The timid demeanor of Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as they approached the club’s main stand to speak may have had something to do with the royal welcome they have received here in recent days.
They dominated the front pages of local North Wales newspapers on Thursday, where their impromptu visit to the Turf pub, which borders the grounds, was highly prominent. There were incessant shots of spirit poured for them.
“I’m surprised we’re not done on the field,” Reynolds recounted.
Ryan Reynolds (right) and Rob McElhenney (left) want a Hollywood ending for Wrexham
Passing the pavement section of Mold Road close to the ground that was cordoned off Thursday night, with security guards on hand to make sure the couple could actually get out, he wondered once again if this was all too good for. be true.
However, the most surprising part of an hour of conversation with the actors was how substantive it all seemed.
The conversation was fermented by a resolution far more serious than the anticipated humor.
The incessant drizzle of a gray day in North Wales (it’s not always sunny in Wrexham) was as unfavorable as the first game the two attended on Tuesday night: a 3-2 NL defeat at the center of the Maidenhead table.
The Hollywood couple spoke to the media at the Racecourse Ground on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
The owners of Wrexham want to tell the story of a working-class club and a working-class city
But the look on McElhenney’s face – the member of this couple for whom this mission seems to have become a personal obsession – told him that he had lived every moment of the 90 minutes.
Reynolds has such an easy line of humor that the line ‘Maidenhead was intense, really intense’ should have come off expressionless. It was completely straight.
They made no qualms about the fact that their reality series for the FX network, titled Welcome to Wrexham – It is essential why they are here. The word ‘narrative’ appeared four times.
“We want to tell the story of a working-class club and a working-class city,” McElhenney said. “The documentary is a big part of that.”
McElhenney said this soccer epiphany can be traced back to sitting on the couch during the lockdown, telling his wife, “I want to buy a soccer club,” and then persuading Reynolds to go with him. Netflix series Sunderland until I die it had struck a chord by then as well.
Wrexham has had more than its share in Sunderland’s post-industrial tribulations. The North Wales coalfield has followed the same path as the Brymbo and Shotton steelworks.
McElhenney spoke of reaching the core of a working-class struggle replicated in the club’s struggle to reach the Football League, from which he left 13 years ago. “There’s a Cinderella look,” Reynolds said. “It is a story of the underdog.”
Reynolds and McElhenney also want to lead the club to the Premier League
It was by no means a socio-economic seriousness. At one point Reynolds was asked how it felt to be the ‘big dog’.
‘That’s the kind of thing that only my wife calls me,’ he said.
The pair can accept that other National League clubs will come after them, although McElhenney felt rival fans talking about their ‘petrodollars’ were taking him too far. “I mean, I don’t own any oil fields,” he said.
However, talking about Wrexham becoming a “global force” was serious business. The couple were submitted on Thursday for the city’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2025 and expressed their desire to help. Reynolds wants to take his friend Will Ferrell, the actor, to the racetrack.
There was a reiterated desire, much as others scoff, to lead the club all the way to the Premier League.
“Couldn’t we theoretically make this happen?” McElhenney asked.
“Why not dream big?” Reynolds added. “If you don’t dream big, you will never go there, so why not?”
Hollywood actor Reynolds takes selfies with fans off the ground after arriving Thursday
Reynolds, pictured with fans, accepts that other National League clubs will come shooting them
Easier said than done, of course. The club’s work suggests that the Americans’ hope of promotion this season is not a given. But there is no indication of a threat to manager Phil Parkinson. “We believe in him,” McElhenney said.
And when the Wrexham story has no more documentary series left, will they still be here?
“Yes, one hundred percent,” Reynolds said. “I think that’s the whole idea,” added McElhenney.
‘Eventually the documentary will cease but this club won’t and neither will we. We will be here as long as they have us.
With the end of Hollywood or not, it will be a story.