This is evident with its social media grips, including @VancityReynolds. This also emerges from his actions.
The Vancouver actor made an inspirational speech to graduate students from his former high school, Kitsilano Secondary, on Friday.
Among other things, Reynolds advised students to “practice some form of compassion every day.”
But he also came with gifts.
Before the nearly five-minute video ended, these words flashed on the screen: “Oh, and I miss Nat’s Pizzeria. Each graduate receives a large pizza on me … Good luck to all. “
Nat Bastone, owner of the Nat’s New York pizzeria with his cousin Franco since it opened on West Broadway in 1992, said in an interview with The Daily Hive that Reynolds told him of his plan on Thursday.
The Hollywood star is no stranger to Nat’s, starting out in high school regularly.
Bastone says business has been going well lately, although the influx of business courtesy from Reynolds – a loyal customer since the early 1990s – will help. Kits is not a small school, so it is not a small order.
Reynolds buys a large pizza for each of 385 Grade 12 Kitsilano students – which will likely amount to an order of around $ 10,000. Students will be given details on how to redeem their free pizza at school, and they will be encouraged to show up at different times to ensure physical distance.
Then there is the free publicity that the pizzeria has received. Nat described Friday as “pretty overwhelming”, a sort of media frenzy that flooded the store.
“I sent a text [Reynolds]. I said “shit, it’s going! He texted me and just said “haha”. He thought it was funny, “said Bastone. “He just wants us to keep working. “
“Basically, he thinks about his past and recognizes what he remembers having been good times,” said Bastone.
Steps from his former high school, Kits is still a Reynolds favorite.
“They hung out and ate pizza like teenagers did,” Bastone said of a teenage boy Reynolds and his friends in the early 1990s.
Reynolds still frequents the establishment when he’s in town, says Bastone, recalling that the actor ordered 32 pizzas at a time while filming Deadpool.
“Shout at him for doing a good deed,” Bastone said of Reynolds’ message to the students. “You don’t have to be rich to do a good deed. “