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Ryan Reynolds Treats 86-Year-Old Born On Leap Day To First Legal Drink

Ryan Reynolds Treats 86-Year-Old Born On Leap Day To First Legal Drink

An 86-year-old woman born on a leap day has been given her first ever legal drink - by none other than Ryan Reynolds, who treated her to a glass of his Aviation gin.

When you're born on a leap day, you only *technically* get to celebrate your birthday once every four years, which sucks - especially as people insist on pretending you're only nine years old when you're actually well into your 30s. I'd imagine that joke wears pretty thin, no?

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Well, in this case it's actually worked in one woman's favour, as Reynolds stepped in to provide her with her first legal drink on her '21st' birthday.

Arlene Manko. Credit: Aviation Gin
Arlene Manko. Credit: Aviation Gin

Arlene Manko was born in 1936, but as she was a leap year baby she's only just officially turning 21 - the legal drinking age in the United States.

The Deadpool actor wanted to make sure her first legal tipple was a good one, so decided to treat Arlene to some of his Aviation gin, making a promotional video to tie in with the stunt.

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In the video, Arlene shows us a newspaper clipping announcing her wedding when she was younger, saying: "I was technically five years old when I got married."

Sitting in an armchair, she tells the camera: "30,679 days I've waited to turn 21.

"I had seven kids in 10 years - do you think sometimes I didn't want a drink?

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"You don't get in trouble when you do what you're told."

She adds: "But I'm not an angel, so it's okay - I'm ready to party."

Credit: Aviation Gin
Credit: Aviation Gin
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As Arlene takes her first sip of the gin, Reynolds says in the voiceover: "Happy birthday, Arlene."

She seems to enjoy it, too, tilting her head back in sheer delight and exclaiming: "Holy Moses!"

The clip also ends with Arlene saying she 'didn't know' who Ryan Reynolds was, as the actor cuts her off, adding: "Ignore her, she's been drinking."

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A message then tells anyone born on 29 February 1936 to email [email protected] - presumably (and hopefully) so they can also turn 21 with a treat from the company.

Featured Image Credit: Aviation Gin

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Food And Drink, Ryan Reynolds, Alcohol

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]