Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin on BBC Radio 1

Deadpool 2's Josh Brolin kept using Green Lantern during his insult battle with Ryan Reynolds

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May 19, 2018

Deadpool and Cable were at each other's throats during the newly released Deadpool 2, but the relationship between their performers couldn’t be smoother. Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin have been nearly inseparable while promoting the movie, and they even filmed a comedic skit together in which they starred in a remake of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. But things didn’t really get ugly between them until they appeared on BBC Radio 1 earlier this week. 

As part of his signature feature, Playground Insults, BBC Radio 1 host Scott Mills invited Reynolds and Brolin to tear into each other with any verbal assault they could think off. Brolin came well prepared for this battle, and his secret weapon was Reynolds’ not-so secret shame: the live-action Green Lantern movie.

Warning: some of the language in this clip is extremely NSFW! 

Reynolds has been so open about his disdain for his starring role in Green Lantern that it was referenced in both of the Deadpool movies, and even Warner Bros. felt the need to address it. And yet he couldn’t answer Brolin’s Green Lantern insults without agreeing with them. This may have even turned the tide in Reynolds’ favor, when Brolin laughed uncontrollably at the suggestion that neither Reynolds nor the editor of Green Lantern had seen the final film. 

The rules of this contest stipulated that it could only be won by a really incredible insult or if the players could make their opponent laugh uncontrollably. Reynolds’ attempt to counter the Green Lantern jokes with cracks about The Goonies quickly fell apart when he almost immediately apologized for making them. He just loved that movie too much to ever convincingly slam it.

Who do you think won the insult battle between Reynolds and Brolin? Let us know in the comment section below!