Ryan Reynolds Surprises Fan With 100 Signed Copies of Movies

Ryan Reynolds has surprised a DVD shop owner and lifelong fan with more than 100 signed copies of the Hollywood star's own movies.

Movie buff Rob Clarke, 45, who runs Mad4Movies, in Wrexham, Wales, couldn't believe it when he got a message from the Deadpool actor on Twitter.

Clarke met Wrexham co-owner Reynolds last year while he was in town filming the Welcome to Wrexham documentary, set to air on Disney+ this month.

Clarke said he and his wife Blake Lively had been clearing out their office when they found the haul of old movies, and thought Rob might like them for his shop.

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Ryan Reynolds speaks on stage during "Embrace Next Generation Storytelling" on June 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. Reynolds gifted 100 DVDs of movies starring him and his wife to a fan in the U.K. Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

Clarke thought the message was a hoax at first until his wife Carrie, 38, told him it was real. The haul of 103 movies are all movies Reynolds and Lively have starred in, including Deadpool 2, The Age Of Adaline, The Rhythm Section and The Voices.

Clarke said he has no idea what the films are worth but plans to sell them for charity—and has earmarked some that he will keep for himself.

Clarke, who has been a Wrexham fan since the 1980s, said: "I got a notification on Twitter saying Ryan Reynolds has followed you back and then I saw I had a message from him.

"I didn't think it was real at first until I showed my wife—I thought someone might be having me on. He said he and Blake were having a clear out of their office and had found all these DVDs and thought of me.

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Wrexham co-owners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in Mad4Movies while the stars were filming a documentary in Wrexham, Wales in October 2021. Reynolds gifted several movie DVDs to his fan Rob Clarke. SWNS/Zenger/Rob Clarke

"They are mostly Blue Rays so he said they might not play in the UK but thought they would be cool to have in my shop. He said him and Blake had signed all of them, there were about 103 in total."

Clarke is raffling off the DVDs to raise money for a charity that supports people with the rare blood disorder called Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which his son Charlie, aged 8, was diagnosed with.

He is selling tickets locally for $6 with the draw set to be made on August 24. The first prize will include five films signed by Reynolds and Lively—including Deadpool 2, The Age Of Adaline, and The Rhythm Section.

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Rob Clarke, wife Carrie and sons Charlie (10) and Henry (6) at home with the DVDs, in an undated photo. Clarke was surprised by Ryan Reynolds with a 100 signed DVD copies of his own movies. (Rob ClarkeSWNS/Zenger) Rob Clarke/SWNS/Zenger

Clarke said: "I asked Ryan if it would be okay to sell them for charity and told him about my son. He said he was really sorry to hear about Charlie and thought it was a great idea to try and raise some money.

"It doesn't surprise me that he gave them to me, he is a really nice guy. I have always thought he is a likeable actor, he's funny and not scared to take the mick out of himself. Him and Blake are both down-to-earth, I feel like I can talk to Ryan like any other customer.

"I am going to keep a few of the DVDs, I have earmarked about 20 I'd like, but the rest I am going to raffle for charity. I have been inundated with messages from people who want to buy them but I don't really know what they are worth.

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Twitter DM from Ryan Reynolds. Clarke is planning to raffle the DVDs for charity. SWNS/Zenger/Twitter

"I am going to do a raffle locally first and then do a few others for a wider audience. I have been a Wrexham fan since the 1980s and we never have much to cheer about so there was a buzz when he bought the club.

"And it's been a whirlwind since. Him and Rob McElhenney visited the shop last October as part of the documentary they are making for Disney. He was a great guy and we had a good laugh, we spoke about footy and films."

Clarke is fundraising for the ITP Support Association.

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