The 'Deadpool' star reveals why he looked so sad in the viral shot from the pop star's holiday party.

By Tim Stack
Updated December 09, 2016 at 06:36 PM EST
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Ryan Reynolds has had a helluva 2016, and that’s why EW named him our Entertainer of the Year. He starred in one of the year’s biggest hits, Deadpool. He welcomed a second daughter with wife Blake Lively (The Shallows). And he spent our nation’s birthday at the home of none other than Taylor Swift.

The latter event became the stuff of internet gold when a group shot, including Reynolds, Lively, Swift, and then boyfriend Tom Hiddleston, hit social media. While the other subjects seem quite happy, Reynolds’ sad looking face became meme fodder.

So when we sat down with Reynolds to talk about his great year for this week’s EW, we had to ask: Were you actually upset? “No that’s a problem I’ve had all my life,” admits the actor. “If I’m not aware a photo is being taken, my natural resting face is one of a man dying. I had no idea somebody was taking a photo. Therefore I was resting comfortably in my persona of a man whose soul is visibly exiting this earth.”

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