Ryan Reynolds was able to turn a big-screen anti-hero into a real-life hero by using Deadpool to grant a young boy’s wish.
The 38-year-old actor posted pictures capturing the memorable moment on his official Instagram page Friday.
According to this caption, the young boy (Tony Acevedo) is currently battling with Hodgkin’s disease and asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation to meet Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds did not just meet him dressed from head-to-toe as Deadpool. By allowing the young boy to wear parts of his character’s costume, he essentially took the granting of his wish to an even higher level.
“Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. I wasn’t expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile… and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed. Tony’s next fight is with Hodgkin’s Disease. Hodgkin’s Disease best be wearing its brown pants. Huge thanks to @makeawishamerica.”
Make-a-Wish focuses on granting the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. According to the organization’s website, it averages one granted wish every 38 minutes — believing that “a wish experience can be a game-changer” that changes the lives of each kid that is served.
By granting young Tony’s wish, Ryan Reynolds allowed Deadpool — a villain known for mostly doing bad things — to finally do something great.
— The Heroic Universe (@HeroicUniverse) May 21, 2015
This is not the first time that Ryan Reynolds has gone above and beyond to use the Marvel Comics anti-hero to please a young fan.
Last week, Reynolds took a picture with a teenage girl that he called the “world’s greatest Deadpool fan.”
In his Instagram post, Reynolds mentions that 16-year-old Calista King was provided with a very unique experience when she visited the set of the highly-anticipated film as well. Young Calista received a walk-on role in the expletive-filled movie and apparently did not go home empty-handed.
“Sure, we put her in the film. Sure, I said a lot of terrible words around her. And her mother. And especially her grandmother. But more importantly, she left with Deadpool’s sword. I can’t think of a better person to have it.”
Ryan Reynolds will not debut Deadpool on the big-screen until the Tim Miller-directed film is released in theaters in February, 2016. However, he apparently is not letting that delay stop him from using Deadpool to change lives and inspire fans even when the camera is off.
[Image Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images & Ryan Reynolds Instagram]