Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds have a reputation for being two of Hollywood’s nicest guys. The pair have, however, also been embroiled in an online mud-slinging match for quite some time. And in late 2018 Jackman took things to the next level when he released a savage video all about Reynolds.
Of course, feuds among Hollywood celebs are nothing new. They are, in fact, almost as commonplace as glitzy award shows and opening nights. And while social media has certainly made the fights of the rich and famous more public than ever before, major stars have actually been taking aim at each other since long before the internet even existed.
For instance, one of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity disputes came courtesy of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The legendary actresses allegedly fell out in 1935 after both women had fallen in love with Franchot Tone. Yet despite Crawford bagging the actor, the two women’s spat apparently lasted for decades and even inspired the FX television series Feud.
And if we fast-forward to the new millennium, showbiz squabbles have arguably found their natural medium: reality television. One of the biggest reality shows of the noughties was, in fact, The Simple Life. This was a program starring best buddies and Hollywood socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
As the pair’s profiles began to grow, though, cracks apparently emerged in their relationship. It was reported that Richie was even jealous that Hilton was getting more attention than her. So in 2005, when the hotel heiress was invited onto Saturday Night Live alone, Richie seemingly organized a screening of the comedy show. Instead, however, she allegedly screened Hilton’s infamous sex tape.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hilton was reportedly “very hurt” by Richie’s alleged actions. And as a result, she even released a statement on her rift with Richie. In it, she scathed, “It’s no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it.”
Hilton and Richie aren’t the only reality show stars to have fallen victim of a public fall out, though. In 2007, for instance, Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag of The Hills fame also parted ways from each other. This apparently occurred as a result of Montag’s then-boyfriend Spencer Pratt circulating gossip that Conrad and her ex Jason Wahler had created a sex tape.
Both Conrad and Wahler subsequently denied the rumors. Writing on her website, the reality star said, “Jason and I would like to make it clear that we did not make a tape with us having sex. Jason and I are both shocked and hurt that people would say such horrible things about us.”
So Conrad apparently fell out with Montag, believing that she or Pratt had spread the sex tape rumors. At first, though, the couple denied that they had been behind the gossip. But in 2015 Pratt – by then Montag’s husband – came clean and admitted that he had, in fact, sparked the story. But he also maintained that the sex tape had actually existed.
In an interview with Complex, Pratt explained, “Lauren is a cold-hearted killer. That’s what people don’t get. She will cut you in your sleep. She tried to destroy us. If you want to throw missiles, I’m throwing a nuke. This is how I operate.”
But a couple of years after Conrad and Pratt’s falling out, a new celebrity feud took hold. This one began at 2009’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York. There, rapper Kanye West infamously crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award.
Grabbing the mic from the then-19-year-old singer, West announced, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish. But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!”
West was evidently miffed that Swift’s “You Belong With Me” video had won the award over Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” video. But it seemed that even Beyoncé herself was mortified by the rap artist’s intervention. And she subsequently insisted that Swift came back onto the stage so that she could “have her moment.” But that wasn’t the end of it.
In 2016 West and Swift’s rift reared its ugly head once more when the rapper released “Famous.” In the song, West sings, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b***h famous.” Swift claimed that she hadn’t given West permission to reference her in the song, but Kim Kardashian, West’s wife, later posted footage of the singer seemingly giving the okay to some lyrics in a conversation with West. Yet in 2016 Swift had her final say at, appropriately enough, an awards show.
So overall, celebrity feuds are hardly surprising in themselves. When two particular stars took aim at each other in late 2018, however, it was an altogether different story. That’s because the altercation involved actors Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds – two of Hollywood’s apparent nice guys.
So in one corner, we have Hugh Jackman. The Australian actor began his career on stage, but he rose to prominence in Hollywood playing Wolverine in the X-Men films. And since then, Jackman has starred in a number of blockbusters. These have included Australia, The Greatest Showman and the film adaption of musical Les Misérables, which earned him his first Oscar nomination.
Off-screen, Jackman is married to Deborra-Lee Furness, whom he first encountered while filming Aussie TV drama Correlli. The pair have two adopted children, Oscar and Ava, and spend some of their year in Australia and the rest in Los Angeles, California.
Importantly for this story, though, in 2009 Jackman starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine alongside actor Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds had started his career back in 1990 on Canadian teen drama Hillside. Then from 1998 to 2001, he played Michael Bergen in comedy Two Guys and a Girl.
Reynolds also went on to appear in a number of comedy films, including National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and The Proposal. Yet the actor’s most successful part came in 2016 when he played the title role in Marvel comedy Deadpool. That film received commercial and critical acclaim and earned Reynolds Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations.
Away from his day job, Reynolds was in 2010 named as People’s Sexiest Man Alive. And in 2017 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony for that event was attended by his wife, Blake Lively, and their two daughters, James and Inez.
Despite his busy work and family schedules, though, Reynolds has also found time to keep in contact with his former co-star Jackman. It seems that the pair primarily use social media as their preferred mode of communication, however. And as a result, it wasn’t long before the nature of the actors’ love-to-hate bond caught the attention of the public.
The Marvel stars’ “feud” actually seemingly began in 2016 when Reynolds stapled a cut-out of Jackman’s face to his forehead in one scene in Deadpool. Jackman, in turn, responded to the clip on Instagram. In fact, Jackman took aim at Reynolds on the very day that he was being honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In his video, Jackman wears a Reynolds mask and mocks the Canadian actor by impersonating him. “Who would have thought just three years after getting a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, I would be getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame?” Jackman asks, pretending to be his former co-star.
But the roasting didn’t stop there. “How could a guy who failed his high school drama class be this talented?” Jackman continues. “I have no answer for that. But to quote my favorite actor in the world, the great Australian Hugh Jackman, who, by the way, was People’s Sexiest Man Alive way before me, ‘Americans are the most generous country on the planet.’”
Delivering his final blow, Jackman concludes, “So thank you, America. And feel free to urinate on my section of the sidewalk.” The video was subsequently celebrated online and has since clocked up more than one million views on Instagram alone. Reynolds, however, refused to take the affront lying down.
A few months later – in March 2017 – Jackman posted a picture of himself posing with some fans in China. And so Reynolds took the opportunity to rib the actor. Responding to Jackman’s Twitter post, the Deadpool star simply wrote, “Pretty sure those are protesters.”
The back-and-forth between Jackman and Reynolds then continued for several months – but appeared to come to a head in November 2018. It was then, you see, that Jackman took to Twitter with a savage video about Reynolds. And in it, he seemingly sought to discredit his fellow actor.
The sleekly produced video mimics a political smear campaign and is narrated by Jackman himself. It warns, “Ryan Reynolds may seem like an honest, hardworking movie star, husband and father, but don’t let the facts get in the way of the truth.”
After that the Aussie actor proceeds to tell us about the “real” Reynolds. “He’s been riding Hugh Jackman’s coat-tail since 2009,” Jackman says. “[That’s] when Hugh hand-selected him to star in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the universally and best portrayal of Wade Wilson ever.”
The X-Men star also took credit for one of Reynold’s most prestigious accolades. “Ryan was only named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010 – the year after he met Hugh,” Jackman points out. “Coincidence? Please!”
Towards the end of the video, however, it becomes clear that Jackman’s intentions are actually honorable. He is, after all, only poking fun at Reynolds to raise awareness of Once Upon A Deadpool, a family-friendly version of Deadpool 2. The film was released in December 2018, and a dollar of every cinema ticket sold was donated to charity.
Jackman’s Twitter clip explains, “You can soon see Ryan in Once Upon A Deadpool and support the Fudge Cancer charity at the same time.” Jokingly, he adds, “Please do it, or he might make another Van Wilder movie – or worse yet Green Lantern.”
Unsurprisingly, then, Jackman’s tongue-in-cheek video received widespread praise. On Twitter, for example, the clip got over 851,000 views. The post was also retweeted over 8,000 times and received over 50,000 likes as well as almost 1,000 comments.
And it seemed as though fans of both Jackman and Reynolds couldn’t get enough of the hilarious clip, with many of them eager for the pair to reunite on screen. “When you two get together it’s pure GOLD,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added, “Someone better be writing them a buddy cop movie.”
Yet another user seemed to agree, writing, “#HughJackman THAT IS GOLD! Absolutely brilliant the way you two keep this going. It certainly keeps us fans very happy.” And nailing her colors to the mast, she added, “Just for reference, I’m Team Hugh all day long (sorry Ryan).”
While there was no immediate response to Jackman’s video from Reynolds himself, we can safely assume that he approved of the friendly banter. After all, in November 2018 Reynolds released a similar video about Jackman. In it, he jokingly smears Jackman ahead of the release of his latest film, The Front Runner.
In the film, Jackman plays Gary Hart, the former Colorado Senator hailed as the front runner in the Democratic presidential nomination of 1988. And by the end of 2018 his performance was already being widely praised. However, Reynolds apparently wasn’t going to let Jackman get off lightly.
So in his video, Reynolds dishes out many amusing insults about Jackman in an attempt to stop him winning any awards. At one point, he even slams Jackman as a “fake foreigner.” Reynolds says, “Hugh speaks with a charming accent, but he’s actually from Milwaukee.”
Reynolds continues by asking, “Is this the type of amazing actor and nice person you want delivering a preachy liberal speech this awards season?” Seemingly referring to himself, he adds, “Or maybe there’s a real foreigner from a bordering country who would really love it… a lot?”
Despite their jibes, then, it seems that Jackman and Reynolds have a mutual respect for each other. In 2016 Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly, “Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but [also because] I genuinely love the guy.”