Canadian star Ryan Reynolds reveals he's 'Bruce' from viral Ottawa Public Health tweet

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Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds took the fall for a viral, tongue-in-cheek Ottawa Public Health post featuring a made-up employee named Bruce in a video posted to their twitter account on Friday. (@OttawaHealth/Twitter - image credit)
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds took the fall for a viral, tongue-in-cheek Ottawa Public Health post featuring a made-up employee named Bruce in a video posted to their twitter account on Friday. (@OttawaHealth/Twitter - image credit)

Ryan Reynolds has a confession to make: He's "Bruce" the Ottawa Public Health intern who accidentally sent out a tweet on Super Bowl Sunday that congratulated the winner of the big game without removing the placeholder text.

At least, that's according to a tweet from the OPH account.

After the Super Bowl this year, the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) twitter account sent out a post congratulating the winner.

Just one problem, the name of the winning team was missing, and the tweet seemed to imply that an employee named Bruce may have hit send too early.

The post got thousands of likes and interactions from people who believed that Bruce had really messed up.

The next day, OPH piggybacked on its popularity with a thread explaining that the post wasn't a mistake — rather it was a deliberate opportunity to discuss how to think critically about information online.

"Btw, we're so touched by the outpouring of support for dear Bruce (who doesn't exist, btw). It's nice to see such kindness out there. Be critical of what you see online. Misinformation has consequences that go far beyond the wellbeing of 'Bruce,' " read the final tweet in the thread.

Enter Reynolds, the Golden Globe-nominated star of Hollywood blockbusters like Marvel's Deadpool franchise, and an active, generous Twitter user.

According to an email from OPH, the actor has been following them since before the pandemic and reached out earlier this week to compliment their work.

They got to talking and OPH pitched him the idea for a video where he admits to being Bruce the intern. He agreed and shot it for free.

In the video, Reynolds suggests he tweets for OPH from time to time, but simply forgot to finish that particular post.

While he said there's nothing he can do about his mistake now, what people can do is stick to the COVID-19 basics, such as hand-washing, masking, distancing and getting vaccinated when it's their turn.

"We were, to say the least, delighted when Mr. Reynolds agreed to participate," OPH said. "We appreciate that Mr. Reynolds took the time out of his busy schedule to help us share this important public health message."