Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds revealed that he was mistaken for Ben Affleck at his local New York pizza joint. During a recent appearance on the Dear Hank & John Podcast, Reynolds shared this hilarious story stating that he has never corrected those people.
Ryan Reynolds gets mistaken for Ben Affleck at local pizza parlor, says ‘I’ve never corrected them’
“There's a pizza place in the East Village in New York that I've been going to for years,” Reynolds said on the podcast. “They believe I'm Ben Affleck and I've never corrected them.” When pointed out this kind of situation could become a problem if it's not addressed quickly enough, Reynolds agreed, quipping he felt like "it would not go over well" if he actually admitted he wasn't the Boston-bred Affleck.
However, Reynolds also made it clear that although he plays along, he doesn't use the mistaken identity to his advantage. “I don't accept anything ― like they're not giving me free pizza based on this factor,” he quipped. “I do everything normal, just like everyone else. They just think I'm Ben Affleck. They'll ask how J.Lo is — 'great, good' — get my pizza and off I'll go.”
It may seem random to mistake Ryan Reynolds for Affleck, but it's not the first time they've been mixed up. In 2015, a fan asked on Twitter if anyone could tell the two apart. Reynolds, of course, had fun at the fan's expense, quote-tweeting it and saying, "Mom, please get off Twitter. Now."
Mom, please get off Twitter. Now. https://t.co/bcRJDxe8cH
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 27, 2015
"What I think makes it believable is I look mildly sort of put out that they're asking me this again about my life and the movies," Reynolds said about his pizza parlor situation. "When I leave, I think they're like, 'I don't think Ben Affleck is amused by us and our questions.'"
The hosts joked that he was now ruining Affleck's reputation. They also discussed another mistaken identity issue concerning that other Ryan Gosling — a far more common occurrence. “Years ago, I used to play fast and loose a little bit more on Twitter. These days, I'm a little bit more reserved,” he said in response to a fan question about getting the two mixed up, recalling how he once answered the question on Twitter.
“I said, and I would never say this today, 'Well, the difference is easy to spot. Ryan Gosling has blond hair and Ryan Reynolds is a c---," Reynolds shared.
On the work front, Ryan Reynolds starred in three films in 2021. The first, Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, is an action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O'Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy.
Beginning April 2019, Reynolds shot his second 2021 film, science fiction action comedy Free Guy, directed by Shawn Levy, from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and a story by Lieberman. Also featuring Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery and Taika Waititi, the film was theatrically released in the United States on August 13 by 20th Century Studios.
In his last film of the year, Reynolds starred alongside Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Netflix's thriller Red Notice, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
In October 2021, Reynolds announced he was taking "a little sabbatical" from his work after the production of Spirited.
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