Did You Know Before ‘Deadpool’ Ryan Reynolds Was a Superhero in This Film With ‘Succession’ Actor Kieran Culkin?

Published 05/30/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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As the latest season of Succession nears us, it also brings the reminder of an old Ryan Reynolds superhero movie. The connection between the two is rather unexpected and surprising, one that not many people may be aware of. But what connects them is one of its talented cast members that starred alongside the Deadpool actor in the 2009 superhero movie.

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Deadpool is one of the biggest Marvel movies today, a stark difference from the actor’s previous superhero movie Green Lantern. But other than playing the lead in these two action flicks, there was one forgotten movie where Reynolds began his journey to play the hero. Doubling the fun with him was the Home Alone actor amongst other star members.

The 2009 forgotten superhero movie of Ryan Reynolds and Kieran Culkin

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While fans remain excited to see Ryan Reynolds return for Deadpool 3, there is another movie that one can go back to. It still has the comical magic of the actor with a unique yet heartwarming plot. The 2009 flick was named Paper Man, known as Unlikely Man in some regions. This storyline has both Reynolds and Kieran Culkin playing the role of imaginary friends, highlighting their skilled sense of humor.

Kieran and Michele Mulroney directed the movie, and it also casts Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Daniels, etc. It is about a writer who goes away for a while to help his writer’s block. There he forms an unlikely father-daughter sort of friendship with a college-going girl. Both of them have imaginary friends but learn to leave that dependency slowly.

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The movie was rather simple and heartwarming but was forgotten amongst the other successful projects done by both Culkin and Reynolds.

What are the two actors up to now?

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Ryan Reynolds is currently trying to pace up the shoots of Deadpool 3, although the merc-with-a-mouth may be temporarily silenced by the writer’s strike. They recently announced that another Succession star Matthew Macfadyen will be joining the Marvel movie. 

Kieran Culkin, on the other hand, has made a big return and is out of the mold of being known as the “Home Alone” kid. He plays the role of Roman Roy in Succession, which even won him the Critics Choice Television Award in 2022. While their movie together may have been forgotten, their career certainly continued to take off in the following years.

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Did you know about the Paper Man movie starring these two actors? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is a prime-time entertainment writer for Netflix Junkie, who has written nearly 1000 articles, immersing herself in pop culture. Writing was not her first choice, but she has now found solace in unraveling the fascinating stories of public figures' personal and professional lives. Neha is a fan of classic hip-hop and psycho thrillers, and she can talk endlessly about Kanye West.

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