Actor Ryan Reynolds, currently filming the movie "Deadpool," is literally stopping traffic in his hometown of Vancouver.
The production is shutting down the city's Georgia Viaduct for several days, much to the chagrin of downtown commuters. However, the film based on a Marvel Comics character is forecast to create 1,100 jobs and bring $37.5 million into Vancouver, said a city news release.
The viaduct is closing Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., with more shutdowns scheduled after that. (See the city's website for more info.)
Reynolds, 38, is barely recognizable in photos taken from the Vancouver set of the "X-Men" spinoff last week.
On Sunday, Reynolds tweeted a photo with a fan who was dressed up as Deadpool. Many such characters were "roaming the streets," the actor wrote. (The Vancouver Fan Expo was held all weekend near his hotel.)
Reynolds is certainly in tip-top shape for the role, tweeting this photo — dominated by his gigantic bicep — from a Vancouver gym last weekend.
(The lucky fan is the son of Rodney Dupont, CEO of Nutrabolics in Vancouver.)
"Deadpool" is about how an experiment leaves former Special Forces agent Wade Wilson with accelerated healing powers. Billed as Marvel's most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool is also armed with an unusual sense of humour.
"Deadpool" fans got their first look at Reynolds in the official suit last month, paying homage to Burt Reynolds' nude Cosmo centrefold in the '70s.
Reynolds was born in Vancouver and graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School before dropping out of Kwantlen Polytechnic. One of his three brothers is an RCMP officer in B.C.
Reynolds' wife, Blake Lively, filmed "The Age of Adaline" in Vancouver last year. The couple have a baby daughter named James.
"Deadpool" is slated to be released in theatres on Feb. 12, 2016.
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