Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have been in a 'feud' since 2009. Here's a timeline of their friendship.

Jessica Booth
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Ryan Reynolds (R) and Hugh Jackman arrive for the Los Angeles industry screening of 'X-Men Origins-Wolverine' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on April 28, 2009.
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman at the LA screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009. JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / Getty Images
  • Actors Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman have been in a fake feud since 2009 — but they're actually friends.

  • They met on the set of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009), and Reynolds has taken to making fun of the film in his "Deadpool" movies. 

  • The "frenemies" have both made pseudo takedown ads about each other, and they often add to their feud through social-media posts.

  • Reynolds and Jackman called a truce in 2019, but it's clear that their "feud" is still going strong. 

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Fans have been entertained by Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds' "feud" for years now. 

Although they might joke around about disliking each other, it's clear that the actors are actually pretty close friends. They spend time together, support each other's businesses, and are always looking for the next laugh.

Here's a complete timeline of their encounters over the years:

2009: Jackman and Reynolds met on the set of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman meet in 2009. Chris Pizzello/AP

In "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Jackman starred as the titular mutant and Reynolds played Wade Wilson/Weapon XI. According to a recent interview with The Daily Beast, that's how they met and started their feud. 

"It's gone back so long now … God, this is a classic sign where your feud has gone too long, where you don't even know why or how it started," Jackman told the publication in April.

He continued, "... I used to ream him because I was very close friends with Scarlett [Johansson], and Scarlett had just married Ryan, so when he came on set I was like, 'Hey you better be on your best behavior here, pal, because I'm watching,' and we started ribbing each other that way."

November 9, 2015: Reynolds imitated Jackman on Twitter

Jackman was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2008 and Reynolds took the title in 2010, and they often bring it up in their jabs at each other. 

In 2015, Reynolds wore his "Deadpool" prosthetics and imitated his friend's Australian accent in a video that Jackman posted on Twitter.

"G'day mate! Hugh Jackman here, just reminding you to get your votes in for People's Sexiest Man Alive. Cover's coming up," Reynolds said.

January 21, 2016: In an Australia Day trailer for 'Deadpool,' Reynolds made fun of Jackman and 'Wolverine'

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Ryan Reynolds starred in "Deadpool." 20th Century Fox

A month before the release of "Deadpool," Reynolds made a promotional video wishing everyone a happy Australia Day.

As Deadpool, he said, "It's almost Australia Day. But seriously, I fit right in with your proud nation ... Only one tiny problem, you gave us 'Wolverine,' and for that, I can't forgive ya." 

He went on, "I've got no problems with Hugh, I mean, he's a delightful guy, he really is. True legend. But the movie, that was a career-low for me, you understand ..."

February 2, 2016: Reynolds interviewed Jackman for his film 'Eddie the Eagle'

 

While doing press for his film, "Eddie the Eagle," Jackson sat down with Reynolds for an interview. 

Before their chat, Jackman tweeted a photo of the two smiling for the camera with the caption, "Seriously, mate. You've got to stop following me. SECURITY!!"

The two predictably spent most of the interview poking fun at each other. Reynolds pretended that he'd never seen the film, asked silly questions from "fans," and joked about his wife, Blake Lively, having an affair with Jackman. 

February 12, 2016: In 'Deadpool,' Reynolds' character wore a mask of Jackman's face

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Ryan Reynolds in "Deadpool." 20th Century Fox

Reynolds even managed to bring their feud into the  "Deadpool" film.

At one point in the movie, Vanessa pulls Deadpool's mask off his face, only to reveal that he was wearing a paper cutout of Jackman's face underneath it.

November 29, 2016: The pair took a few jabs at each other on Twitter

When a fan tweeted out a since-deleted drawing of Jackman and Reynolds as Wolverine and Deadpool, Jackman retweeted it, adding, "awesome artwork though feel it would be better if @VancityReynolds weren't (always) lurking in my shadow." 

 Reynolds replied, "I'm not lurking in your shadow. I'm caressing its soft, shadowy fur."

December 15, 2016: Jackman got back at Reynolds by using a paper cutout of his face in a video

Jackman posted a video pretending to be Reynolds in honor of the actor's new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

In the video, the Australian actor held up a paper cutout of Reynolds' face and said, "How could a guy who failed his high-school drama class be this talented? I have no answer."

He continued, "But to quote my favorite actor, in the world, the great Australian, Hugh Jackman — whom, by the way, was People's Sexiest Man Alive way before me — 'Americans are the most generous country on the planet.' So thank you America, and feel free to urinate on my section of the sidewalk."

January 17, 2017: In a moment of apparent truce, Jackman tweeted a delightful photo on Twitter

In a rare moment where neither of the friends made fun of each other, Jackman posted a photo with Reynolds and Pierce Brosnan on Twitter captioned with the hashtag, "#wolverinebonddeadpool."

March 5, 2017: Reynolds made fun of Jackman's fans on Twitter

After Jackman posted a photo of himself posing with some of his fans at the Beijing premiere of "Logan," Reynolds retweeted it with his own caption, "Pretty sure those are protestors."

April 11, 2018: Reynolds retweeted Jackman's wedding anniversary post with a silly caption

After Jackman tweeted out a sweet message wishing his wife a happy anniversary, Reynolds retweeted it, adding, "I gave this three months. Tops. I was wrong."

April 27, 2018: Jackman introduced a 'Deadpool 2' trailer 

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Hugh Jackman filmed an intro for the "Deadpool 2" trailer. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Jackman was given the honor of introducing a trailer for Reynolds' film "Deadpool 2."

In the video, Jackman is dressed in a white bathrobe sitting on the edge of a bed, and Reynolds, who is dressed as Deadpool, interrupts him by singing "Tomorrow" from "Annie."

As the camera pans to Reynolds, Jackman pulls it back to himself and says, "Yeah, don't give him too much attention."

May 18, 2018: 'Deadpool 2' featured yet another joke about Jackman as Wolverine

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"Deadpool 2" made a reference to "Logan." 20th Century Fox

Reynolds didn't let "Deadpool 2" pass by without getting a joke about Jackman into the movie.

In the sequel, there's a scene where Deadpool turns on a music box that's designed to look like Wolverine's death scene from "Logan." As Deadpool proceeds to blow himself up, he gives the camera the middle finger and says, "F--- Wolverine. Well guess what, Wolvy? I'm dying in this one too." 

Jackman also appeared in a post-credits scene after the film. 

October 23, 2018: Jackman tweeted out a birthday message for Reynolds that wasn't completely innocent

 

For his friend's birthday in 2018, Jackman tweeted a photo of the pair hugging with the caption, "Because I'm told that I AM THE NICEST GUY and you're NOT. @VancityReynolds … I will let you hug me. Just this once. On your birthday." 

Reynolds retweeted it, adding, "This man is a monster. He's not even from Australia. He's from Milwaukee."

November 2018: The two made faux political-takedown ads about each other

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman at San Diego Comic Con in 2015. Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP

At the beginning of the month, Reynolds tweeted out a fake political-takedown ad about Jackman not deserving an award for his role in "The Frontrunner."

He joked that Jackman wasn't a real Australian and insinuated that he, a "real foreigner," should get an award instead. But he ended the video by encouraging people to see his friend's film. 

Jackman replied with his own fake ad later in the month, in which he joked that Reynolds had been riding his "coattails since 2009 when Hugh hand-selected him to star in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.'"

Jackman ended the video by plugging Reynolds' project "Once Upon a Deadpool."

December 18, 2018: Reynolds called their feud a 'war' on 'The Ellen Show'

When Reynolds appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote "Once Upon a Deadpool," the host asked him about his rivalry with Jackman and whether or not the Australian actor would ever be in "Deadpool." 

Reynolds replied, "I would love to do a Deadpool-Wolverine mashup at some point, some kind of 'Logan' thing ... I'm trying. I talk to him every other day. Every other, other day, he takes the call. But yeah — no, it's not really a rivalry, it's a war."

December 20, 2018: Reynolds and Jackman went to a holiday party where they had the perfect photo op with Jake Gyllenhaal

Right before Christmas in 2018, Reynolds celebrated with Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, but he was the only one who wore an ugly Christmas sweater.

In the photos he posted on Instagram, Jackman and Gyllenhaal are pointing and laughing at a sullen-looking Reynolds, who captioned it, "These f---ing a--holes said it was a sweater party."

January 31, 2019: The friends announced a truce on Twitter

At the beginning of 2019, Reynolds tweeted out a photo of himself smiling and holding hands with Jackman. He captioned the tweet, "Official truce with @realhughjackman!"

He added that he was going to be making an ad for Jackman's company, Laughing Man Coffee.

February 6, 2019: Jackman and Reynolds made ads for each other's companies

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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman made a YouTube video to announce their truce. Ryan Reynolds / YouTube

In a YouTube video posted on Reynolds' channel, Jackman said that the two decided to call a truce in their social-media war. Instead, they were going to make ads for each other's companies: Laughing Man Coffee (Jackman's) and Aviation Gin (Reynolds').

Reynolds' ad for Laughing Man Coffee was full of praise and ended with him calling Jackman his friend.

Jackman's ad, however, was more on par with their previous encounters. It featured the actor dumping out a bottle of Aviation Gin and saying, "Ryan Reynolds is a complete and total f---ing a--hole. Gin's pretty great though. I'll have to try it someday." 

Jackman ended the YouTube video by saying, "Sorry man, I didn't think the truce was actually real."

June 8, 2019: Jackman, Reynolds, and Gyllenhaal all trolled each other for National Best Friend's Day

On National Best Friend's Day in 2019, Jackman and Reynolds dragged Gyllenhaal into their feud once again.

Reynolds started by posting a photo with Jackman on Instagram with the caption, "Happy #BestFriendsDay to Jake Gyllenhaal! (Not pictured)." 

Jackman then posted a photo on his Instagram of Reynolds hugging him, with the caption, "Stage 4 clinger #bestfriendsday #HiJake."

Finally, Gyllenhaal posted a photo with Jackman, writing, "Happy #bestfriendsday to Ryan Reynolds (not pictured)."

December 20, 2019: Jackman wore Reynolds' Christmas sweater from 2018

Reynolds may have been the odd one out at the holiday party in 2018, but in 2019, it was Jackman's turn.

The actor tweeted out a photo of himself wearing the same sweater Reynolds wore the year prior. The caption read, "I can't believe I agreed to wear the matching underwear too." 

February 5, 2020: Jackman celebrated their 'Truce-Aversary' with a video on Twitter

A year after declaring a truce on their social-media war, Jackman tweeted a video with outtakes from his Aviation Gin ad. 

April 20, 2020: Reynolds and Jackman called a 'cease-fire' to participate in the All-In Challenge amid the coronavirus pandemic

In April, Jackman and Reynolds made a video for the All-In Challenge where they talked about their feud. They joked that it's been going on "for as long as there have been Jackmans and Reynoldses." 

At the end of the video, they said that they've agreed to not disagree "for one day only," in order to raise money to combat food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

April 24, 2020: Jackman told the 'Today' show that his feud with Reynolds wasn't over

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Hugh Jackman said the feud is not over. Lee Jin-man/AP Photo

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show, Jackman said that their feud wasn't over, but his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, encouraged them to "rethink" everything and "build a bridge."

"I wasn't ready for that, but actually Blake [Lively] reached out. So Blake and Deb have been brokering this thing and we came up with participating in the All-In Challenge," he said. "We're going to do a lemonade stand together … that's how much I really want to support the frontline workers and make sure people have food and all of that sort of thing."

Jackman also joked that he and his wife had been reaching out to Lively, saying, "We talk to her, because can you imagine quarantine stuck in the house with Ryan? It must be brutal for her ... so we're reaching out."

April 16, 2020: Jackman said he tries to limit his revenge plotting to 'five hours a day'

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jackman said, "I try to limit it to five hours a day, planning retribution."

He continued, "I've found in the past that it just gets unhealthy if it's more than five hours of obsessing over how to get Ryan Reynolds. But five hours is good and healthy and keeps me strong and ready."

September 15, 2020: Reynolds proved that the feud wasn't really over with another tweet about Jackman

After Jackman posted a parody "day in the life" video — narrated by Reynolds — for Laughing Man Coffee, Reynolds retweeted the video with the comment, "You sleep with the wig on?"

October 12, 2020: Reynolds posted a lovingly mischievous Instagram Story for Jackman's birthday

On October 12, Jackman turned 52, and Reynolds made sure to keep their fake feud alive. 

The actor posted a video on his Instagram Story that started with "Hey, Hugh! Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and to tell you that I love you. I'm down here in Atlanta, so I wish I could be celebrating with you."

He continued, "You may notice it's a little quiet around the house this morning, that's because I flew Deb and the kids and the dogs, and your friends and furniture down here to celebrate your birthday with me. And we're having an amazing time. And, um, we miss you."

October 23, 2020: Jackman shared a fun throwback photo for Reynolds' birthday

To celebrate Reynolds' 44th birthday, Jackman posted a throwback picture of his friend playing the drums with the caption, "Happy birthday lil' buddy."

Reynolds shared the post on his Instagram Story, adding, "I was the Buddy Rich of bad drumming."

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