Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhenney Reveal They Have Had “Life Saving” Procedures


Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have revealed that they underwent “life changing” colonoscopy procedures, following a bet.

The actors had shared details of their procedures and diagnosis, as part of an awareness organisation called Lead From Behind.

Ryan Reynolds can be heard in a video posted to social media, that he had made a bet that McElhenney could not learn the Welsh language, or he would film himself undergoing an intimate operation.

“Rob and I turned 45 this year which means getting to this age is getting a colonoscopy”, Reynolds can be heard saying in the video. “It’s a simple step that could literally, and I mean literally, save your life”. 

“potentially life-saving”

The video which you can see below, shows Reynolds arriving at the hospital and speaking about the procedure.

It was at this point where a doctor said that he found an “extremely subtle polyp” in his colon.

They doctor tells him, “This was potentially life-saving for you. I’m not kidding. I’m not being overly dramatic”.

“You are interrupting the natural history of a disease, of a process, that could have ended up developing into cancer and causing all sorts of problems”. 

“You reached the age of 45, you had a routine screening and there you go, that’s why people need to do this. This saves lives, pure and simple”. 

Joking that “it could not go wrong”, Rob McElhenney revealed that he also underwent the same procedure as Reynolds.

“They either find nothing, and that means my colon is cleaner than his, or they find a polyp and it’s either bigger than his… or it’s smaller than his which means I have less of an opportunity to have cancer”, McElhenney said. “Either way I win”.

McElhenney who co owns Welsh football team Wrexham FC alongside Reynolds, also revealed that the doctor found three polyps in his colon, which were removed.

The footage ends with people being urged to ask doctors about colonoscopies and “helping Rob and Ryan kick colon cancer’s a**”.