Ryan and Rob made their big purchase before they met in person — with the duo capturing their first meeting in their upcoming documentary, Welcome to Wrexham.

Watch the trailer for Welcome to Wrexham below, premiering August 24 on FX and streaming on Hulu.

Ryan Reynolds Thinks These Disney Classics Deserve R-Ratings

Ryan Reynolds thinks Disney should reconsider the ratings on a few of the studio’s classic films. As Disney+ announced yesterday (July 21) that the R-rated Marvel movies Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Logan will soon be available to stream on the service, Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, couldn’t help but share his thoughts on the move.

“We’re supposed to announce Logan and Deadpool will soon be the first R-rated movies on Disney+. But we all know some Disney movies should already be rated R for irreversible trauma,” Reynolds tweeted.

See which Disney Classics Reynolds called out below:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    “Breaking and entering. Borderline polyandry. Pretty sure those diamonds aren’t cruelty-free.”

  • Old Yeller

    “Total ugly-cry inducing straight up murder of Old Yeller. Also, bear abuse.”


  • The Lion King

    “Fratricide. Mauling. Very possibly half-sibling lovin’, or at least kissin’ cousins. Seriously.”

  • Bambi

    “Cold-blooded killing of an innocent deer mom, that will cause lifelong trauma.”