Ryan Reynolds got a real-life glimpse of the thrillers in which he often stars on Sunday (April 12) in Vancouver, becoming the victim of a hit and run in a car park. “While walking, Ryan was struck by a paparazzi driving a car through an underground parking garage,” publicist Leslie Sloane confirmed. “The man fled the scene. Ryan is okay.”
Ryan himself made light of the incident later on Sunday evening, when a reporter from CBC tweeted to ask him how he was doing after being hit by the car, and sent the star his phone number. “Put Beachcombers back on the air and I’ll call,” Ryan responded, referring to a popular Canadian TV series.
The Vancouver-born star has been back in his home city for several weeks filming upcoming superhero movie Deadpool.
Ryan, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Blake Lively, takes the lead role in the film. He plays former Special Forces operative Wade Wilson, who, after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, takes on the alter ego Deadpool to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Last month, Ryan posted a picture of himself in his full Deadpool costume, lying on a bear-skin rug in front of a fire in a spoof image of Burt Reynolds’ infamous naked centrefold for Cosmopolitan in the 1970s.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015
Underneath the photo, Ryan wrote: “ With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie.”
As well as working on his latest film, Ryan has been embracing fatherhood following the arrival of his daughter in December. Ryan and Blake have not showed off their baby girl, but Ryan did confirm her name during an interview on the Today show, after months of speculation.
“It’s Butternut Summer Squash,” joked the 38-year-old star. “ No, it’s out there. It’s James. Everyone knows.”
Ryan is clearly a doting dad; he described fatherhood as “the best” during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and revealed he had never expected to feel so protective over his daughter.
“I used to say to (Blake), ‘I would take a bullet for you. I could never love anything as much as I love you.’ I would say that to my wife,” he told the chat show host. “And the second I looked into that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby!”