Ryan Reynolds On People Mistaking Him For Ben Affleck, And Why He Never Corrects Them

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Ryan Reynolds' face is instantly recognisable to a lot of people, thanks to his high-profile roles and success, but he often finds himself mistaken for another Hollywood star.

During a recent interview on the Dear Hank & John podcast, the 45-year-old actor said that over the years he's visited a particular pizza place in New York's East Village and that he's been continuously mistaken for Gone Girl's Ben Affleck.

'They believe I’m Ben Affleck and I’ve never corrected them. I feel it would not go over well if I revealed,' Reynolds said.

Moreover, the actor - who highlighted he does normal things like everyone else - added that people even ask him how Oscar-winning Affleck's partner Jennifer Lopez, believing her to be his girlfriend.

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

'They just think I’m Ben Affleck and they’ll ask how J-Lo is and I’m like, "Great, good." I get the pizza and off I go,' he said.

It was only a few days ago when Affleck recalled a funny moment involving Reynolds' wife Blake Lively while on the set of 2010 movie The Town.

While on The Howard Stern Show, Affleck brought up a conversation he had with Lively during which she was shocked to learn he knew Good Will Hunting actor Matt Damon. At the time, Affleck even joked that after meeting with Lively, he 'started having an existential crisis, which has only gotten worse'.

As for Lively, she herself has been the subject of image-related perplexity too, with one notable occasion even involving her husband.

Back in 2018 Reynolds seemingly joked that a British woman named Amethyst Realm, who claimed she had slept with no less than 20 ghosts, was his wife.

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Photo credit: Twitter

Under the video that showed Realm claiming her unusual experiences, Reynolds commented: 'And this is how I found out,' hilariously mocking his wife.

Last year, after Lively had shared a photo on Instagram showing what appeared to be before and after make-up pictures of herself, fans praised the actor for 'bravely' going coverage-free.

But all was not as it seemed.

The accompanying caption, which read 'facetune broke,' was later explained on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, when Lively clarified she had make-up on in both images.

Lively told Fallon the 'rough' image of her showed how she looks in parts of her film, The Rhythm Section, where she plays a woman dealing with self-destruction after losing her family in a plane crash.

In fact, Oscar-winning make-up artist Vivian Baker, who worked on 2019 movie Bombshell (which starred the likes of Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron), was behind her two looks, both of which took an hour to do, Lively pointed out.

While speaking to Fallon, Lively admitted finding it 'offensive' that the make-up especially created for her troubled on-screen character was indicative of how people thought she looked without make-up.

'This is a partisan issue. I'm vacillating between my vanity, which is ... "I don't actually look like that" and also being a feminist, like, "Why do we expect women to wake up looking like this, this isn't realistic that you wake up this beautiful".

'But, I would like people to believe that I wake up that beautiful.'

And just as Lively and Reynolds both have been the subject of image-related confusion, the couple, who tied the knot almost 10 years ago, share a similar approach to work too.

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Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis - Getty Images

During a recent interview on the career platform LinkedIn, Reynolds discussed how he and Lively juggle their hectic work schedules as parents to three daughters, James, six, Inez, five and Betty, two.

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Photo credit: Michael Tran - Getty Images

The father-of-three discussed taking a career break to enjoy being a 'present dad' and said that he and Lively never really worked at the same time, in order to ensure one of them was always with their kids.

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