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Did Ryan Reynolds give a shout-out to Fresno church?

Actor Ryan Reynolds gives Fresno’s Unitarian Church a nod in a tongue-in-cheek video about his new company Aviation Gin.

Best known for his role as the smart aleck superhero Deadpool, Reynolds released the over-the-top video on his Twitter page Thursday. Within two hours, it racked up nearly half a million views.

And that’s all good to Rev. Tim Kutzmark, who heads the Unitiarian Universalist Church in Fresno. In the video, it shows a minister (not the real Kutzmark) ordaining dozens of bottles of freshly made Aviation Gin.

The line in the video says: “The reason some people don’t drink gin is that strong juniper taste. So, after apologizing to each berry individually, we beat the living hell out of them. To ensure that heavenly taste, every bottle of Aviation is ordained by the Unitarian Church of Fresno, California. And then, before it departs home, serenaded by the healing music of Sarah McLachlan.”

After seeing the video Thursday morning, Kutzmark said he had to pick himself off the floor from laughing.

“Unitarian Universalism is a faith tradition that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Thanks to Ryan Reynolds, that blessing now extends to the worth and dignity of every bottle of Aviation Gin,” Kutzmark said. “We’d love to invite Ryan to host a gin tasting party at the church, and he is welcome as a guest preacher anytime his schedule allows. Perhaps a sermon on the spirituality of ‘Deadpool 2?’ ”

Reynolds acquired an ownership interest in the Portland gin company earlier this year.

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