When one asks Ryan Reynolds for help, it can be expected that he will add his own personal flair to whatever is the task at hand.
That is certainly the case with his recent response to B.C. Premier John Horgan. Earlier this week, Horgan called out to the British Columbian-born Reynolds, along with fellow British Columbia Seth Rogen, asking for help to communicate the government’s messaging around COVID-19 protocols.
— Graham Cox (@vanislandgee) August 12, 2020
During a press conference on Wednesday, Horgan told both Reynolds and Rogen to find his phone number online and get in touch with his office, hoping the actors could use their influence on younger British Columbians.
Just a couple days after Horgan’s request, Reynolds sent a tweet in response to the premier claiming “Called your office. Left a message.”
Called your office. Left a message. pic.twitter.com/CGp2IZagrD
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 14, 2020
The tweet also contained a voice recording of what appears to be audio of the Deadpool actor’s message to Horgan.
“Oh hey, Premier, Ryan Reynolds here. I got your message about the thing. I’m not sure it’s a great idea, frankly,” said Reynolds voice in the recording.
He went on to suggest people don’t want medical advice from guys like him, ‘unless it’s plastic surgery’, which, a lot of people don’t know this, but I used to be Hugh Jackman,” Reynolds joked.
Despite telling the premier that he wasn’t the right guy for the job, he did take a moment during his voice recording to address younger British Columbians and the dangers of large gatherings. Reynolds highlighted how thousands of young people are getting sick and also dying as a result of the virus, but he also pointed out the associated risks of spreading COVID-19 to older generations.
“B.C. is home to some of the coolest older people on Earth. David Suzuki, he lives there. My mom, she doesn’t want to be cooped up in her apartment all day, she wants to be out there cruising Kitsilano Beach looking for some young, 30-something Abercrombie burnout to go full Mrs. Robinson on. She is insatiable.” said Reynolds.
“I hope that young people in B.C. don’t kill my mom, frankly, or David Suzuki, or each other. Let’s not kill anyone, I think that’s reasonable.”
Although he addressed the issue Horgan had reached out about, Reynolds concluded the voice recording by stating he is not the guy to deliver this message to young people, jokingly highlighting that he loves parties.
“My favourite thing to do is just sit alone in my room with a glass of gin and the first 32 seasons of Gossip Girl, now that’s a party.”
With Reynolds bowing out of the messenger role, the focus will shift to Rogen. On Friday afternoon, Rogen tweeted that he had direct messaged the premier on Twitter.
Just slid in to your DMs!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 14, 2020