Ryan Reynolds’ newest comedy film, “Free Guy” is full of famous cameos, but one man’s guest role is sure to give everyone the feels. Late “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek is one of those cameos that even made Reynolds get a little sappy.
Reynolds, 44, revealed back in November 2020 shortly after Trebek’s untimely passing that the game show host shot his short cameo while battling cancer.
“Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film ‘Free Guy’ last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will,” Reynolds tweeted.
Trebek and the “Deadpool” funnyman both hail from Canada and came together shortly before his death to film an episode of “Jeopardy.” The episode aired in January and Reynolds wrote at the time a touching tribute to his fellow Northerner. “It’s an honor (and a little heartbreaking) to be with #AlexTrebek one last time on @Jeopardy,” Reynolds wrote alongside the Canadian flag emoji.
Blake Lively’s husband appeared in the episode to deliver a clue under the category “Movies.” He said in a video message during the show, “In my 2020 movie ‘Free Guy’, I play a bank teller who comes to realize that he’s really an NPC, short for this kind of character in an open world video game?” Reynolds asked the contestants. The answer was a “non-player character.”
Reynolds further elaborated on his meeting with Trebek in an interview with E! News earlier this month.
“We shot that separately, actually after the film had been completely done and dusted and completed. Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that,” he said.
He continued, “Even right up shortly before he passed away, I talked to him on the phone about a charity initiative he was trying to launch. This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end. Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that’s for sure.”
“Free Guy” debuts in theaters on Aug. 13 after being previously pushed back from its July 2020 release date due to the coronavirus pandemic.