Post the Critics Choice Award Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney Reveal How ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ Isn’t Just the Story About the Town but Something More

Published 06/20/2023, 5:30 PM EDT

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In the realm of unexpected showbiz endeavors, few could have predicted the remarkable journey embarked upon by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. From acquiring ownership of a historic football club to chronicling their venture in a captivating docuseries, their latest project, Welcome to Wrexham, has been the talk of the town. But what lies beneath the surface of this seemingly unconventional tale?

Beyond the glitz and glamor, Reynolds and McElhenney have unveiled a deeper narrative. It goes beyond the boundaries of a mere town and delves into something far more profound. As the dust settles after their recent Critics Choice Award win, see what the dynamic duo has to offer on the hidden narrative!

Ryan Reynolds calls Wrexham a town emerging from adversity

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Wrexham, a town that experienced significant setbacks with core industries vanishing, has faced its fair share of challenges. Despite the hardships, its resilient residents have persevered, doing their best to rebuild their lives. Reynolds highlighted a prevalent theme reflected in the faces, words, and actions of the townspeople.

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It was their unwavering determination to make the most out of difficult circumstances. According to Reynolds, the football club serves as a vital conduit. It symbolizes the town’s struggle to trust in something positive after enduring prolonged adversity. It symbolizes the larger journey of a community that has been battered yet still retains a glimmer of hope.

Reynolds told Variety, “I think it’s less about a town emerging from the pandemic and more about a town emerging from post-Thatcherism”.

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Unveiling some behind the scenes further, McElhenney talks about the real deal behind selecting the narratives.

Selecting stories to screen, in a town filled with passion

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In this series, we met a diverse array of individuals, some connected to the club and many who aren’t. The question arises: How did the creators determine which stories to focus on? As per McElhenney, field producers from Boardwalk curated narratives with a journalistic approach. They immersed themselves in conversations and captured the town’s love for the club.

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It is remarkable how these stories seemed to emerge from every nook and cranny, as if they were falling from trees. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not all of them could be included. Regardless of whether one’s allegiances lie with McElhenney or Reynolds, it is nearly impossible not to develop an affinity for the town itself.

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What deeper message do you think Welcome to Wrexham conveys beyond the surface of a town’s journey? Let us know in the comments below.

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