Ryan Reynolds reflects on Alex Trebek’s “bittersweet” ‘Free Guy’ cameo, says he made movie more special

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When Free Guy finally arrives in theaters August 13, Jeopardy! fans will be in for a real treat — late longtime host Alex Trebek will appear in the action movie.

Star Ryan Reynolds spoke fondly of his fellow Canadian when speaking to E!’s Daily Pop and revealed how Trebek managed to sneak in for a last-minute cameo.

“We shot that separately, actually after the film had been completely done and dusted and completed,” Reynolds said. “Alex was kind enough to jump in and do this little cameo for us. I was just so blown away by how sweet he was to do that.”

Reynolds spoke highly of the late game show host, saying the two became fast friends and remained in contact until his passing in November 2020.

“Even right up before shortly before he passed away, I talked to him on the phone about a charity initiative he was trying to launch,” the Deadpool star recalled. “This guy was really made of good stuff right until the end. Having him in the movie is certainly bittersweet, that’s for sure.”

Trebek died last November at age 80 of pancreatic cancer.

Free Guy premieres exclusively in theaters next Friday, August 13.

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