For Ryan Reynolds, among the perks of starring as daredevil test pilot Hal Jordan in Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” was acting alongside now-wife Blake Lively, who played his love interest. And while the film did not do as much box office business as Warner Bros. might have hoped, it happened to come along at just the right time for Reynolds, who was struggling to shepherd another comic-book movie — this year’s Golden Globe-nominated “Deadpool” — to the big screen.
“‘Deadpool,’ by far, was always a passion project of mine, but I just could not get it off the ground, as hard as I tried,” Reynolds tells Variety. “Early on, before we had a director, before we even had a story behind it, when we were developing the script, we were just doing everything we could to get it read by the studio and see if we could get the ball moving forward. In our many failed attempts I, of course, had to look at other opportunities that I was lucky enough to have come my way and one of those was ‘Green Lantern.'”
Admittedly, Reynolds, who was not a comic-book junkie growing up, knew very little about the Green Lantern character. The movie grossed only $116 million domestically on a $200 million budget, and was panned by critics. But Reynolds still believes that he “would have been a fool” to pass up the opportunity.
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“I didn’t know much about the Green Lantern going in, and I didn’t know what it would be like to do something on that scale and be part of something on that gigantic superhero juggernaut machine that Warner Bros. had over there,” says Reynolds. “In the end, the movie didn’t really work or didn’t meet the expectations the studio had for it, for many reasons, but it was one of those things where I was an actor for hire and I think at the time I would have been a fool not to take it or jump at the chance to try and be a part of something like that.”
Reynolds is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. Watch the ceremony here.