Ryan Reynolds talks 'Green Lantern,' pajamas and action figures
Ryan Reynolds has a lot to be excited for with his major action flick "Green Lantern" hitting theaters on Friday, but the actor is especially enthusiastic about the existence of Green Lantern pajamas.
"Green Lantern" is based on the DC Comic book that follows fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who becomes the first human inducted into the Green Lantern Corps., a brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order.
Each Green Lantern wears a ring that gives him superpowers. The Green Lanterns come together to fight a new enemy called Parallax and with the help of his fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Jordan overcomes his fear to join the fight.
"The pajamas," Reynolds told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television, when asked about his favorite product based on the movie. "We all need a good onesie."
"They're probably making 'Green Lantern' hubcaps for all I know," he added. "They do a lot of that cross-promotional stuff, the action figures and all that stuff is what's interesting to me because nowadays, they can actually make the action figures look like the actor in the film. So I saw my action figure and was like 'that looks just like me!'"
Reynolds was not forced to give up his sense of humor in order to be an action star and told OnTheRedCarpet.com that it was necessary to balance the "heavy issues" with a sense of humor.
"This isn't 'The Dark Knight,' this is a movie that is meant to be slightly aware of itself, you know and you can have a little bit of fun with that genre," he said. "We just found when you're dealing with such heavy issues as this - will and overcoming fear and saving the universe and all that kind of stuff, you want to inject a kind of fun into that in order to even things out."
"This movie is more about overcoming fear than having an absence of fear," Reynolds added. "It's more about courage, which is the very definition of overcoming fear. But I definitely have moments where I get a little boxed-in or something, I might feel a little bit of that, but I also realize that I'm in a very, very privileged position, that I get to do what I do and do what I love and it's all worth it, everything, all of it."
Reynolds and Lively filmed "Green Lantern" last year. He told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the 2010 Comic Con event in San Diego, California that shooting the movie was "the weirdest experience ever," mostly because his character's costume is half-virtual.
"You have to have a lot of faith in these artists, who are nothing short of magicians behind the scenes, who are creating this world for you," Reynolds said. "But they come down and give you references, they come down from their little cave upstairs where they're creating these worlds and they go 'okay, here's what you're looking at to your left, to your right, here's what's in front of you, here's what's behind you, here's what's flying by you.' You just have to use your imagination and just say 'okay, I'm in.'"
Reynolds played Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in the film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" alongside Hugh Jackman in 2009 and the title character in the 2002 comedy film "Van Wilder," which starred Tara Reid. He also starred in the sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl" from 1998 to 2001.
Reynolds began his on-screen career on Canadian television, starring in shows such as the teen soap opera "Hillside," also called "Fifteen," in 1990 and the sci-fi teen series "The Odyssey."
In December, Reynolds divorced actress Scarlett Johansson after two years of marriage.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out a trailer for "Green Lantern" below.