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Ryan Reynolds comes across as a pretty solid guy with a good sense of humour.
He clearly shares that trait with his wife, Blake Lively, and the two have made a habit of trading light-hearted barbs on social media.
For the people of Wrexham, and more particularly the supporters of Wrexham AFC, that is less important than their new owner looking after the best interests of the Welsh club.
Reynolds and Rob McElhenney (that guy from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) bought Wrexham AFC late last year, and are also executive producing an upcoming docuseries about it, Welcome to Wrexham.
Attention has been drawn to the club, and the town, once more after a massive Hollywood-style sign was erected on a slag heap over the weekend.
A slag heap is a hill or area of refuse from a mine or industrial site, and not whatever you were thinking.
Wrexham, it’s always been the Hollywood of Europe, apparently…
— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) August 15, 2021
— carl (@carl__wilson) August 15, 2021
PR Stunt of the Day:
Huge Hollywood-style sign appears over Wrexham in the wake of the takeover of Wrexham AFC by movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. pic.twitter.com/cYThT8C3hn
— Andrew Bloch (@AndrewBloch) August 17, 2021
It is a great stunt, which has been covered by media outlets around the world.
Not that Reynolds is taking any credit for it:
I wish I’d thought of that. But if I were to really dig into it, I wish I wasn’t someone who wished they’d thought of that.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 17, 2021
According to the BBC, it’s a bit of a whodunnit:
In a statement, a club spokesman said: “The sign is not, as far as we [are] all aware, anything to do with the football club.”
…Margaret Jones, who helps run the nearby Bersham Colliery mining museum, said she was also aware of the sign but had “no idea” who was behind it.
A spokeswoman for Wrexham council said: “This sign is nothing to do with the council although we are aware of it.”
Wrexham resident Michael Roberts said he saw six men putting up the sign.
Council worker Joe Edwards says he went up to the sign and asked the men there who was behind it, and they said “us”.
Edwards said they “weren’t anything to do with the council either”.
If I was behind it, I would also deny any involvement and lap up the PR for as long as it lasts.
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