Ryan Reynolds has had a 2009 that could be described as ‘above average’. The Proposal was a hit, he got to play Deadpool which he’d been wanting to do for years, and he married Scarlett Johansson. While he won’t be on-screen much in 2010 and I doubt he’ll be getting married again, he will be suiting up early next year to play Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.
MTV caught up with Reynolds recently to talk about the past year, and they asked him about both Green Lantern and Deadpool.
I’ve known about “Green Lantern” my whole life, but I’ve never really followed it before. I fell in love with the character when I met with [director] Martin Campbell. When I sat down with him, I really got what it is that this guy is all about. When you have a guy like Martin Campbell, part of his charm is that he has ba–s of titanium, and the other part is that he’s slightly crazy, and you have to be to take on something with the scope of “Green Lantern.” He’s less of the director and more of a general. He just really knows strategies, he knows the intricacies, and his attention to detail! It’s infectious. I sat down with him, and I could not even believe what he was saying. When I went to the meeting, I was entirely cynical. I thought, “What the hell, I’ll see what they have to say,” and I left the room with a completely different perspective.
Martin Campbell is the director responsible for Casino Royale, which successfully rebooted the Bond franchise. Everything so far is pointing towards Green Lantern being a cool movie, and Warner Bros. need it to be great if they are to compete with Marvel and it’s Avengers line-up.
Now for Deadpool:
Finding the tone of that character alone is such a difficult prospect. I’ve been in so many meetings lately about “Deadpool” and meeting all these writers. Everyone is always looking for that one line, “What is that character?” and for me it’s kind of like, “There’s a guy, and he’s in a highly militarized comedic fame spiral.” That’s not an easy thing to write — an entire screenplay, let alone a franchise. I had a blast playing Wade. Every line I had in that was stuff I thought he would say. It wasn’t something that a writer said to me. It was fun to really create that character, including everything he spits out of his awful mouth.