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Ryan Reynolds Celebrates Rob McElhenney's Birthday with Hilarious “Titanic”-Inspired Prank Video

Reynolds surprised his Wrexham AFC co-chairman by unveiling a special work of art for his 47th birthday

<p>Getty;Courtesy of Maximum Effort</p> Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney alongside this year

Getty;Courtesy of Maximum Effort

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney alongside this year's birthday prank

Ryan Reynolds is celebrating Rob McElhenney’s 47th birthday in the traditional manner — with a prank!

Ahead of the actor's April 14 birthday, Reynolds — who is co-chairman of Welsh soccer club Wrexham AFC alongside McElhenney — shared a video celebrating the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star.

April 14 isn't just McElhenney's birthday, either — April 14, 2024, marks the 112th anniversary of the date the Titanic sank, as Reynolds, 47, explained in a hilarious video of himself speaking directly to the camera as he wore his Deadpool suit.


"So, for his big day this year, I financed an expedition to the ocean floor to retrieve a few bottles of Wrexham Lager, which was actually on that maiden voyage, to use in an epic birthday toast," he joked, referencing the real beer made by a company sharing the same name as his football club (which was served on the real 1912 Titanic voyage).

In the video, Reynolds showed clips of underwater footage of the Titanic vessel, before admitting that they couldn't find any of the lager.

"We searched and searched, and while unfortunately we didn't find any drinkable Wrexham Lager, what we did find was even more beautiful..."

In the video, he unveiled the real prank — a hand-drawn portrait of McElhenney in the style of Kate Winslet's nude drawing in the 1997 movie Titanic, featuring a shirtless image of the actor wearing the fictional Heart of the Ocean necklace.

<p>Courtesy of Maximum Effort</p> The drawing of Rob McElhenney, fresh off the Titanic

Courtesy of Maximum Effort

The drawing of Rob McElhenney, fresh off the Titanic

"So join me in celebrating the heart of our Wrexham AFC family by sending Rob all the birthday love we can," Reynolds continued, before introducing the team's partnership with printing company Vistaprint.

"But please, don't embarrass him by going to to purchase, gift and share items customized in all of Rob's splendor and soft, delicate chest hair," he joked.

Reynolds also announced that the drawing of McElhenney is set to hang in the Tŷ Pawb Gallery in Wrexham — an art museum in the Welsh city — among actual works of art.

"Just do as I am, and simply wish Rob a happy birthday," he finished the video. "We'll see you in League One."

Related: Ryan Reynolds Explains How to Pronounce Rob McElhenney's Name in Hilarious Birthday Tribute

This is just the latest in a series of escalating pranks between the Wrexham co-chairmen. Last year, Reynolds celebrated McElhenney's birthday through song — explaining how to pronounce the last name of his fellow actor and business partner.

As Reynolds crooned, "It's McElhenney," clips of the actor and prominent figures mispronouncing his last name are woven throughout the video.

In 2022, McElhenney honored Reynolds on his 46th birthday with the debut of the "Ryan Rodney Reynolds Memorial Blimp" — a red blimp with Reynolds' face as his Deadpool character without a mask.

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"A hideous, but surprisingly inexpensive way for the world to finally see Ryan Reynolds as he's meant to be seen," the actor said in a video at the time. The blimp then began to rise as McElhenney wished Reynolds a happy birthday and the team members clapped in the background.

Related: Rob McElhenney Celebrates Wrexham Co-Owner Ryan Reynolds' Birthday with 'Hideous' Blimp of His Face

This year's birthday prank comes on the heels of the announcement that Wrexham AFC was officially promoted to League One, the second-highest division of the English Football League.

"A few years ago, if you had told me I would be crying tears of joy over a football match taking place in North Wales, you would be @robmcelhenney,” Reynolds wrote on Instagram on April 13, celebrating the team's win and its promotion. “Congrats to @wrexham_afc and to my co-chairman in crime. Double up the town! This is the ride of our lives."

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