Jake Gyllenhaal writes hilarious love letter about friend Ryan Reynolds

By Meaghan Wray

An unlikely off-screen love story has just begun, and Jake Gyllenhaal is smitten. While he was filming the intergalactic thriller Life with Ryan Reynolds, it’s clear that the two hit it off from the very beginning – and now, he’s taken to the pages of Variety to profess his undying love for his handsome Canadian BFF.

The 37-year-old is not one to gush over anyone in public ­­– for the most part, he keeps his life out of the limelight. But clearly, his bromance with the Deadpool star is a special circumstance. “I first met Ryan many years ago, and he struck me immediately as quick and warm and thoughtful, a gentleman in an era of foppish putzes, the unlikely love child of Mel Brooks and Dorothy Parker and Gary Cooper,” he wrote. “He was also taller than me. Against my better wishes, we became close friends.”

The two shared some laughs at the Life premiere in Texas. Photo: © Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW

The sweet letter continued: “Audiences got to know Ryan a bit through his work in a string of romantic comedies. He was undoubtedly charming and handsome (annoying), but he never quite had the space to fire on all cylinders. What we all want for our friends in this business is for the world to see what we see, and as actors, that only happens in a perfect storm of timing and the full luck. After years of waiting and struggling to fit his unfortunate, pear-shaped physique into the skinny jeans of a conventional romantic lead, Ryan made his own luck with Deadpool.”

The father of two, who’s happily married to A Simple Favor star Blake Lively, took a chance making the leap from romantic comedies to dark, vulgar-yet-loveable anti-hero Deadpool – but it appears to have paid off, and Jake sung his praises. “The remarkable success of Deadpool may have shocked the suits who took a chance on financing that ragtag superhero movie, but for the people who know and love Ryan, it was no surprise that the whole damn world rallied as soon as it had the chance to really see him: all of the edges and darkness, the crackerjack wit borne from a lifetime of sensitivity and sadness, and against all odds, the openness.” It can’t be easy making true friends in the industry, but it seems Ryan has an admiring pal for life in Jake.

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