Ryan Reynolds is the most superhero-ish actor ever, with three big-screen comic roles to his name (Green Lantern, Deadpool, and don’t tell me you’ve forgotten Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity). But, Green Lantern was Reynolds’ first superheroic starring role. In case you missed it, the film was panned, and producers lost an estimated $73-90 million.
But hey, Reynolds isn’t bitter. He merely referenced it in a comedy skit with Stephen Colbert. Specifically, he joked about Colbert’s desire to have a green superpowered ring with a lantern on it. “Wow,” Reynolds said. “That’s a really dumb superpower.”
Vanity Fair reminds us that Reynolds took the role of Green Lantern when there was no script, just a concept. As Reynolds said, “[I]t was the classic studio story: ‘We have a poster, but we don't have a script or know what we want; let's start shooting!’”
Lucky for Reynolds, this loss of millions of dollars didn’t mean a loss of confidence in his acting abilities. He was given the role of Deadpool, which earned a gross of almost $750 million. He just had to find the right superhero.
Reynolds’ takeaway lesson was a good one: As Vanity Fair also reminds us, he personally paid for Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to be on set, in case of screenwriting emergencies. It's clear that Reynolds believes that a good script equals a good movie. See how important writers are?
(Via Vanity Fair)