Back When Ryan Reynolds Flexed His Deadpool-Like Savior Syndrome to Rescue Gabi Dunn From a Heartbreak

Published 05/15/2024, 1:12 AM EDT

Ryan Reynolds has long donned the cape of savior as Marvel’s favorite Merc with a Mouth. However, beyond the boundaries of galactic battles and superhero conflicts, Reynolds has frequently served his messiah complex to aid fans via unexpected fan replies and seals of approval. One such attempt that set the actor apart from every other superhero is when he rescued a dear fan, Gabi Dunn, by stepping up during her heartbreak.

Reynolds, who frequently divulges in fan interactions, fulfilled a superhero dream for Dunn, becoming the most sought-after White Knight to surface in Hollywood.

How Ryan Reynolds became a teenage guardian by helping Gabi Dunn

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Many superheroes rise to fame through battles against evil forces in battlegrounds. However, Ryan Reynolds once showcased his heroic instincts by coming to the rescue of a devoted fan, Gabi Dunn, after her prom night in 2017. Following her reported breakup with her boyfriend shortly after the prom, Dunn ingeniously edited her ex-boyfriend's photos on X, replacing his face with Reynolds'. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, Reynolds took it a step further by suggesting to Photoshop himself “over his yearbook picture next.”

Embracing his antiheroic persona, the actor initiated a hashtag, #DontMessWithGabi, much to the delight of the fan. While it is uncommon for superheroes to save the day using Photoshop, especially in the context of a high school prom, for Deadpool and Reynolds, such unconventional acts are not entirely off the books. After all, the villains of fiction often manifest differently in real life, where heartbreak at prom can be as formidable as any malevolent force spreading negativity through supernatural abilities.

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Ryan Reynolds is undeniably the hero of the ordinary and regardless of his Deadpool genes, he has maintained the trait with much commitment. Hence, this is not the first time he flexed his Deadpool-like superhero complex to aid fans as previously, Reynolds once wrote a letter to a fan himself.

Back when Ryan Reynolds wrote back to a Deadpool fan

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Ryan Reynolds stands out as a truly unique figure in his interactions with fans, and his active engagement in social media serves as ample evidence of this. Whether responding to memories or penning heartfelt letters, Reynolds has endeared himself to fans as the quintessential millennial guy with his approachable demeanor. In 2016, a dedicated Deadpool fan expressed his admiration for the actor and the film in an English assignment that tasked him with writing a letter to someone he admired.

Fast forward to 2021, Reynolds reposted the letter along with his belated response that "never got mailed." While initially appearing as a casual exchange, it eventually became hard to overlook that it was the renowned superstar Ryan Reynolds reaching out to a devoted fan. In his letter, Reynolds touched on various topics, including speculation about Deadpool's future in the world of the Marvel-Fox merger. While the subsequent Deadpool & Wolverine collaboration provided answers to that, in time, it also bore solid evidence that Reynolds remains committed to his Deadpool persona, both on and off the screen.

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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