Ryan Reynolds opens up about his father's death

27 January 2016 / 9 months 2 days ago

Ryan Reynolds has spoken out about his father's death last year.

The 39-year-old actor's dad, 74-year-old James C. Reynolds, passed away in October after a long battle with Parkinson's disease but Ryan revealed that even in his final moments, the family made him laugh.

He told Men's Health magazine: "In my dad's dying moments, we were making him laugh. We were all in there together, me and my brothers, just joking with him. And of course we end up busting each other's chops. I recommended that the doctor raise Dad's dose of Dilaudid in order to make my other brother more tolerable.

"Laughing can serve you in those dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out.

"It wasn't a bad way to go. If I could have the same death as my father, I would do it right now." 

Ryan and wife Blake Lively, 28, welcomed their first child, a daughter, last year and named her James after his dad. 

And Ryan also revealed that playing the superhero Deadpool in his latest movie helped him to cope with his father's death.

He said: "I understand the idea of filtering pain through a prism of comedy. I think this character does that quite well. He obviously takes it too far. He wakes up in the morning exclusively to annoy everyone around him. But for your average civilian like me, I think there's something really relatable about that idea, that there's something to be learned by taking life a little less seriously." 

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