Ryan Reynolds Gets Emotional Watching Musical Tribute 'Canada Loves You Back': 'Made Me Cry'
Canada just brought Ryan Reynolds to tears.
The 45-year-old actor got emotional while watching a music video featuring Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page which honored Reynolds as he received one of his home country's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Friday.
Page appears in the hilarious and sweet video singing "Canada Loves You Back," a tune dedicated to the Vancouver native and Red Notice star, who won the National Arts Centre Award. According to the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards website, the National Arts Centre Award "recognizes work of an extraordinary nature and significance in the performing arts by an individual artist and/or company in the past performance year."
"Of all the Canadian Ryans, you've gotta be in our top three. We'll drink American gin when your team in Wales wins and tell everyone you're from B.C.," Page sings in the clip, which was spliced on Instagram next to footage of Reynolds watching.
"Canada Loves You Back" also features Canadian actor William Shatner, in addition to volunteers from charitable groups Reynolds has supported.
In the footage, Reynolds was instantly emotional when Shatner, 90, appears in the video and the dad of three is labeled "a genuine Canadian icon like Shatner or Alex Trebek."
"Wow, that was stunning. I mean, that made me cry. I guess I made it. That was pretty crazy," said Reynolds after watching the tribute, which was part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards televised special.
"Last night Canada [honored] me with a Governor General's Award and this video. I'm not crying. It's just maple syrup," Reynolds wrote on Instagram, Saturday.
He continued, "Also, it's worth noting @stevenpage is not only a friend but an absolute legend. He wasted this perfectly awesome song on me. Thank you to Her Excellency, The Right Honourable @governorgeneralcanada, Mary Simon. Thank you to the @nac.cna for keeping the performing arts alive and well throughout Canada and being a champion for voices which have been historically silenced or overlooked."
Celebrities were quick to praise Reynolds in the comments of the post.
His Red Notice costar, Dwayne Johnson, wrote, "Awww bubba, that was special. That was very, very special. 🥃 🇨🇦."
Wrote LeVar Burton, "So well deserved!!! Congratulations, brother!!"
Added pal (and sometimes faux frenemy) Hugh Jackman, "Seriously. Really. Seriously. Well done, CANADA."