Ryan Reynolds' blockbuster flick Deadpool broke records at the box office, but according to its leading man, the movie's real success rests in the camaraderie that young cancer patients have found with the flawed superhero.
"A lot of kids have been reaching out because they look up to Deadpool. They love this character Wade Wilson because he's basically given his diagnosis and flips like a bird, and that's something a lot of these guys and girls really relate to," said the actor during a press conference for the film's DVD release on May 10. "I got to spend a lot of time with these kids and do a lot of things with Make-A-Wish Foundation."
One of the children that Ryan forged a special bond with is 13-year-old Edmonton-native Connor McGrath. The actor surprised the young comic book fan with a special screening of Deadpool in his hospital room. He later shared a memorable picture from the get-together on Facebook alongside a heartfelt letter encouraging fans to help his new friend “put cancer in his rearview mirror” by donating to a crowdfunding campaign.
Ryan admits he is still trying to figure out a way to make hospital visits even more exciting for his brave fans. "I always want to wear the suit when I go into the hospital, but the problem is that the suit is mostly weapons," he said, noting, "Captain America has a shiny shield, Thor has a semi-non threatening hammer, but I have like katanas and semi-automatic pistols, which is not something you go through the metal detector of a hospital in."
Still, thanks to the powerful impact his character is having on the lives of so many, Ryan says that he feels like he is wearing his superhero suit everyday.