-Dude, I want to get into this
right here. How did you get involved —
Aviation Gin? What is going on?
This is, like — This is an American-made gin. -It’s an American gin. Little smoother than our —
its British counterparts, little more drinkable. Uh, wow.
I sound like a pro. -Yeah, you’re actually
good at this. -I really know nothing
about gin. If I ran the company for real,
it would be on fire. [ Laughter ] -No. It was —
I was in Vancouver, and I had been —
I was shooting. And I was shooting
a film out there. And I went to
this one restaurant. I ordered a Negroni.
And then I was — It was the best Negroni
I had ever had in my life. And I went back there
about eight more times before I finally asked the guy,
“What’s in this?” And he said it was Aviation Gin. So, I did a little research,
and it won — got, like, a 97 for wine — It was, like,
the highest-rated gin ever for that particular company. And it was tiny. So, I was able
to meet some of the owners and weasel my way in
as an owner. And I love it.
It’s amazing. -Where is this based out of?
-It’s based out of Portland. Portland, Oregon.
-Cheers. Was this just gin and soda? -Mine’s just straight gin. Yours has lots of soda
right there. -Wow.
[ Laughter ] I love it.
-Yeah. -Dude, it’s fantastic.
-Pretty great. -Refreshing.
-I know. So, it’s been fun. It’s been fun learning
kind of the ropes. You know, the liquor industry’s
kind of not unlike the — Yeah, there you go.
Kicking right in, huh? Yeah. I put a little
something extra in there. -[ Slurring ]
You’re my best friend. You’re my best friend.
-No, you hang up. No, you hang up.
-No, you hang up. [ Laughter ] It is tasty, man.
-I know. Pretty good, right? -Refreshing.
I love it. But now, dude,
now you go to meetings now? Are you, like —
-Loaded? Yeah, pretty much.
-No, no, no. I mean, no. Do you go into meetings and,
like, talk about the company? -Yeah. I kind of travel
all over the country. I meet buyers,
that sort of stuff. It’s, like, it’s a real,
genuine responsibility. But it’s not — it’s not too
dissimilar to the film industry. I mean, it’s all sort of based
on relationships and handshakes. You know, but what’s weird
and I found so ironic was that it’s
the liquor industry where you actually
have to be accountable. Like, in the — in the film
business, you can, you know — If you’re working on a movie, you can go out for a night
of drinking and then, you know, miss work because you
fell asleep on a stove. And no one’s gonna really
do much about it. But the liquor industry,
it’s hardcore. Yeah, you can’t — You don’t
mess up with those guys. Yeah. No.
-No, you can’t. But you said it’s like just
jumping into everything. Like, even jumping
into “Deadpool,” you didn’t know what —
what it was. -No. It was sort of — The whole thing’s been
an amazing learning experience. But you gotta trust your gut
on this kind of stuff. I mean, 11 years ago, I remember
reading a “Deadpool” comic and feeling like this is
a once-in-a-lifetime connection. And then a few years later,
I met my wife, and I was like, “Oh, I guess
a once-in-a-lifetime connection can happen twice.” And then — And then
we had our children. And that’s when I realized
that I love gin. [ Laughter and applause ] I just… I took the passion… -Of course. Of course.
-I went deep with the passion. Right? So, that’s when I bought —
I bought Aviation Gin. -That’s fantastic, dude.
-Yeah. -I know that if you do
go on vacation, you have to have
an out-of-office e-mail reply that people do. And you’re not really
used to those type of — -No. It’s all so formal.
Yeah. Suddenly, I have, like,
a pseudo-cyber office when I have to be — again,
I have to be accountable. So when I’m away, I have to send
out out-of-office e-mails. So, if you e-mail me
at the company, you get a response back,
at least. And it’s, yeah, been fun. -And some people told you to,
you know, just keep it short and sweet. -Keep it short and sweet.
-Out of the office. -Nothing personal.
-Not checking my e-mail. -Be back — Yeah.
-Yeah. -So, I went deep.
-This is six paragraphs long. It’s just —
-Yeah, yeah. -This is your
out-of-office e-mail reply. We highlighted some stuff. -Yeah. It was — It was fun.
-In case you want to just — -It was a bit of an overshare.
I enjoyed it. Yeah, so this is only my second
out-of-office reply. And from what I’m told, it should be short, sweet,
never personal. I said, “This Father’s –”
This is for Father’s Day. I said, “This is
the perfect time to give your dad the best
Aviation American Gin.” I said, “While my own father
may be gone, the unspoken tension we shared
is alive and well. This Father’s Day, you may not be able to give Dad
a second chance, but you can give him a bottle
of Aviation American Gin. Or if he died
before either of you could even begin to comprehend
the importance of closure, just get yourself a bottle. [ Laughter ] Happy Father’s Day. Ryan Reynolds, owner,
Aviation Gin.” Yeah. I mean, that’s just
an out-of-office reply. Short and sweet. -Yeah. -Short and sweet.
Nothing too personal. -I have one right now, if you e-mail me
at [email protected] You get one right now. I’ll tell you
exactly where I am. -Really?
-Yeah, yeah. It’s true. Yeah. I have one personalized
for “The Tonight Show” even. -You will?
-Yeah. -So, if you e-mail
[email protected]– -Probably shouldn’t give
my e-mail address on live television.
-Yeah, that’s a big mistake. You’re gonna get e-mails, dude. -Works for everybody else.
Works for politicians. -Yeah.