‘What About a Collab?’ Reynolds Ignites K-Pop Fans After Offering to Get Bang Chan a ‘Deadpool’ Mask


by Svetlana Ekimenko

Earlier Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds generated an enthusiastic global response among K-Pop fans after taking to Twitter on Sunday to reveal that he had fulfilled a cherished wish by Bang Chan, the lead vocalist and producer of the South Korean boy-band Stray Kids, and was shipping him an autographed bottle of Reynolds’ Aviation Gin.

In a combo guaranteed to ignite social media, the South Korean K-Pop group Stray Kids and Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, known for his stellar performance as Deadpool, ‘the Merc with a Mouth’, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, have been trending on Twitter again.

After a “Deadpool”-inspired performance in the latest episode of “Kingdom” on Mnet K-POP, where one of the lead singers of the band donned a non-official merchandise replica Deadpool mask, the official account of the movie had tweeted that they were okay with allowing it.

Pretty sure this is not officially licensed merchandise @stray_kids but we’ll allow it! pic.twitter.com/uVnoOEUwAn

— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) May 23, 2021

​In response, Ryan Reynolds commented on Twitter, “Let’s get him a real mask.”

Let’s get him a real mask.

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 24, 2021

​K-Pop fans went wild, warmly embracing the idea of their idol Chan possibly even “collaborating” with the famous actor.

It feels like a dream I still can’t believe it. Yes Mr Reynolds, let’s get a real mask for Channie 🙏🏻. What a right decision he made by choosing you role model. You are so cute 🤭.
Big hug from Deadpool… Oh sorry from Chanpool 💕💕 pic.twitter.com/IYwxkoIATZ

— VRLee /STAY/ (@VRLee_) May 24, 2021

Next time, when the pandemic ended, I hope you can guest in Chan’s room

— meowsung ♡ ror (@cheeksniHan) May 24, 2021

What about a collab? ㅇㅅㅇ

— Luffy 🌸 (@Ahgastayy) May 24, 2021

Oh Ryan! Chan would be very happy about that! Thank you so much! ☺️☺️

— Lor lvs fabi 🦆 (@Lllpskz) May 24, 2021

Ryan, are you ever going to go To South Korea and give him the mask personally? 🤧😫

— ♕︎ Stray Kids ALL FOR ONE (@StayAllInOne) May 24, 2021

First you’re giving him a mask, next he’s producing a song with his others 7 members for deadpool 3 😎

— lov reynolds&hyunjin (@SPEARBCORE) May 24, 2021

AND GIVE FELIX TOO! pic.twitter.com/nwwtKcWR0Y

— ٓ (@YONGB0KY) May 24, 2021

​Ryan Reynolds, 44, of ‘Wolverine’ fame, had set the whole thing off over the weekend by simply giving a Twitter shout-out of support after seeing a clip of the group’s Deadpool-inspired performance on Kingdom: Legendary War, via Mnet K-POP.

The outfit had opened up with their hit song “God’s Menu” combined with a track by South Korean girl band BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU”. For the opening, lead singer had put on a Deadpool mask and re-enacted an iconic scene from the Marvel Comics-inspired superhero film.


— 리노 (@Ieeknow) May 20, 2021

@VancityReynolds https://t.co/KrVwtW2ATH

— 리노 (@Ieeknow) May 20, 2021

​The performance was studded with minor references to the Deadpool epic.

Oh hello @stray_kids

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 20, 2021

Ryan Reynolds responded by posting a brief “hello” on Twitter, and tagging the band on 20 May.

The reaction from the superhero actor, who turned out to be an idol of lead singer and producer of the band, Bang Chan (birth name Christopher Bang) prompted the 23-year old to reveal in a livestream over the weekend that he was blown away by the acknowledgement.

“I did not expect the one — the almighty one, the one — the Ryan Reynolds to actually see our performance. That was actually crazy. I was really lost for words,” the Australian singer, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, told fans.

Chan also shared with his admirers that he would love to get an autograph from the Hollywood star, also famous for his appearance in various comedies such as The Proposal and Just Friends.

After learning of the broadcast, Ryan Reynolds uploaded a photo with an autographed bottle of gin from Aviation American Gin, a company which he is a co-owner of. He wrote, “First, I have your autograph right here, Bang Chan. Will send to you this week. Second, as a new Stray Kids fan, can I get an autograph?”

Two things.

First, I have your autograph right here, Bang Chan. Will send to you this week.

Second, as a new @Stray_Kids fan, can I get an autograph? #NewFavouriteAustralian pic.twitter.com/uoiwTthoHp

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 23, 2021

​Ryan Reynolds followed Stray Kids’ official account on Twitter.



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