Long before Ryan Reynolds became an A-list superstar and brought Deadpool to live-action life, he appeared on an early episode of The X-Files.
Long before Ryan Reynolds became an A-list superstar and brought Deadpool to live-action life, he appeared on an early episode of The X-Files. Reynolds had been toiling away in Hollywood for awhile before finally becoming an A-list superstar as The Merc with a Mouth, starring in wacky comedies like Van Wilder, romantic comedies like The Proposal, and less than stellar superhero films like Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and of course, 2011’s Green Lantern. Reynolds himself was personally popular, but it took until Deadpool for his career to truly click.
Before even the movies mentioned above though, the Canadian actor spent time appearing on TV, starring in the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, putting in two appearances on The Outer Limits, and of course, guesting on The X-Files. Filmed in Canada for its first five seasons, The X-Files played host to lots of young and veteran talent operating within the country, and a quite youthful Reynolds was part of that lot.
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While Reynolds’ X-Files role wasn’t a big one, he’s one of many future stars that would pass through the genre-defining 1990s program, with some other names including Bryan Cranston, Jack Black, and Donal Logue. Here’s what the future Deadpool got up to.
Ryan Reynolds’ X-Files Role Explained: Did He Survive The Episode?
Ryan Reynolds appeared in the season 3 X-Files episode titled “Syzygy,” which refers to an astronomical alignment of three celestial bodies. The episode is a standalone “monster of the week” tale, although there’s no real monster to be found, as the villains are two vindictive teenage girls bursting with cosmic energy due to the alignment. The girls’ victims are thought to be the work of a Satanic cult, and the episode opens with a eulogy being given to a dead student. Afterward, the girls get a ride home from mournful jock Jay “Boom” Deboom, played by Reynolds.
The girls get “Boom” alone, and the next day, he’s found hanging, appearing to have died by suicide. Considering he was just eulogizing his best friend the night before, one can’t blame the cops for seeing suicide as likely. While Reynolds is only on The X-Files for the first few minutes of this episode, he makes a good impression for what little he’s given to do. Boom’s eulogy is kind of hilarious, as the jock can’t seem to fully allow himself to express the feelings of grief he’s dealing with, trying not to let his emotions get the better of him. One does wonder why he doesn’t find the girls off-putting though, as they don’t exactly come off as sincere with their concern.
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