Ryan Reynolds hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
Speaking with Fox Sports’ Michael Strahan before Thursday night’s NFL football game, the Vancouver actor gave the BC Lions a rare shoutout on American national television.
When asked by Strahan if he watched a lot of football growing up, given he’s from Vancouver (…as if there aren’t millions of football fans in Canada), Reynolds proved he did.
“I played nine years of football, I loved it,” Reynolds said. “I watched the CFL growing up and the BC Lions were my team.
“The Seattle Seahawks were my NFL team.”
By the way @VancityReynolds, we liked you growing up too pic.twitter.com/WGydUJVTgK
— BC LIONS (@BCLions) December 14, 2018
Then they talked about the new Deadpool movie and some new gin he’s selling.
Coincidentally, parts of the first Deadpool movie were filmed outside BC Place Stadium, on the Georgia Viaduct, in 2015.
#DeadpoolMovie filming on viaduct in #Vancouver today, may or may not be @VancityReynolds pic.twitter.com/5sER9ofioT
— Dave (@THEUPSHOTcanada) April 7, 2015
It was a small mention, but Lions and Seahawks fans alike were smitten by the name drop.
Awesome shout-out to the @BCLions by @VancityReynolds on Thursday Night Football tonight. 🇨🇦🏈
— Chris Dion (@HabsLions) December 14, 2018
Holy crap, Ryan Reynolds just mentioned the #CFL and the #BCLions live during an #NFL game. He’s the Canadian gift that just keeps on giving 🙌🏻🙌🏻 #chiefsvsrams #LACvsKC @VancityReynolds @BCLions
— Ashley C Hyshka (@AshleyHyshka) December 14, 2018
Tip of the hat to @VancityReynolds for the nod to the @BCLions and the @CFL tonight on Thursday Night Football. #CFL #NFL #TNF
— Todd Vallee (@toddvallee) December 14, 2018
.@VancityReynolds just said he was a @Seahawks fan growing up! pic.twitter.com/TWMyc0hUfp
— Kylee 🙂 (@kyleesmind) December 14, 2018
Confirmed that @VancityReynolds is the best actor ever cause hes a Seahawks fan.
— Sivak (@Nathansivak) December 14, 2018
@VancityReynolds is a @Seahawks fan! Let the man raise the @12s flag! pic.twitter.com/amLJztGWci
— Tyler Allen (@tyallen2012) December 14, 2018