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When Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds made a guest appearance on ITV‘s Good Morning Britain on Friday, one of the things he was asked had nothing to do with the movie. Instead, it was a more personal matter. Namely, co-host Kate Garraway decided to ask Ryan why he chose such an unusual name for his and Blake Lively’s now 13-month-old daughter, James.
Reynolds replied that James was, in fact, named after his father James C. Reynolds, who passed away after a 20-year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He also joked that in the midst of all the weird names celebrities have given to their kids (Kim and Kanye’s kids come to mind), he doesn’t consider James to be all that unusual. He also added:
“I mean, I didn’t call her Summer Squash Meadow Lark, or something.”
Reynolds also shared some details about Deadpool, which he claims took 11 years to finish and said that he even sort of identifies with his character. He called Deadpool his “alter-ego,” although he made sure to state that he wasn’t “nearly as homicidal.”