Ryan Reynolds reveals first viewer of Deadpool was youngster battling cancer
Ryan Reynolds has revealed the first person to see 'Deadpool' was his young "friend" Connor McGrath who is battling cancer.
The 39-year-old actor travelled to Edmonton, Canada, to show Connor - who is battling High Risk A.L.L., a form of childhood leukaemia - to show him his superhero movie before anyone else in the world because he is such a huge fan of the Marvel Comics character, who gains his special powers after undergoing an experimental mutation treatment to cure his own cancer.
In a Facebook post, Reynolds - who plays the titular character in the movie - said: "Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls. This is my friend, Connor McGrath. He's quite possibly the biggest #Deadpool fan on earth. He was also the first person ever to see the 'Deadpool' film. Like Wade Wilson, Connor's trying to put cancer in his rear-view mirror. About 6 weeks ago, I travelled to Edmonton Alberta to show Connor the movie at his hospital. Of course, the Deadpool was right up his alley because Connor's the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I've ever met.
He's my friend. I know lots of celebrities jump up and down touting a cause - and maybe I'm no different. But holy frozen s**t-slivers, I love this kid. He's the GREATEST. (sic)"
Reynolds - who is married to Blake Lively, with whom he has 14-month-old daughter James - shared the post to raise awareness of Connor's Crowdfunding campaign to bring in funds to pay for the life-saving treatment he needs.
The Hollywood superstar has personally donated to Connor's fund which currently stands at $20,000 and has a $800,000 goal.