The Hollywood actor owns several high-profile business ventures, but he still finds himself referencing football and providing information to Wrexham fans around the world.
Even when Ryan Reynolds is away from Racecourse Ground, the Hollywood star still prioritizes his Wrexham co-ownership over his other ventures.
In addition to his successful career as an actor, writer and producer, Reynolds has established a thriving business empire, including companies like Aviation Gin, Mint Mobile, marketing company Maximum Effort, 1Password software and Wealthsimple. He also co-owns the Alpine F1 team and Welsh football club, a focal point of the documentary series ‘Welcome to Wrexham’.
On Wednesday, Reynolds was awarded the Order of British Columbia in a private ceremony, the province’s highest honor, recognizing his extraordinary contributions. Prime Minister David Eby presented Reynolds with the certificate of appointment at the event. Despite the ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ crew’s request to film the ceremony, the 47-year-old actor refused.
In a recent interview with the Vancouver Sunshine, Reynolds immersed himself in his education in Vancouver, British Columbia. Even when speaking of its early years, Reynolds could not resist mentioning Wrexham, thus indicating its continuing importance.
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“I don’t remain indifferent to that,” Reynolds commented on the club’s promotion last season. “It’s football, anything can happen. It’s kind of a precarious situation day in and day out. We’re dealing with a lot of injuries at the moment.”
Reynolds’ choice of the term “soccer” rather than “soccer” reflects the cultural nuances shaped by his club’s ownership. Despite financial losses on investment, Reynolds embraced the city, expressing his passion and commitment.
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson has previously spoken about the difficult period the club experienced before the arrival of its new owner, highlighting the significant positive changes made by Reynolds and McElhenney. Parkinson confirmed the Hollywood duo’s active involvement in the club’s affairs but clarified that they do not interfere with the selection of the team’s roster.
When asked talkSPORT Parkinson said: “Absolutely. Ryan is going to be here for a while, over the next few months. Rob and Ryan are very interested in the players we sign and the team we select and have been watching every game since the America. and yes, they are really, really involved.”
Reynolds covered his achievements, charitable efforts and work prospects, but Wrexham remained the exclusive project on which he provided progress and updates. He confirmed that season 3 of ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ was filming and would air in April.
Reynolds and co-owner Rob McElhenney acquired the rights to the Wrexham property for around £2million. Despite initial losses, projections suggest they could sell the football club for around $10 million, which would indicate a substantial increase in profits. The duo’s positive impact on Wrexham’s match results, merchandise sales, social media presence and ticket sales has improved the club and the town.
Beyond ownership, Reynolds has gained recognition for his compassionate involvement with the club. He notably provided support to midfielder Anthony Forde, facilitating a second opinion after Forde was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. Subsequent evaluation brought relief, revealing that the tumor was benign.
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