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Watch: Ryan Reynolds shed tears of ‘maple syrup’ as he is honoured with prestigious Canadian award

28 Nov 2021 2 minute read
Ryan Reynolds. Picture by Dick Thomas Johnson (CC BY 2.0).

Ryan Reynolds shed tears of “maple syrup” after receiving a Governor General’s Award in Canada.

The Hollywood star and co-chair of Wrexham AFC was visibly moved as he watched a video of Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page performing an ode in his honour in recognition of the award.

Wrexham AFC tweeted its congratulations to the Deadpool actor, to which he replied with Wales flag emojis.

Reynolds posted a video of the new song which proclaimed “Canada loves you back” and showed the actor’s emotional reaction as he watched, wearing his new medal.

“A genuine Canadian icon, like Shatner or Alex Trebek, you’re almost as juicy as Bruno Gerussi and much better known in Quebec,” Page sings in one section of the humorous song.

With movies in the pipeline, he revealed last week that he would taking some time out of acting to focus on Wrexham FC which he co-owns with Rob McElhenney.

He told the Sunday Times: “I’m taking time off from making movies. Next year I’ll work on my businesses, including Wrexham AFC. I don’t mind if I’m called an entrepreneur rather than an actor.

“And I know I don’t invent things. I buy into things that are already excellent. Wrexham was already amazing when I came along.”


The award is part of Canada’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards and recognizes work of an extraordinary nature and significance in the performing arts by an individual artist or company in the past performance year.

The award statement praises Reynolds as one of Canada’s most “beloved and recognised actors”, and calls the Vancouver born star “a versatile and engaging performer with a charismatic and quirky persona”.

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