For me, Ryan Reynolds will always be Sandra Bullock's secretly minted minion in the 2009 US romantic comedy The Proposal, who agrees to marry his boss to prevent her being deported because her visa has run out, and ends up, well, reader, they fall in love.
It's far from being a great film, and is sometimes simply embarrassing, but it has its moments, and as I have only seen it three times so far I won't make a final judgement.
Anyway, about Wrexham Football Club.
As you may have noted in the popular press, Reynolds - who is also minted in real life, particularly thanks to the 2016 superhero film Deadpool, in which he plays the title character - is poised to take over the oldest Welsh football club (and indeed the third oldest football club in the world) in partnership with another Hollywood star, Rob McElhenney.
Wrexham, who play in the National League, four tiers below the Premier League, stand to benefit initially from an estimated £2 million ($2.6 million/€2.2 million) through the intervention of the two showbiz pals, whose plans were overwhelmingly accepted by the supporters' trust that has guided the club's fortunes since 2011.
As an intriguing article by Peter MacInnes in today's Guardian points out, Reynolds and McElhenney told trust members in a recent Zoom call that they had already started filming the takeover process for the purposes of a documentary.
"An article on Bloomberg last week suggested that a streaming company, like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, might pay £300,000 ($400,000/€337,000) an hour for a documentary of this sort, which - at eight episodes per series - would more than double the club's annual revenue and also cover off the duo's £2 million investment in the club in their first year," MacInnes writes.
There's a striking, if not exact parallel, here with the 2014 takeover of Salford City by five of Manchester United's stellar performers - Nicky Butt, Phil and Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes - who in 2019 were joined by their old team-mate David Beckham.
The Class of '92, as this group of players came to be known after breaking into United's first team around that time and super-charging an era of dizzying success under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, each own 10 per cent of the club, with Singapore billionaire Peter Lim now holding the remaining 40 per cent.
So money has been, er, available, to the small-time club within Greater Manchester, although nothing crass has come to pass.
The Class of '92 has guided Salford City from tier eight of English football to the fourth tier, League Two, with Scholes currently the club's interim manager.
Meanwhile, the process has been the subject of two documentaries on the BBC and a third on Sky Sports, as well as a Netflix special - Class of '92: Out of Their League.
Point one. Only 12 episodes were made of Fawlty Towers. Had the 1970s sitcom ranked first among the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000 been a US production, it might very well still be running.
Reynolds, for instance, starred in Deadpool 2 in 2018 and work is currently in progress on Deadpool 3. McElhenney is the writer and lead character Mac in the dark sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that first aired in 2005 and is still going strong…
On that reckoning, Wrexham Goes To Hollywood, or whatever the final franchise is called, promises to make The Class of '92 output look like a prologue.
Point two. Like the Hollywood duo, like the Class of '92, football and fantasy are mates. They have a lasting bond. But if fantasy takes over then trouble follows.
Football followers in Britain are currently preoccupied with the new rules currently involving VAR and handball, but the unregulated relationship between fantasy and football goes far deeper.
Wrexham's club director Spencer Harris maintains: "As I see it, the football club is the horse and the documentary is the cart." It remains to be seen which comes first.
I recall a similar interface between football and fantasy that occurred when It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was a mere sitcom kid in season three.
In November 2007 the club that had been established in 1946 as Gravesend and Northfleet FC had just changed its name to Ebbsfleet United and was playing in the same tier that Wrexham now inhabit, then known as the Blue Square Premier League.
So far, so normal. But apart from the name change there was another innovation at Stonebridge Road (although the club's ground has officially been known since 2017 as the Kuflink Stadium, in case you wondered) – namely an unusually potent takeover by supporters.
For £35 ($47/€39), fans and followers could sign up as members of "MyFootballClub" and become shareholders, albeit there was no possibility of making a profit thereby or receiving a dividend.
What was proposed to be on offer to each member, however, was a vote on transfers as well as player selection and all major decisions. Around 27,000 parties were sufficiently satisfied with that prospect to sign up, boosting the takeover fund to around £700,000 ($937,000/€787,000).
Soon after news of this new arrangement broke I went to watch Ebbsfleet earn a very old-school goalless draw at Oxford United, under the guidance of their very old-school manager Liam Daish - a no nonsense central defender for whom Ron Atkinson paid £1.5 million ($2 million/€1.7 million) while at Coventry City and who won five caps for the Republic of Ireland. I then attended what promised to be a uniquely interesting press conference.
Daish, who was to become head coach rather than manager under the new regime, was asked if there were areas where some of the newly available £700,000 needed to be spent.
"Yes. Definitely," he replied. "Are you prepared to share them with us?" his questioner followed up. "No. I'll share them with my members."
"One of which I am…"
Cue laughter. And Daish was now prepared to share a domestic moment from earlier in the day.
"Tell you what," he said. "This morning as I'm getting ready to turn up, my missus starts talking about formations. It's the first time she's talked about football. Ever. And it turns out she's paid her £35. She thinks that I'm answerable to her now."
"So I'd like to know where she gets this spare £35 from..."
Even louder laughter...(I did say about the old school thing). But there was a serious side to all of this. How far could, should, fantasy be allowed to go?
A few seats down from the hardcore supporters with their shirts and drum sat Alex Wymer, one of the MyFootballClub newcomers.
"I'm a Newcastle fan," he said. "But they haven't exactly offered the same deal yet. I've done a bit of research and I wanted to come and see what the team looked like." He departed well satisfied.
"They did really well," he said. "It's definitely a good base to build on."
Further up the stand "Hursty", born and bred in Gravesend and a long-time supporter of the team, evidenced a sense of doubt about the brave new world.
"I'm here with eight mates, and we can't even agree amongst ourselves about who should play, so how are 20,000 people going to do it?" he said. "It's all b*****ks."
In the short-term, the relationship between the club's management and its new directors worked with apparent success, with the club winning the FA Trophy in 2008 on its first trip to Wembley.
But a year after the takeover had been ratified in January 2008 the membership, which had peaked at 32,000, dropped to 9,000, and by September 2010 had fallen to 3,500.
In October 2010 members rescinded the decision that had been made in 2008 to allow Daish to retain control of transfer plans, with proposed signings or sales now requiring to be ratified within 48 hours.
The manager and the club secretary opposed that change. Impasse. And by the end of December 2011 it was announced that the club needed to raise £50,000 ($67,000/€56,000) by the end of the season to avoid going out of business.
On April 23, 2013 the dwindling number of MyFootballClub's members voted in favour of handing two-thirds of the shares to the Fleet Trust, a supporters' trust for the club, with the final third going to one of the club's major shareholders (believed to be former club chairman Brian Killcullen).
Ebbsfleet United were relegated to the Conference South at the end of that season.
The relationship between football and fantasy, as I say, is a complex one, and if people begin tampering with it there is a disturbance of the force.
As Egon Spengler so wisely reminds us in Ghostbusters: "Don't cross the streams."