Earlier this week, Premier John Horgan asked B.C.-raised Hollywood heavyweights Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen to help him encourage young people in the province to stop partying during the pandemic.
"“This is a call out to Deadpool right now," Horgan said. “Ryan, we need your help out here, get in touch with us.”
Today, the Deadpool star responded to Horgan's plea in a Tweet, stating, "I got your message about the thing. Look, I'm not sure it's a great idea, frankly. People don't want medical advice from guys like me."
However, in typical Reynolds fashion, the beloved Canadian actor joked that he could give advice about plastic surgery, because he, "used to be Hugh Jackman."
Following his joke, Reynolds underscored that many young people may not realize how many young people are getting sick from COVID-19 and that many of them are dying.
Reynolds continued to inject levity into the serious message by saying that his mom would also like to be out having fun on Kitsilano Beach, and that he hoped that young people in the province would keep both her and Canadian icon David Suzuki safe during the health crisis.
"I hope that young people in B.C. don't kill my mom, frankly, or David Suzuki," said Reynolds.
Have a look at his message to Horgan.
Called your office. Left a message. pic.twitter.com/CGp2IZagrD— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 14, 2020
With active COVID-19 cases at their highest in three months, Horgan hinted at a carrot and stick approach to British Columbians — and especially younger people — to heed health and safety guidelines.
Provincial health officials announced 85 new cases Wednesday, Aug. 12, the highest one-day total for the province since late April.
In a press conference before the day’s new COVID-19 cases were released, Horgan said if private house parties continue to contribute to the growing caseload in the province, enforcement will follow suit, with warnings escalating into more severe penalties.
— With files from Stefan Labbé