The world is talking about the new Fast and Furious Spinoff movie, Hobs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba. However, a surprise appearance by another big movie star is caused joy among fans. Now, there is another story behind it, and we can just say that imitation is among the sincerest forms of flattery and love.
The brief cameo of Ryan Reynolds in Hobbs & Shaw was a complete surprise that audiences never expected. Now that the hit blockbuster has been in theaters for around a week, the secret is out. Reynolds plays the character of Locke, who is a CIA agent and a former colleague of The Rock’s titular character Hobbs.
To show off their bromance, as well as how much fun and enjoyment he had during their time together in the agency, Lock shows Hobbs a tattoo that he had, one that completely matches his own. In real life, sadly, this is not the case. Johnson has chest tattoos, but Reynolds does not, so this was just a fake tattoo for the movie.
Now, we all know that the pair of actors love to joke around and have fun. They did so on social media as well, where they were poking fun at their shared body art. Reynolds, who is 42, posted a cool shot of the two famous actors while they are pulling back their shirts and showing the tattoos. He wrote the following as the caption:
“I can only imagine how upset I was to discover this.”
Dwayne Johnson, 47, responded, and told his buddy Reynolds that he really looks “cool and se*y.” He wrote:
“You pull your shirt back to reveal our ink, and it looks cool & se*y. I pull my shirt back, and it looks like an indicator that I eat women and children.”
In further comments about their special bond, Reynolds also shared on Instagram a photo of one half of a “best friend” necklace, in which he tagged Johnson. Johnson went in on the fun and shared a different version of that photo, and thanked Ryan Reynolds for his small but interesting cameo in his hit movie.
Johnson wrote: “A #HobbsAndShaw delight when audiences go ape s— with laughs & joy when @vancityreynolds comes on screen as Hobbs’ surprise partner ‘Agent Locke’ of the CIA – who’s known for stabbing bad guys in the chest with a brick. I’ve known this brilliant SOB for years, and we jumped at the opportunity to mash up our tequila and gin chemistry to deliver some magic for the audience. Thanks, RR for helping make our Lil’ spin-off movie, the #1 movie in the world. Fans love it, so we’ve done our job, brother.”
Director of the movie, David Leitch, recently revealed to Vulture how the role of Reynolds changed significantly when he agreed to do the unexpected cameo:
“I reached out to Ryan: ‘Dude, I have this exposition scene with the CIA agent. He’s sending Hobbs and Shaw on the journey. It’s a lot of boring exposition. How would you like to come in and play it?’ And he’s like, ‘I would love to! It’d be so fun,’”. David Leitch has already worked with Reynolds, as he is the director behind the fan-favorite comic book movie Deadpool 2.
Leitch continued saying how much Reynolds “re-crafted” the original Agent Locke character:
“I sent him the pages. Doing what Ryan does best, he really re-crafted them into something special that had a ton of jokes and pop culture references and this weird dynamic of this character who’s kind of quasi-obsessed with Hobbs — that’s all from Ryan’s mind. So without approaching Ryan, we never would have had this gold. He created a character that I was hoping would live in this world that’s a little bit more fun-forward than the other Fast franchise.” Could we have expected anything else form a comedy genius like Reynolds?
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is now the number one movie in the world, and it has already grossed more than $330 million worldwide. The movie stars Hollywood heavyweights Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba.