Vancouver’s own quick-witted, hilariously self-deprecating and all-around hunk Ryan Reynolds was recently honoured by the Queen’s representative in Canada.
At a ceremony held Friday (Nov. 26), Reynolds received a Governor General's Award along with six other standout Canadians. Along with the award, Reynolds received a personal music video with an original song performed by Barenaked Ladies founder Steven Page.
“I'm not crying. It's just maple syrup,” the Deadpool star wrote on social media the following morning. “@stevenpage is a friend and legend for wasting this amazing song on me. Thank you to Her Excellency, @GGCanada, Mary Simon. #GGAwards @CanadasNAC I'm a wreck.”
Page’s music video featured many organizations and groups that Reynolds has supported financially or lent his talents to over the years. Also featured are the Sedin twins wearing matching Reynolds jerseys alongside Canucks legend Stan Smyl.
The song, which lets Reynolds know that Canadians indeed love him back, concludes with a heartfelt message from Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, ambassador for Reconciliation Canada.
“We live in troubled times and if there was ever a time that we need to work together, to acknowledge each other and be closer to one another […], this is the time. And so we are grateful that once again that through the generosity of Canadians like Ryan we are able to do this work that brings people together.”
After the video ends Reynolds appeared to be genuinely speechless for a few moments before calling it “stunning”.
“That made me cry,” he said while removing his glasses to wipe a tear away. “I guess I’ve made it.”