These days, snippets of celebrity’s most intimate moments are almost inevitable – from Kourtney Kardashian broadcasting the birth of her firstborn, or Ashley Benson snapping during a dentist appointment, to Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly licking each other’s tongues.
But Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – actors, friends and co-owners of a Welsh football club – may have gone a step further by recently filming much of their colonoscopies and anesthesia-infused recoveries to shed light on colon cancer screening.
“I was in front of the camera a lot,” Reynolds said in the video released Tuesday, with the caveat that it was the first time the camera had been focused on such an intimate location.
It started with a gamble, the actors said. Last year, the two self-proclaimed competition friends made a bet: McElhenney, who creates and plays it’s always sunny in PhiladelphiaHe could learn Welsh, Reynolds would broadcast his colonoscopy publicly. Despite Reynolds’ faith in his bet, McElhenney learned the notoriously difficult language — or at least enough phrases to send Reynolds to the hospital with a film crew.
Shown on the way to the treatment room, the Dead Pool Star said his decision to have his colonoscopy recorded was because he wanted to raise awareness “of something that is definitely going to save lives,” Reynolds, 45, said in the clip, made in collaboration with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Lead From Behind, a colon cancer awareness organization.
“The procedure itself doesn’t take long. We’re talking 30 minutes,” a doctor told the actor as he was wheeled into the treatment room. “It’s amazingly effective.”
McElhenney challenged Reynolds to a bet. Rob won, so Ryan had a live colonoscopy on camera
During a colonoscopy, a doctor threads a flexible tube with a tiny camera at the tip through the rectum into the colon to get a close-up look at the inside of the organ. It sounds scary, but it’s usually painless — and most patients become sedated through it all. (This part was not shown in Reynolds video.)
The procedure checks for abnormalities in the colon, such as swelling, irritation, or tumors. It’s also the most important preventive measure for early detection of colon cancer — the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, which recommends that most people by age 45 have screening every 10 years.
In Reynolds’ case, the doctor found an “extremely subtle polyp,” or clump of cells, in his colon. The doctor removed it and “interrupted the natural course…of a process that could have progressed to cancer and caused all sorts of problems.”
“That’s why people have to do this,” the doctor said. “It saves lives.” Although Reynolds lost the bet, McElhenney (45) also underwent a colonoscopy. His doctor removed three polyps.
“Arriving on time is key,” McElhenney’s doctor said. Colon cancer is “100 percent preventable” when people have the recommended colonoscopies.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/celebrity-oversharing-goes-deeper-than-ever-thanks-to-rob-mcelhenney-ryan-reynolds-and-that-live-colonoscopy-41993273.html Celebrity oversharing goes deeper than ever thanks to Rob McElhenney, Ryan Reynolds and this live colonoscopy