Rob McElhenny celebrated his Welcome to Wrexham co-star Ryan Reynolds’ birthday in a hilarious and memorable way. McElhenny is best known for his work on the foul-mouthed FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, though he has also achieved success with his Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest. Ryan Reynolds got his start in the TV sitcom world as well with shows like Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, but since then he has become one of Hollywood’s A-list movie stars, appearing in tentpoles like the video game comedy Free Guy, the Marvel comics franchise Deadpool (which is now officially part of the MCU), and the Netflix sci-fi film The Adam Project.
While the performers are an unlikely duo, they recently lit up the small screen in their docuseries Welcome to Wrexham, which premiered on FX on August 24. The 18-episode series followed the exploits of both actors after they made the unexpected decision to buy the Welsh association football club Wrexham A.F.C. They officially became co-owners in February 2021, and the series follows the tumultuous adventures of the inexperienced managers attempting to help the historically significant club (which was founded in 1864) recover its former glory while also enacting positive change in the local community.
On his official Twitter account, McElhenney celebrated Reynolds’ birthday with a very special video. In the clip, he explains that he wanted the players to run out of a giant inflatable Ryan Reynolds’ mouth at their next game, but when they refused he turned his co-chairman into a blimp featuring Reynolds’ make-up scarred face in character as Deadpool. Reynolds quote tweeted the video, telling McElhenney to « expect my formal response on April 14th, 2023, » his co-chairman’s 46th birthday.
While much of the Welcome to Wrexham series focuses on the foolhardy nature of Reynolds and McElhenney’s decision to buy the club, it is a gamble that has clearly paid off. For one thing, they ultimately accomplished their goal. The club has been rising in the National League rankings since they took over, becoming 2nd runners-up in the 2021-2022 season.
Welcome to Wrexham has also been a success as a television series in and of itself. Perhaps spurred on by audiences that are primed to care about football clubs thanks to the immense success of the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso, the show has drawn in a vocal audience around the world. They will even be returning with Welcome to Wrexham season 2, coming soon.
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The head and mouth are to scale, but the eyes are 50% more dreamy in real life. Happy Birthday @vancityreynolds from the @Wrexham_AFC Racecourse. pic.twitter.com/9cGqQzOQLE— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) October 23, 2022