Who saw this coming? Ryan Reynolds is the hottest star on the planet these days thanks to his Deadpool movie, which has mauled all comers across the globe to scoop up an unprecedented $500 million in only two weeks.

All of the duds Reynolds has starred in before have been quickly erased from memory thanks to Deadpool, which makes references to Liam Neeson and Sinead O’Connor. And, you’ll be happy to know, Deadpool – we mean Reynolds – claims Irish ancestry.

“I’ve been to Dublin and Galway. My brother and I just toured around there for a while. We have relatives there, whom we completely avoided,” he told The Irish Times in 2011 while promoting The Green Lantern.

Canadian-born Reynolds also told Movies.ie in 2009 that “with brothers named Terry and Patrick, I’m pretty damn Irish!”