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Ryan Reynolds responds to B.C. premier's plea to help fight spread of COVID-19

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Aug 20, 2020 at 5:18 am PDT

Summary

Actor Ryan Reynolds tells B.C. Premier John Horgan he's not the right person to warn young people about COVID-19

Horgan made a public appeal to Reynolds and actor Seth Rogen to help encourage young people to avoid large social gather

According to new modelling data released by the province, B.C. reported 290 new cases in the past week

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After publicly asking the man who plays Deadpool for help in warning young people of the dangers of partying during the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C.’s premier got a tongue-in-cheek type of response from actor Ryan Reynolds.

In a voicemail style response on Twitter, Reynolds says he’s not the right person to help prevent young people from spreading COVID-19 after Horgan made a public appeal for the actor to get involved.

“Hey, Premier Horgan, Ryan Reynolds here. I got your message about the thing. I’m not sure it’s a great idea, frankly. People, I don’t think they want medical advice from guys like me, no sir,” says the 43-year-old actor, whose youthful credits include portraying comic book character Deadpool, the 2019 film Pokemon Detective Pikachu, and the ’90s teenage sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.

“Young folks in B.C., ya they are partying, which is, of course, dangerous, and they probably don’t know thousands of young people aren’t just getting sick from coronavirus,” he adds.

“Of course, it’s terrible that it affects our most vulnerable. B.C., that’s home to some of the coolest older people on earth. I mean, David Suzuki, he lives there, my mom. She doesn’t want to be cooped up in her apartment all day. ”

Reynolds jokes his mother would rather be out on Kits Beach looking for cute younger guys, but also had a more serious message.

“I hope that young people in B.C. don’t kill my mom, frankly, or David Suzuki, for that matter. Let’s not kill anyone. I think that’s reasonable.”

Reynolds, who rose to North American prominence after 2002’s Van Wilder: Party Liaison, also says he’s a poor example of responsibility for young people in B.C.

“I love parties. My favourite thing to do is just sit alone in my room with a glass of gin and the first 32 seasons of Gossip Girls. Now that’s a party. Threw my shoulder out the last time I did that.”

On Wednesday, Horgan called on Reynolds and Seth Rogan to get involved in encouraging smart behaviour during the pandemic as COVID-19 cases in B.C. continue to rise, especially among young people.

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“This is a callout to Deadpool right now. Ryan, we need your help up here. Get in touch with us. My number’s on the Internet. Seth Rogen, another outstanding British Columbian, we need to communicate with people who weren’t hearing us,” Horgan said. “The two of you alone could help us in that regard.”

The premier added the province is working on enlisting several prominent British Columbians and Canadians to help educate a demographic “that clearly isn’t hearing our message.”

According to new modeling data released by the province Thursday, B.C. reported 393 new cases in the past week. Cases among those aged 20 to 39 make up the majority of new cases since the end of June.