One of the most anticipated press conferences that took place at this year’s Comic-Con was Warner Bros’ Green Lantern. Last week the studio unleashed the first photos, this week we got some character posters and now we have an interview with the man himself Ryan Reynolds, along with co-stars Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, and director Martin Campbell.
Here are some of the video highlights from the interview followed by all the details they had to add about the film…
MC: It’s not a tough one to explain. I think it’s all very, very clear. I think the story that we are telling which is the Hal Jordon story. The fact that he is taken up to Oa, he’s inducted, he becomes green lantern, the way in which the ring works through will power, the stronger your will power, the stronger your construct, whatever your imagination cares to create. The actual story is very simple. There are many complex characters and all the chars from the origin story go on to the dark side in later comics and things, but I think it’s very straight forward.
RR: There’s a lot of them that are inspiring. Unlike many of the other comic books, it’s such a vast universe to this character and his contemporaries. I read a few different ones. For the most part this is an origin story and I was able to focus a little on secret origins but our script is a much more in depth interpretation of that basic storyline. Geoff Johns described this thing as a version of Star Wars in the DC universe. I think that was a pretty apt description. You have so much you can mine out of this, these comics and this character. Any time you’re dealing with a guy who has something unbelievable and unsurmountable to overcome, it makes for an interesting story. As an actor, it’s an interesting and excellent thing to get an opportunity to play. This guy has a distinct starting point, he’s a bit of a fractured human being, seen his father die. Later in life he’s cocky and aimless. It’s this extraordinary power bestowed on him that sets him on a humbling path.
How tight IS this costume?
RR: Yeah, this costume is a motion capture suit that I’m wearing, so because it’s not seen on camera they’ve managed to find a material that I think most would agree is the most aggravating substance on earth. We’re shooting in Louisiana which is pretty close to the sun. the suit’s been difficult running around in a unitard in the NO summer heat. If I were wearing anything, it’s going to be pretty uncomfortable doing an action movie in the deep south this time.
Stunt and Training:
RR: The training’s just different. You’re not training on an aesthetic level, you’re training on a functional ability. You want to stay out of the hospital as long as possible, but it is a MC movie so you’re bound to be there once or twice. He pushes you hard so I think that’s why – - Martin described it as a knife fight in a phone booth. That’s an apt description of how his action feels. … it’s been fun to train in that regard.
BL: I got to be in The Matrix rig. This rig invented for The Matrix. I think it goes about 20 feet high but I like to say 50 so please spread that rumor. I’m on this gyroscopic waist belt. It works towards your weight and makes you nauseous. That was the extent of my stunts but we did some test pilot training too.
Lets talk Villains and the actors behind them:
PS: [Hector Hammond] is a biologist. He teaches the university but in his private time is quite interested in extremophiles, animals that live in extreme environments on earth as a way to understand creatures on other planets. There’s a fine line between science and wishful thinking. I thought about a lot of people who have sort of stretched our ideas. Added a little bit of creativity to science like Carl Sagan or Isaac Asimov. I read more things like that than straight comics when I was young. A sense of wonder about the world where you start filling in gaps which is what most scientists try not to do. I really thought of him as kind of a dreamer in a lot of ways.
And of course Sinestro?
MS: I’m not sure you prepare for villains necessarily. You prepare for a character. The way I look at villains is nobody’s born evil. Usually something happens to their time on the planet or in space that causes them to become that. You have to look at who he is, what he stands for and what he believes in. He is an incredibly organized, fearless, exponent of the GL core who believes who knows best. In this movie as it stands, he becomes mentor to the newly minted human green lantern and guides him through his first steps. We deal with that process so I don’t think of him as a villain. He’s just an incredibly powerful presence who knows what he believes and what he wants to be right. if there’s anything that causes him later on to spill over to the dark side, it’s his unquestioning belief in his rightness.
Despite Ryan’s success, he was never guaranteed the part….
MC: We did test a few actors. We tested a few of the twice. We went to England and tested a few people. Really, and it’s a very serious consideration. This is not just one film but if it’s successful we’ll do a sequel so we hope this goes on for a long time. Everyone was good. Ryan was exceptional.
DD: We found out they always want to see the guy in the mask as part of the test. Ryan looks really good in a mask.
RR: I have one little anecdote I haven’t mentioned yet – - there was a Cinderella element to it because the FX house had this thing called life casts. You can build a prosthetic around that.The FX house that was asked to make the Green Lantern mask had no idea who was auditioning, but they arbitrarily chose my head from their vast catalogs of heads. So when I showed up, my mask fit a little better than maybe Regis P or Richard Chamberlain’s would have fit.
- Watch Ryan Reynolds Recite the Green Lantern Oath
- Green Lantern First Look Footage
- Green Lantern Photos: Abin Sur
- Green Lantern Character Posters