My name is Ryan Reynolds, but I won't be signing any autographs

Whenever someone asks for my business card, I’m flattered. Then I remember they only want it to laugh at my name. 

It all started in 2011 when Green Lantern came out. 

Ryan Reynolds was famous before then of course, having starred in blockbusters like The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe – but the soppy, romance stuff isn’t my cup of tea, and I hadn’t heard of him. 

But when the DC Comic adaptation came out, I went to the cinema to watch it after my friend let me know I shared a name with the main actor. 

I was pleased to know there was someone famous with my name, and I thought he was kind of cool – even if the film wasn’t great. 

Since then, I’ve felt obliged to follow his career and I have seen most of his films, with Deadpool definitely being my favourite. 

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As soon as that film came out it felt like everyone I met clocked the connection between me and its star. 

Before I knew it, whenever I introduced myself to new people, I got responses like, ‘It’s an honour to meet you, Deadpool’. 

That, or the more elaborate critique of: ‘You were great in Deadpool, but Green Lantern is pants. Your acting skills need a little work and you should choose the films you star in more carefully, rather than just going for the money’. 

I appreciate their feedback, before telling them I won’t be signing autographs. 

Whenever I comment underneath articles or on posts on Twitter I get bombarded with Deadpool memes and gifs, and my friends call me by the Marvel Comics character’s name. 

Even the managing director at work does, too. 

I can see how some people could find it annoying, but I find it all really funny and enjoy the jokes. 

I dressed up as him for my 20th birthday and sported a Deadpool themed Christmas jumper to the work party. 

I might as well embrace it as with the third film of the series in the works, there is no chance that the nickname is going away anytime soon! 

The one comment that seems to never get old is when people tell me I’m not as ‘built’ as my namesake in the film. I brush it off and say, ‘neither is he’. 

There have been a few awkward instances that have come from the whole thing, like when my girlfriend’s parents decided they were going to watch the film, after finding out that people call me Deadpool. It’s fair to say they were rather shocked by the crude-talking antihero. 

Or when a manager at work pulled me up on stage to introduce myself as Ryan Reynolds and give a little speech about my name without warning! But I generally take it all in my stride. 

The most common question I get at the moment is what ‘my’ plans are for Wrexham Assocation Football Club – which Reynolds and Rob McElhenney recently won a bid to buy – and which players I plan to sign.

It’s taught me that The Hitman’s Bodyguard star is always going to keep me on my toes with his life choices! 

By now I’m used to pulling my ID out when people don’t believe that Ryan Reynolds is really my name. 

The funniest time had to be when I was in A&E for a football injury and the doctors thought I was out of it and giving a fake name when concussed! 

But I’ve also had to bring out my driving license when it comes to booking restaurants or hotel rooms. One time I turned up for dinner and they let me know that they had been expecting the more famous Ryan to make an appearance – but we had a good laugh about it. 

They ended up giving me a great table and I had the best service of my life. 

It helps that Ryan Reynolds seems like a top bloke. He’s hilarious and he’s done a lot of charity work, which makes me think he’s a genuine and kind person.

It’s no wonder people are intrigued when they hear what I’m called!

Sharing a name with him hasn’t caused me any problems yet, and I have no plans of changing it. 

I still like to think I’m the original Ryan Reynolds – but if he wants to argue that, I think the only solution would be for us to set up a Zoom call and hash it out.

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