On Saturday, Ryan Reynolds met Jay Fear, a 45-year-old terminally ill fan of the actor and his football team Wrexham AFC, at the Racecourse Ground. The star gave him a gift and an invitation to the film set of the latest part of the Deadpool series.
Diagnosed with incurable appendicitis in January this year, Jay Fear’s dream was to meet longtime idol Ryan Reynolds and watch at least one game for his Welsh side Wrexham AFC. Thanks to the involvement of social media users, the British organization Bucket List Wishes and the actor himself, both of these wishes were fulfilled on Saturday, April 22. Reynolds met Fear and his loved ones at the Racecourse Ground. During the conversation, the actor invited the 45-year-old from Southampton to the set of the film “Deadpool 3”, and also gave the man a signed glove that he wore during the filming of the previous part of the series. “Meeting Jay was amazing,” said the Canadian actor. “I wonder if I would have had the same unwavering joy from him if our roles were reversed,” he added.
Ryan Reynolds made Jay Fear’s dream come true
“(Jay) is a special person and his family is wonderful,” Reynolds said. Describing Fear, he added that while talking to him, he felt “how much his children and wife will miss him.” Fear did not hide his excitement from the meeting. “They say it’s better not to meet your idols, but this guy is an exception,” he told the BBC. The 45-year-old added that getting to know the actor was extremely important not only for himself, but also for members of his family. “I hope this becomes a memory they will never forget,” he said.
– I love Ryan Reynolds as soon as I saw him in “Forever Student”. I remember the first time I saw the movie, I thought this guy was really cool. The 45-year-old also admitted that since the Canadian actor became the co-owner of Wrexham AFC, he started supporting the team. In his opinion, after watching the documentary “Welcome to Wrexham”, showing the backstage of the takeover of the club, “it is impossible not to fall in love with this team”.
The community nurses taking care of him on a daily basis contributed to the realization of Fear’s dreams. They contacted members of the Bucket List Wishes (BCL) organization, which helps terminally ill people achieve their greatest desires. They, in turn, collected the funds needed to buy tickets for Saturday match Wrexham AFC vs Boreham Wood FC for Fear and his family members. Thanks to donors’ payments, their transport and accommodation were also paid for. The organization also helped arrange a meeting between Fear and Reynolds. “I know that words are not enough to express what you are going through right now, but I want you to know that I am with you,” the actor said in a video recorded before the meeting.
It is worth noting that Saturday’s match turned out to be a great celebration for all Wrexham fans – after winning the match, the team secured promotion to League Two, which is the fourth league in the UK.
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