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Ryan Reynolds is clearly talented, funny and – let's face it – gorgeous, but how much do we really know about the man behind Deadpool? Here are 10 things you may not know about Mr. Reynolds.

Not a Fan of Flying

Reynolds had a mishap with a parachute during a skydiving trip resulting in a fear of flying. He overcame this fear while filming Green Lantern due to the wire work that was demanded of him.

Drama Class Fail

He has proven time and time again that he is a phenomenal actor across virtually every genre of film, but drama class was not for him. Reynolds flunked out of drama class.

Canadian Soap Opera

Ryan's acting credits include some serious tough guy roles and a lot of goofy rom-coms, but that's not where he got his start. His acting debut was on a Canadian soap opera called Hillside as the adorable Billy.

A Whole Lot of Makeup

In the 2005 rom-com, Just Friends, Reynolds played the sweet Chris Brander who has been in love with his best friend Jamie (played by Amy Smart) since high school. His character was a bit chubby in his high school days, and to play the younger version of Chris, Reynolds had to pack on 12 pounds of makeup. He was so unrecognizable that he played a prank on a fan by pretending like he was not himself.

Canadian Love

He was engaged to fellow Canadian, musician Alanis Morissette. The pair called off their engagement in June of 2006.


He sustained a pretty serious injury to his back in 2002 after jumping off of a bridge while on vacation in Zurich, Switzerland during. It's safe to say that he is quite accident prone; he damaged a spinal disc, suffered two separated shoulders, and sustained a painful neck injury while filming other films.

Beast Mode

Reynolds went from twig to beast for his role as Hannibal King in 2004's Blade: Trinity; he put on 25 pounds in just 3 months. His rigorous workout was 6 days a week and he consumed 3,200 calories a day. You can give Ryan's beast mode workout a try thanks to Men's Health Magazine.

"Ryan Doesn't Like Us"

Reynolds took his role as George Lutz in 2005's Amityville Horror so seriously that he chose not to get close to the actors playing his children in the film. He wanted to remain distant so that when it was time for his character to go off the deep end, it would be easier for him to act abusive towards them. They thought he really didn't like them.

Don't Put Him in a Box

When he starred in the 2010 film Buried he began to suffer from claustrophobia due to being locked in a coffin during filming. As the filming days went on, the coffin began filling more and more with sand leaving him even less room to move and breathe.

Sunnydale High School

Ryan was offered the role of the goofy yet lovable Xander Harris on the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The role ended up going to Nicholas Brendan, who did an excellent job, but I can't help but wonder as a fan what the show would have been like had Reynolds have gotten the role.

As if we didn't already know he was awesome, these facts make it even easier to be a Ryan Reynolds fan. He's not only an incredible actor, he is also a pretty relatable person.

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