Hugh Jackman is familiar with roles in musical adaptations, he almost won an Oscar for one of his roles in 2013. Now acting buddy Ryan Reynolds could also rake in a golden boy for a musical performance - much to Jackman's displeasure.
It's rare for actors to beg the Academy not to nominate a certain cast member for an Oscar. But that's exactly what Hugh Jackman has done publicly. The 54-year-old captioned an Instagram video asking that Ryan Reynolds and his performance on the song "Good Afternoon" from the musical comedy Spirited not be nominated for Best Song. The Academy last included the song in their shortlist of 15 songs for a nomination at the 95th Academy Awards in March. Reynolds appears in the film opposite Will Ferrell.
"If Ryan Reynolds got a Best Song nomination, it would make the next year of my life unbearable. I have to spend a year with him to shoot Wolverine and Deadpool. Trust me, it would be impossible. It would be a problem," says Jackman. Finally, he pleads again: "Please, please, from the bottom of my heart, don't endorse Ryan Reynolds in that way."
The call should not be meant that seriously. For years, the actor friends have been teasing each other publicly. Reynolds, of course, disagrees. He self-deprecatingly responded to the video by saying, "I don't see it that way. I think the deepfakes who sang and danced for Will [Ferrell] and I would love to perform at the Oscars."