Ryan Reynolds wasn’t going to get off easy by enlisting Steve-O to accept an award on his behalf.
On Sunday night, the “Free Guy” star won Best Comedic Performance for his role in the 2021 comedy blockbuster at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
In a video acceptance, “Jackass” star Steve-O appeared, filling in for the apparently absent Reynolds.
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“Hey MTV, I’m Steve-O, accepting this award on Ryan Reynolds’ behalf because sadly, he wasn’t just unable to appear in person, he can’t even do his video acceptance speech,” he said.
The stunt performer then thanked Reynolds’ “Free Guy” co-stars, but needing a little help with Utkarsh Ambudkar’s last name, the camera pulled out to reveal Reynolds was there all along, texting away on his phone.
“Ambudkar,” Reynolds interjected. “Super talented.”
“‘Free Guy’ was a very personal picture for Ryan, so it’s super meaningful for him to have his hard work recognized by the MTV Movie Awards. Anything else?” he continued, while Reynolds kept on texting.
“No. I’ve wanted you to kick me in the balls,” Reynolds responded, to which Steve-O said, “Grow up, bro.”
But as the screen cut to black with the message “Thank you, MTV,” Reynolds could be heard getting just what he asked for.
“Thank you, Steve-O,” he said in a pained voice.