The audience at King of Masked Singer this weekend knew they were going to get a surprise reveal, but they probably didn’t think the person behind the unicorn mask singing “Tomorrow” from Annie was one of 2018’s biggest movie stars. Thoroughly confused about what’s going on here? Allow us to explain.
In case you are unfamiliar, Korean variety shows can get pretty crazy and have premises that might seem a little strange to North Americans who don’t venture too far out of the mainstream. No big deal, our cultures are different. What is a big deal is when one of the big internationally-known North American celebrities makes an appearance on one of those variety shows.
King of Masked Singer is a South Korean TV show where contestants, who are typically national celebrities, perform a song while wearing a mask and costume to hide their identities. After the performance, people guess who the singer might be and then the celeb takes off the mask for the big reveal.
This weekend, the show featured a special – and very moving — opening performance of “Tomorrow” by a celebrity clad in a sparkly floor-length cape, white gloves and a cartoon rainbow unicorn mask. At the end of the performance, the singer removed his mask to reveal that he was none other than RYAN REYNOLDS.
— KOCOWA OFFICIAL (@kocowa_official) May 14, 2018
The audience reacted exactly how you might expect a group of Millennials to react when someone they assumed would be a domestic celebrity reveals himself to be Canadian and international icon Ryan Reynolds. There was crying; there was screaming, and Reynolds just stood there and took it all in.
— withMBC (@withMBC) May 13, 2018
— MBC예능연구소 (@MBC_entertain) May 13, 2018
People on social media also had a bit of a freak out over the reveal. Seriously, is there anything Ryan Reynolds won’t do? Is there anywhere he won’t go? Playing Deadpool has brought out a new public side of him that seems to be equal parts hilarious and absolutely terrifying.
RYAN REYNOLDS ON KING OF MASKED SINGER IM WHEEZING
— 🌻 Tae's Sunflower 🌻 (@Leesoomansnippl) May 13, 2018
Ryan Reynolds went on King of Masked Singer and sang Tomorrow from Annie while in the persona of Unicorn.
I am cackling and baffled and kind of impressed but mostly baffled.
— You did so well, Jonghyun (@jinkiseok) May 13, 2018
LMFAO! I knew Ryan Reynolds was in Korea doing press and stuff for Deadpool 2 but the fact that he went on King of Masked Singer is the most random, yet hilarious thing ever.
— Rozay (@Nicky_Rozayy) May 13, 2018
Ryan Reynolds on king of the masked singer is like two of my fandoms colliding in the weirdest possible way
— |miranda| (ó㉨ò) (@MJyell03) May 13, 2018
WHAT THE HELL IS RYAN REYNOLDS DOING ON KING OF MASKED SINGER? HAHAHAHA pic.twitter.com/4an8BAwWoL
— Eau de hiatus 🍑 (@chalcoholic) May 13, 2018
Honestly, we shouldn’t be surprised at this point. After the off-the-rails advertising strategy Deadpool employed the first time around and the bonkers lengths they’ve gone to for Deadpool 2 promotion – Celine Dion music video, David Beckham apology, threatening the entire continent of Europe – we should be ready for anything.
Deadpool 2 doesn’t even come out until Friday, so who knows what kind of crazy stunts Reynolds is going to pull in the next few days?
As unpredictable as he is, how proud are we that this guy is Canadian?
superheroes Ryan Reynolds has portrayed throughout the years pic.twitter.com/R2zmav7Fic
— ねこ (@hyunasptg) May 13, 2018