With Deadpol currently in theaters and already doing a bang up job making a nice bit of money, Ryan Reynolds’ career as a superhero looks to finally be on the right track. In the not too distant past, though, it seemed like the actor would never get another shot at any super-powered character ever. Between his ill-conceived appearance as some weird, sorta Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the huge failure of his outing in Green Lantern it looked to be out of the cards for him. And, recently, Reynolds admitted that his Green Lantern movie did, in fact, leave a lot to be desired.
There’s nothing like an actor being honest about failed filmic efforts, even if they do come years after the fact. Ryan Reynolds appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and responded to host Andy Cohen’s question to rate Green Lantern on a scale of 1 to 10 with a final answer of "ONE!"
I have to say, though, it did seem like he felt a bit pressured to give the movie that low of a final rating. Did you notice how the camera slowly came closer and closer to his face as he began to answer the question? Not that they’d have to physically move a giant camera closer to him, but if he could see himself on any kind of playback in the studio, he would have known the zoom was upon him. Also, congrats to Andy Cohen for admitting that there was some pressure on Reynolds there. He did seem to "buckle" under the pressure, even to the extent that he needed to take part in a, probably, not-for-children libation after answering.
Ryan Reynolds also mentions that the film "didn’t work," and most people would certainly agree with that. The 2011 film also starred some heavy-hitting film talent like Angela Bassett, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins, but none of that could make critics or audiences like it. Green Lantern got a slew of mixed and negative reviews. On the Rotten Tomatoes site, it has a rating of 26 percent and a consensus review that calls it "noisy, over produced, and thinly written."
The movie also experienced a 66 percent drop in revenue during its second weekend, the largest decline for a superhero movie in 2011. Ultimately it made a little over $219 million, against a budget of $200 million. You can take a look at a snippet of his interview here.
Hey, it’s not like the guy didn’t try. He certainly has the right bravado and look to carry off the superhero thing (though, those looks will mostly be covered up in Deadpool). Now, it finally looks like people will get to see that what the right hero looks like with Ryan Reynolds in the role. And, considering the effort he’s put into getting the film made, he’s got to be glad about that.
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