Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on Wrexham ownership
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Ryan Reynolds appears on The Jonathan Ross Show tonight as part of a star-studded line up. Tonight’s guests are Mr Reynolds, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Gal Gadot, Michael McIntyre, Aisling Bea, Rob Delaney and comedian Fatiha El-Ghorrias. If that wasn’t already enough, the world’s biggest music star Ed Sheeran pops in for a chat and to perform.
Mr Reynolds appears alongside The Rock and Ms Gadot after Friday’s release of new film ‘Red Notice’ .
He recently announced that he will take a break from acting after the completion of work on the Christmas musical Spirited, set for release next year.
The Deadpool star swapped Hollywood for Maidenhead recently, as he and Rob McElhenney took in their first live match as owners of Wrexham AFC.
The pair’s shock takeover was completed in February and they finally made it to British shores last week to visit Wales and meet the players in the flesh.
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They watched the Red Dragons away at Maidenhead, before taking in a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse Ground against Torquay.
They also attended a training session, and McElhenney even laced up his boots to join in.
The pair spoke to the Welsh side’s YouTube channel after mixing with the players.
Reynolds said: “As quickly as was humanly possible we wanted to dissolve whatever weird barrier there was between us and them.
“And that goes two ways. I’m in awe when I sit there and go ‘there’s Paul Mullin, there’s Aaron Hayden, there’s Jamie Reckord’.
“So I’m a little geeked out as well because I’ve been watching these guys from a YouTube feed from afar.
“For me, I was stuttering a little with them once I met them face-to-face.”
The pair, used to rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, have endeared themselves to fans with their willingness to get stuck in.
In a press conference last week, Reynolds said he and McElhenney “love telling the story of a working class club and a working class town”.
Reynolds delighted fans and media alike by reciting the first line of the Welsh national anthem.
He said Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is “one of the most beautiful anthems in the world”.
The pair added Wrexham is “not a toy” and have ambitions to reach the promised land of the Premier League, all while keeping the community at the heart of the club.
Reynolds said: “I don’t understand why we can’t get to the Premier League. We have the structure here. Why not dream big?”
McElhenney admitted training with the Wrexham players was a “dream come true”. He said: “I tried out for every single team you could possibly try for.”
He explained he never had “that natural ability” and was “always small and under-sized”.
Neither Reynolds nor McElhenney had met the players in person before, so jumped straight in at the deep end.
McElhenney said: “You want to break down that barrier because the last eight months has just been stories about us from afar.
“Maybe they watch our TV shows and movies, maybe they don’t. But it’s all just stuff they’ve read or heard.
“They’ve never really interacted with us so we thought the best way to do that was to just jump right in and try to have as much fun as possible.”
Wrexham sit 13th in the National League currently after an underwhelming start to the season.
Both Reynolds and McElhenney have said the aim for this season is promotion to the Football League.
Reynolds features on the Jonathan Ross Show tonight, which airs at 9.30pm on ITV. It will also be available on ITV Player.
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