Ryan Reynolds has surprised a DVD store owner and lifelong fan with more than 100 signed copies of the Hollywood star’s movies.

Movie buff Rob Clarke, 45, who runs Mad4Movies, in Wrexham, Wales, couldn’t believe it when he received a message from Deadpool actor on Twitter.

Clarke met Wrexham co-owner Reynolds last year while he was in town filming the movie. Welcome to Wrexham documentary, set to air on Disney+ this month.

Clarke said he and his wife Blake Lively were cleaning out their office when they found the stash of old movies and thought Rob might like them for his store.

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Ryan Reynolds speaks on stage during the ‘Embrace Next Generation Storytelling’ on June 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. Reynolds has given away 100 DVDs of films starring him and his wife to a fan in the UK
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Clarke thought the message was a hoax at first until his wife Carrie, 38, told him it was real. The total of 103 films are all films in which Reynolds and Lively have starred, including Deadpool 2, The Age of Adaline, Rhythm Section AND ITEMS.

Clarke said she has no idea how much the films are worth, but plans to sell them for charity – and has earmarked a few to keep for herself.

Clarke, who has been a Wrexham fan since the 1980s, said: “I got a notification on Twitter saying Ryan Reynolds has followed you and then I saw I had a message from him.

“I didn’t think it was true at first until I told my wife – I thought someone might be taking me. He said he and Blake were coming out of their office and found all these DVDs and thought about me.

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Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at Mad4Movies while the stars were filming a documentary in Wrexham, Wales in October 2021. Reynolds donated some movie DVDs to his fan Rob Clarke.
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“They’re mostly Blue Rays so he said they might not play in the UK but he thought it would be nice to have them in my shop. He said he and Blake had signed them all, there were about 103 in total .”

Clarke is releasing the DVDs to raise money for a charity which supports people with the rare blood disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which his son Charlie, 8, was diagnosed with.

He is selling tickets locally for $6 with the draw set for August 24. The first prize will include five films signed by Reynolds and Lively—inc Deadpool 2, The Age of AdalineAND Rhythm Section.

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Rob Clarke, wife Carrie and sons Charlie (10) and Henry (6) at home with DVDs, in an undated photo. Clarke was surprised by Ryan Reynolds with 100 signed DVD copies of his films. (Rob ClarkeSWNS/Zenger)
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Clarke said: “I asked Ryan if it would be okay to sell them for charity and told him about my son. He said he was so sorry to hear about Charlie and thought it was a great idea to try and collect some money.

“I’m not surprised he gave it to me, he’s a really nice guy. I’ve always thought he’s a likeable actor, he’s funny and he’s not afraid to take a friend away. He and Blake are both desperate -On the ground, I feel like I can talk to Ryan like any other customer.

“I’m going to keep some of the DVDs, I’ve earmarked about 20 that I’d like, but I’m going to raffle the rest for charity. I’ve been inundated with messages from people wanting to buy them, but I’m buying them “I don’t really know what they’re worth.

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Twitter DM from Ryan Reynolds. Clarke is planning to tear the DVDs for charity.

“I’m going to do a local raffle first and then I’ll do a few more for a wider audience. I’ve been a Wrexham fan since the 1980s and we never have much to cheer about so there was a buzz when he bought the club.

“And it’s been a whirlwind ever since. He and Rob McElhenney visited the store last October as part of the documentary they’re doing for Disney. He was a great guy and we had a good laugh, talked about movies and movies.”

Clarke is fundraising for the ITP Support Association.

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This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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