What happens when the ultimate prankster gets pranked? Well, it’s a bit of a Christmas gift to us all. Case in point: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal pranked Ryan Reynolds so good on Friday night and it involved one very ugly sweater we can’t get enough of.
Reynolds did what many of us do during the holidays and headed to a party his friends invited him to. Those friends just so happen to be fellow actors Jackman and Gyllenhaal, and let’s just say they may have had nefarious motives when extending the invitation.
“These fucking assholes said it was a sweater party,” Reynolds captioned a photo of himself standing sullenly in a gaudy red and green sweater adorned with an oversized (and extra-tacky) gold bow on Instagram, Jackman, wearing a plain black shirt, and Gyllenhaal, wearing a plain white one, gleefully flanking him in their regular clothes.
Of course, you can’t say Reynolds didn’t have it coming. His history of pranking, trolling and otherwise playfully prodding the people he loves is well documented. In fact, he and Jackman are known for their online repartee.
Back in November 2017, Reynolds trolled Jackman by creating a spoof political attack ad, asking viewers to consider certain “facts” about Jackman in light of his performance in the political film The Front Runner.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 2, 2018
Jackman returned Reynolds’ volley, posting a video of himself scooping his dog’s poop using a photo of Reynolds in character as Deadpool. “HIGH ROAD,” Jackman hilariously captioned the comeback.
Of course, Reynolds also routinely makes headlines for the playful barbs he and his wife, Blake Lively, exchange.
In celebration of Lively’s 30th birthday last year, Reynolds posted a photo of the couple on the 2014 Met Gala red carpet, captioning it, “Happy Birthday to my amazing wife.” Sweet, right? Only, Reynolds basically cropped Lively’s entire face out of the photo.
Not one to be outdone, Lively responded in kind when Reynolds’ birthday rolled around a few months later. “Happy birthday, baby,” she wrote, sharing a photo of Ryan… Gosling! Reynolds was there too, but in true tit-for-tat fashion, he was mainly cropped out.
The moral of this tale of trolling and pranks: Exercise extreme caution if you ever have occasion to invite Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Lively or especially Reynolds to any function in the future.