These days, Ryan Reynolds is about as recognizable a star that Hollywood has to offer. It would seem he can’t miss on the blockbuster front, with nearly everything he’s a part of grabbing millions and millions of eyeballs. It makes sense considering his personality comes through on the big screen and he’s just super solid on picking just the right projects for his demeanor. So it’s a bit surprising to hear that there are times when Ryan Reynolds is confused for another celebrity. But apparently, it’s happened more than once with folks thinking he was, in fact, some different A-List Hollywood star.
In one scenario, which Ryan Reynolds recently detailed, a certain pizzeria in New York City seems to think he’s in fact, Ben Affleck. On the Dear Hank and John Podcast, Reynolds talked about how he’s visited this pizzeria a number of times over the years and the folks at the counter will ask him about things as if he’s Affleck. Ryan Reynolds talked about the case of mistaken identity (via People) and how he responds to being confused for another super famous dude. Check it out:
“They believe I’m Ben Affleck and I’ve never corrected them… I feel it would not go over well if I revealed. … They’re not giving me free pizza based on the fact. I do everything normal like everybody else…They just think I’m Ben Affleck and they’ll ask how J.Lo is and I’m like, ‘Great, good.’ I get the pizza and off I go…”
Look, fame begets fame and there’s likely a certain attitude those in the rarified air of popularity exude. Do Ryan Reynolds and Ben Affleck look even remotely alike? No, not at all. But there is like a Je ne sais quoi around their demeanor that allows someone to think they are at least “somebody”, proverbially speaking. In Ryan Reynolds’s shoes, there’s very little reason to correct anyone in this situation, especially when the goal is, like he said, to get the pizza and get the hell out of there. Why linger and clarify the position? There’s some chance the proprietors don’t know who Ryan Reynolds even is anyway.
The other time Ryan Reynolds was confused for another celebrity was in a totally different modality, and in this case, Reynolds had a much snarkier reaction. In this case, there was a fan confused about the differences between Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. And this encounter wasn’t in a local eating establishment, but rather on social media where Reynolds admits he used to be a wildcard. On the same podcast (via CinemaBlend), Ryan Reynolds talked about being compared to Gosling and how he responded. This one is pretty classic:
“Years ago, I used to play fast and loose on Twitter. These days I’m a little more reserved. But I remember a question like this came up. It said: I can’t tell the difference between Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. And I answered the question. I said –and I would never do this today–but I answered and I said, ’Well the difference is easy to spot. Ryan Gosling has blonde hair. And Ryan Reynolds is a c***.’”
It wouldn’t seem like these kinds of star confusions would happen with a guy like Ryan Reynolds who has been about as recognizable a celebrity as we’ve had in recent years. That’s what happens when you headline the kind of major movies he’s been a part of. Though one could maybe be forgiven for not recognizing him in one of his best roles, that of Deadpool. He’s in full mask most of those time for those, though his demeanor still comes through loud and career. It’s been a big reason for the first two movies’ overwhelming success at the box office, totaling about $1.5 billion combined so far. We are still waiting for Deadpool 3 to hit the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time.
And this past year has also been a great one for the actor with a box office blockbuster and a streaming hit as well. Free Guy had a great summer run, earning $300+ million in theaters and crushed it with critics as well. And then there was Red Notice with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot which became the most-streamed movie Netflix has had to date. Maybe off this kind of success, Ryan Reynolds will start getting recognized a bit more.