Ryan Reynolds has played superheroes several times. A few years ago it was “Green Lantern,” a film so bad he admits he was made effectively unemployable by it. The other was this year’s “Deadpool,” a far better received film that has been such a success that he’s now one of the most in-demand actors out there.
So why did the latter succeed where the former failed? Reynolds has offered some thoughts on that front – reflecting on the difference between Deadpool and Green Lantern in a chat with Entertainment Weekly. He says:
“Well it’s simple: Deadpool always knew what it was. With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible.
It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it.
I did however write a letter to Fox right before I had to decide whether or not I was gonna do Green Lantern. I asked one last time sort of like the groom standing at the alter, ‘Will you please be my wife?’ and they said they couldn’t pull the trigger on Deadpool. For too many reasons too boring to illustrate, it just didn’t work.”
Reynolds is expected to reprise his role of Deadpool for the upcoming sequel which goes into production next year.