Why Samuel L. Jackson gave Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds bees as gifts


Samuel L. Jackson reflects on the incredible gift he once gave ex-partners Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds to celebrate their 2008 wedding.

When talking to vulturethe ‘Secret Invasion’ actor explained, which inspired him to give the couple the unusual gift.

Jackson starred in 2017’s ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ alongside Reynolds, whom he called a “smart wanker,” but explained he first met the Canadian actor through Johansson, his Marvel co-star.

Since Jackson said the Black Widow actor was “always talking about nature,” it only made sense for the “Shaft” star to gift her and Reynolds a hive of “10 pounds of bees.”

“So I had my assistant go and buy 10 pounds of bees, and then I bought them bee suits and all,” Jackson recalls. “They kept bees for a while. During their marriage, they got honey for a couple of years.”

He added, “And then one day the bees left the hive or the queen or some shit.”

Johansson and the “Deadpool” star split in 2011. Just a year later, Reynolds married actor Blake Lively. The couple shares four children.

The “Lucy” actor married French journalist Romain Dauriac in 2014, but the two parted ways in 2017. The ex-partners have an eight-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy.

Johansson is now married to comedian Colin Jost after they wed in October 2020. The two gave birth to their son Cosmo in August 2021.

In February, Reynolds spoke while appearing on the US television series ” “Late Show With David Letterman” in 2009, He joked that he half expected to receive a “bloodless corpse of a frat boy” from the “Pulp Fiction” star as a wedding present.

“But no, [Jackson’s assistant] come back [to my front door] out of the trunk and he brings this square box and it hums insanely loud. He tells me there are 10,000 bees here and Mr. Jackson wants you to have this hive,” Reynolds explained.

He added, “So I said, ‘I guess we’ll put this in the backyard?’ And he says, “Yes.” So he gives me some beekeeper outfits and a lifetime subscription to American Beekeepers Journal. Next thing I know I’m making honey.”

Reynolds went on to joke that despite the fear of the gift, the bees have proven to be a “great security system” for his home.

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