After almost three decades after making his film debut, Paul Rudd has finally been named the “Sexiest Man Alive” for the year 2021 by People Magazine. Wasting no time to react on the news, former winner Ryan Reynolds joked on Twitter that Rudd’s photo used on the cover of the magazine was actually taken while the Ant-Man star was getting cozy with Reynolds. Moreover, Ryan made an appearance on TODAY to promote and support his new film Red Notice on Netflix, allowing the actor to have some fun at the distinction he received and how differently he would have handled the honor if he got it at his current age. With Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool now both under the Disney umbrella, fans are hoping to see more of this fun banter being brought to life in a future MCU film.
When asked about Reynolds’ response to the honor received by Rudd, the actor tweeted saying, “That’s my right arm he’s lying on.”
Here’s the tweet by Ryan Reynolds:
That’s my right arm he’s lying on.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 10, 2021
“I just heard about this this morning. I’m very excited. I think that this opportunity will be wasted on him, like so many before him,” Reynolds elaborated on TODAY. “He’s going to play it shy. He’s going to play it bashful, humble. If I know what I knew now, I wouldn’t. You got to seize this opportunity.”
He added, “If I got it now, I’m not saying I would leave my family, but they would need to go on without me. I would roam the world clutching my dog-eared People magazine, going from town to town, sewing my wild oats like some sort of nude, magical gardener. It would be amazing.”
Ryan Reynolds Appeared On TODAY To Promote ‘Red Notice’
Reynolds made an appearance on TODAY to promote his upcoming film Red Notice, which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. Johnson was also named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People in 2016.
Offering a final piece of advice, Reynolds told Rudd, Don’t blow this, Rudd. If you’re there, do not blow this opportunity. Run like the wind.”
Paul Rudd is the latest in the line of superheroes to have been given this honor. Fellow winners also include Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Michael B. Jordan, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Batman actor George Clooney, and Ben Affleck.
Red Notice will hit selected theaters and will stream on Netflix from November 12th.