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May 21st, 2018

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively Green Lantern Interview

Green Lantern PosterIn a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers and the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before.

MoviesOnline sat down with Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, director Martin Campbell, producer Don De Line and producer/screenwriter Greg Berlanti to talk about their new film, “Green Lantern,” and what it was like to bring the enduringly popular superhero to the big screen for the first time. The actors told us how they prepared for their roles, what they liked most about their characters, and the challenges they faced acting in motion capture suits, doing wirework, and dealing with complicated prosthetics. The filmmakers also discussed what it was like shooting on location in New Orleans and how they went about creating an authentic Green Lantern universe on film that remains true to the original source material and will entertain the diehard comic fans as much as the uninitiated.

Q: Ryan, can you talk about the first time you put the suit on and what that felt like?

Ryan: In the mythology of the film, the suit is made of pure energy so there is no actual suit because that would burn. What I’m wearing is a motion capture suit with tracking marks and tracking dots and those sorts of things. That was a little bizarre. I sort of looked like a crash test dummy that had lost his Volvo walking around the sound stage there. It was actually fine up until about mid-August in Louisiana which was just a wholly unforgivable experience in every way. But it was great. The first time I saw the suit in motion was a real moment for me. It was about six weeks into shooting and they took some of the footage that we had shot and basically rendered the suit onto the motion capture outfit that I was wearing and it was just incredible to see that thing in motion and moving around. There was a scene where I was just walking back and forth. It was a bit of test footage and it was an incredible moment for me.

Blake: It was incredible to see him moving around too in the motion capture suit and the polka dots. It was something else. You should see that version of it.

Q: Blake, can you talk about this role and why you wanted to do it?

Blake: For me, there were so many reasons to want to do this movie. You look at the incredible people that I got to work with. As a female, I always grew up watching these comic films and I’d never seen a character like this where the woman is equal to the man. She’s also a fighter pilot. She runs the company that he works for. I thought it was really cool that here is this superhero but she’s a bit of a real life hero in her own right. She has the strength and the power of the men that surround her but she also is able to balance the femininity and be the heart for the man that she loves.

Q: Green Lantern’s job description is being fearless. What insecurity do you have as an actor playing a superhero?

Ryan: It sounds like it parallels the film in a certain way. I mean, Hal Jordan is not fearless. It’s his humanity, his ability to overcome fear, that separates him from the other Green Lanterns and gives him that little extra something, I think. For me, each time I take a role, I’m always nervous about it at the beginning and I’m always afraid what if that, what if this. Every time I take a role and I’m somewhat terrified at the beginning and I get into it and I start working, that’s a big win for me. So, really it is stepping forward in the face of whatever fears that I’ve created for myself and going forward anyway and those are always big moments for me.

Q: I think this is one of the most unusual superhero movies I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t at all what I expected. It was more like an animated comic with live people in it. How would you describe this film?

Ryan: In terms of describing the film to other people, I kind of see it like a true comic book movie in the sense that it feels somewhat like you’ve ripped scenes in the movie right out of the pages of the comic and that was something that I really loved and when I first met Martin (Campbell) and Donald (De Line) and Greg (Berlanti) and all the filmmakers behind this film, that was something that they set out to do and I found that to be really refreshing. It was a film that wasn’t being too precious about everything and really true to the comic books. There’s a somewhat light-hearted tone when dealing with serious issues. So, for me, I describe it like something we just ripped out of the pages of the comic book.

Blake: The Green Lantern, in general, I think, is a unique superhero in that it’s not that he’s super that is the focus. It’s that he’s a man. He’s very human and that’s his greatest strength and it’s also his greatest weakness. I’ve never heard of a superhero who inherits such power and says “No, you know what, you can give it to someone else. I’m good living my life.” And I think that in that way the world is so fantastical that we live in — from everything that’s happening on planet Earth with the fighter planes and the dogfights to all the different planets and the alien species. There’s such vast territory that we cover in this that to have somebody that is so truthful and so human at the heart of it is really refreshing. You just look at how we interact when I first meet him as the Green Lantern. We’ve known each other our whole lives and he has a mask on. I’ve never seen another comic where it’s treated that way, but you always think “C’mon! Really? You don’t know that that’s him?” So I appreciated that we acknowledged things in a way where you normally have to suspend your belief in these sort of films.

Q: Greg, was that exactly how it always was in the script – the way that both Ryan and Blake are describing it?

Greg: Yup. I think we always try to be really cognizant of what other films have done and how we might be able to circumvent that, change it, and make it fresh and original.

Q: Martin?

Martin: Well, they’ve said everything that’s got to be said really about it. But the truth is that, of all the superheroes, he’s one of the most interesting. I mean, given that we go to another planet and we have an intergalactic police force that covers 3,600 sectors that protects the Universe, it’s a pretty extraordinary kind of scenario, I think, for a superhero and far greater say than Superman or Batman which are very much Earthbound in terms of their stories, and also with other marvelous characters like Mark Strong’s Sinestro and obviously with Peter (Sarsgaard’s) Hector. So, for me, of all the comics that I’ve read, he’s certainly one of the most interesting if not *the* most interesting as a superhero.

Q: Greg, do you feel the same way?

Greg: I do. I was also just thinking about the fact that we go into space which is what’s unique about this movie in terms of superhero movies. We have the planet Oa at the center of the Universe and we have 3,600 alien species, so we have an entire fantastic fantasy world that had to be created plus all these alien creatures which gives it that scope of fantasy and adventure which is a new kind of layer for a superhero movie.

Q: Ryan, I heard you separated your shoulder on this movie and subsequently had two operations?

Ryan: Well I haven’t had those yet, the operations parts. My shoulder was just ridiculous at the beginning anyway so it’s like probably the lamest superpower on Earth – I can separate my shoulder on demand.

Q: Blake, I read that you brought some of your baked goodies to set. Was that just a way for the cast to get to know you?

Blake: It was just a way to sabotage Ryan. I felt like it was not fair he was working out as much as he was and I’m the girl. I’m supposed to look better. I didn’t think it was right or fair. So I tried to sabotage him with cupcakes and smiles.

Ryan: Most actors it’s coke and guns. For me, it’s baked goods.

Q: Peter, can you describe the application process for the prosthetics and whether or not the fact that you were essentially obscured for most of the film inhibited your performance or if it sort of liberated you?

Peter: It definitely liberated me. I remember the first time I put it on — I think you were there, Blake – and I walked out of the trailer and immediately started doing some sort of stand-up thing. The thing about appliances is, if you talked on the cell phone, it was kind of amazing looking. If you drank a cup of coffee, it was kind of incredible. I didn’t have to do much and yet I could do anything. I really felt like after my transformation I could do anything in the scene partly because I think Hector feels like it’s his right and it’s his time, and fuck anyone that gets in his way, he’s going to have a good time. And I felt that way. In terms of the application process, it took about four hours and without it I looked pretty alien also because I had lost a lot of weight and I shaved my head bald. I looked alien to me anyway. So every morning I would shave clean like that at around 3am – the skull, to the skin, because hair doesn’t help it — and then we’d put alcohol over that which is a great way to wake up in the morning. And then, they take glue and they apply the glue and then they put it on piece by piece. It’s made up of several pieces because they made it so it could really move with my face. People have said oh why didn’t they just put dots on your face. I mean, there’s a thing about wearing this whole thing that has a weight to it that makes you feel a certain way and everyone treats you a certain way. I mean, Martin (Campbell) didn’t even recognize me. Martin doesn’t know me.

Martin: The amazing thing was that I never knew Peter Sarsgaard. What I knew was Hector because I would arrive on the set after he had the prosthetic on. Of course, at night, I would have left by the time he had actually taken it off. So I never really knew Peter Sarsgaard.

Peter: Neither did I to be honest.

Martin: Hector was the one I knew.

Peter: Days on end I’d go home and go to sleep right away because there was very little turnaround. I started realizing that I hadn’t seen my face really in a long time which is a wild feeling for an actor.

Q: Mark, your face and ears were also prosthetically enhanced, weren’t they?

Mark: Yeah, I didn’t have it quite as bad as Peter but we did share experiences of getting addicted to that glue. It was the end of the day that was the worst. Everybody going home, saying “Bye, bye, great day,” and then you spent about an hour taking it off. That was the worst thing.

Q: For Blake and Ryan, how important is willpower to you in your everyday life and do you have enough of it?

Ryan: I’ve always relied on discipline to achieve goals great and small. At a young age, my father instilled a real work ethic in me — and a fear of men. I always felt like if I didn’t have a natural knack for something, I could kind of out-discipline the competition as it were. So I would always work as hard as I possibly could, sometimes to my own detriment and my personal life. For me, I think will power and discipline are very synonymous.

Blake: My mom would always say to me and all my siblings when we were growing up, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” And she would always make the impossible happen. She definitely instilled that in us. I remember when I was in high school, I took on way too many clubs and activities and extra curriculars, and they brought me into the office and said “You can’t do all of these things.” And I said “Why not?” and they said “Because it’s never been done before.” I said “Okay, well then, great. You get to see it be done for the first time.” I should not have done that. It was a terrible idea. I went to school from 6am to 10pm every day and I was miserable, but I had to prove that I could do it because of this willpower thing. It’s a good thing and I do believe where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Q: Ryan, you talked about the stifling heat in New Orleans in August. Can you talk a little bit about the production in New Orleans and what other benefits or challenges cropped up just from being there that you didn’t foresee?

Ryan: There wasn’t anything. I loved New Orleans. New Orleans is actually a second home for me so being there was fantastic. But in terms of the logistics and shooting the film, I didn’t expect to have wirework like that. It defies the laws of physics that a 6’2” person should be doing any form of gymnastics whatsoever. They had me doing that before production to get ready for the wirework. They would call it being aerial aware so when you’re flipping and turning and spinning, you know where your body is at in relation to the ground. So I wasn’t expecting that. My third day of shooting they fired me up in the air a couple of hundred feet at 60 feet a second. It was just a mind boggling experience. I’d get to the top. It was so funny. Thank God my character gets to be terrified when I do it because it was just genuine each time I did it. One day I hope they release the DVD outtakes of that because I get to the top and right when you arc at the very top of this ride, I’ll call it, you’re weightless for a couple seconds because you’re slowing down. You’re not really going up and you’re not really going down. There’s a cameraman right above me – this guy named Frosty who’s also a stuntman. Somewhere in the back of my subconscious I would just scream out 80’s sitcom characters. I don’t know why that happened but I would get to the top and I’d be like “Alan Thicke, Judith Light” and then we’d go back down. I don’t know why. To this day, I have no idea, but I just accessed some sort of weird brain cell that was maybe affected by my early high school drug use. I’m not really sure.

Q: Did you want to elaborate on that?

Ryan: On the early high school drug use? No, I think we’re good.

Q: Martin, what was harder for you — to deliver a film that would meet the expectations of diehard Green Lantern fans or those of the critics and hopefully a wider audience which is not always an easy task?

Martin: Well, first of all, you don’t even think about the critics’ expectations when you’re making a movie. That’s the first thing. I’ve got too much to worry about than worrying about that. More importantly, obviously you want the fans to like the movie, because God help you if they don’t. And the thing is that Greg (Berlanti) and I, we have the DC comics people there with us just checking that we were getting everything right and that if there was something we were unsure about, we would go to them. Geoff Johns, of course, who as you know is the guru of the latest comics, he was there to tell us and to keep us on the straight and narrow. But yes, it is. It’s very difficult to totally find the correct balance in the movie but these things are team efforts. We had Greg. Donald (De Line) always had his cheese meter on if we pushed it too far. But every department, both in writing and producing, it really does become a team effort to try and get the balance of these superhero movies and particularly in our case to try and find the right balance between the drama, the humor and everything else.

Q: Donald, can you explain the cheese meter?

Donald: It’s just a tonal balance. It was always that kind of thing. Obviously, there’s a great spirit of fun with the Green Lantern. When you have a character whose power is a ring, you can create anything that is in your imagination. Each person puts themself in that position and they kind of let their mind go wild. So we would always just carefully balance between fun and what was thrilling and what might be really interesting and unexpected and then making sure that if we went a little bit too far toward the silly side that maybe we would acknowledge that, or maybe we would like in the scene where Blake recognizes Ryan as the Green Lantern, it’s kind of a superhero trope, and obviously everyone’s going to say clearly we can tell it’s Hal Jordan. So we just go straight at that and we have fun with it. So it was always just walking that line. That’s what the cheese meter was.

Q: Blake, we heard that you went to Cordon Bleu to study French cooking. Why did you do that and what kind of dishes did you master? When you serve your favorite dishes to your friends, what kind of responses do you get?

Blake: Well actually the most cooking I did was in New Orleans on this film. I went to Cordon Bleu for a couple days a few months ago but I just got back from a French institute studying the language. I love to cook everything and anything. New Orleans was a great place to cook and eat.

Q: Did she cook for the crew and did you guys eat her food?

Martin: Yes.

Ryan: I smelled it.

Mark: How long were you in the hospital?

Donald: I remember one night we were on a night shoot out in a swamp somewhere. It’s where Abin Sur’s ship crashes and Blake was off that night and we’re all getting to know one another and it was kind of the beginning of the shoot and here’s this gorgeous, glamorous young actress and she had the night off and all of a sudden we see this woman coming, walking across the swamp, and she’s got baskets on her arms and it’s 3 in the morning, in heels and looking like a million bucks. She had made cupcakes and brownies and baked all these things and brought them out for the crew. Really it was extraordinary. It was pretty amazing. So things like that would happen.

Q: In “The Town” you were also part of the boys’ world, while your TV show, “Gossip Girl,” was very much female driven. How did you handle being the girl on the set? Is this kind of a different world for you compared to what you’re used to with the TV show?

Blake: I’ve been trying to get in touch with my masculinity lately. I have a big family. I have two brothers and two sisters so I grew up with a ton of boys around and a ton of girls around so I feel like I get along with both sexes very well.

Q: Peter, your character is so different from anything you’ve ever done. Wouldn’t you agree?

Peter: Yeah. I think it’s different than anything anyone has ever done so far as I can tell. I died of radiation poisoning and actually that was pretty awful also. I don’t know why. You’d have to ask Martin Campbell that question.

Q: Martin, what was it about Peter that made you think he was right for the role of Hector Hammond?

Martin: Well the great thing about Peter is he’s a chameleon. You can look at him in “An Education” and you can look at him in this movie, and the point is, you’d never know it was the same person. He has such an extraordinary range. To pull this part off, and to make this character who by circumstance becomes the villain, and to maintain the sympathy for that character, is a terrific achievement. Not least of all is to deal with all of the prosthetics and all of the problems that that involves. The truth is he’s a fantastic actor and he’s, as I say, a chameleon. He is somebody who I think can, quite frankly, do anything.

Peter: Awesome! That’s cool.

Q: Blake, we see you in these amazing outfits in the movie and over the past few years you’ve become sort of a style icon, is this an amusing bonus for you to your work and have you always been interested in fashion?

Blake: Fashion has always been something that I’ve appreciated. My mom would always make clothes for me growing up. She’s an amazing interior decorator and so I look at it in the same way. It’s just that element of design, mixing different patterns and colors and textures. Once I was on “Gossip Girl” and once I lived in New York, those two combined just blew open the opportunities that I had to borrow the most beautiful clothes in the world. I just feel like I’m getting to play dress up every day and it’s definitely an added bonus to this job to get to wear the beautiful clothes that I wear. The sad part is giving them back.

Q: Did you see the Alexander McQueen exhibit? Weren’t you there the opening night? Do you have any of his stuff?

Blake: Oh, it was incredible. It was so fantastic. I do. I have a dress of his.

Q: Ryan, how many decades of workout did you invest in get into the physical shape you’re in for this film?

Ryan: I had a good amount of lead time on a movie like this. Most of it was so that I could make it to the end. Martin Campbell is notorious for pushing everybody to the limit. You’ll do a stunt that you can’t believe you just completed and then you’ll literally want them to show you the film back so you can put it on your epitaph, and then Martin will come up to you and say “Now let’s do it again full speed.” Most of everything I did was functional just so I could make it to the end of the movie. I had about six months lead time so I was eating drywall and distracted children for about a year just to get ready to go for this. It was about a year total, but then after that it was a good solid month of just watching Sally Jessy, drinking beer, sitting on the couch.

Q: Technically, I was most impressed by the behemoth that was fear and how you created it because it worked so well. Can someone speak to that big, dark comic book supervillain known as Parallax?

Greg: Well historically, the character Parallax that you’re referring to has traveled through a lot of the DC universe and Geoff Johns has really brought him back as he’s revived Hal Jordan’s character. And so, there were a lot of discussions. When Donald and I first started hashing out a series of films, when we first went into the studio, we talked to them about three movies, and it was always important to honor Parallax. In the DC universe, the opposite of will is fear and so it’s like the dark and light side of the force if you will. So we wanted always to embody that in the film. And then, obviously, someone like Martin came along and with his team of individuals rendered it in a way that we haven’t seen on film before. That’s what’s so impactful about it is how do you create and do something like that and achieve something like that that people haven’t seen and witnessed. Wouldn’t you say so, Donald?

Donald: I think that’s absolutely correct. Sony Imageworks, who created the monster, rendered it with CG animation. It was months and months, over a year of research and development, and we would have these long meetings — Martin, I remember, at 7 o’clock in the morning with all these artists and people to talk about this character of Parallax. He feeds on fear and he takes people’s souls. It’s this idea of this monster who’s comprised of these writhing, terrified, trapped souls, kind of like “Dante’s Inferno.” But we would have to stare at these crazy yellow drawings for months and months and not really understand what we had because it’s a long, arduous process. Finally, we got to see proof of it when the animation would come in and it was really thrilling. We were really happy with the way the monster ended up looking and the incredible detail inside of it.

Q: Was the face based on any particular actor?

Greg: No, it was based on the Guardian character that becomes Parallax.

Ryan: Joan Rivers.

Q: In most comic book movies, things sometimes change and concessions are made, when it works in the comic but it wouldn’t work in the film. But this movie is extraordinary faithful to the comics. What is it about the source material for Green Lantern that made it so ready to be a feature film?

Greg: Again, I think Martin and Donald could also dive in, but I would just say the epic landscape was certainly something. Hal Jordan, historically, is considered in both Marvel and DC as a “tier two” character. But when you talk about characters that go off planet, he becomes the top, number one, amongst all characters known in either Marvel or DC. And the opportunity to go off the planet and come back again and blend those tones and those worlds, especially in terms of how Geoff Johns had brought it back and how it’s been, it just seemed to provide itself naturally for a really kind of epic film. So that was the origin for us. And then, obviously, as Martin dived in, he even captured something else.

Donald: Well put and I think, for myself, Greg was more a kind of diehard comic fan growing up and a real genre guy. I came to it late in life and so, for me, we kind of balanced each other in terms of the very beginning of talking about what this project could be. He had that real fanboy perspective and I came to it as more of a general audience member. I loved that fact that I could relate to the Hal Jordan character in terms of him being just a regular guy. He’s just a regular human being and it’s putting on that ring that gives him that power and it’s about the will that he has inside of him which is just part of the human condition which I just felt was very relatable and really interesting about the character, and then just the great fantasy of going into this whole new world which is endlessly entertaining. So Martin and I could always balance out Greg and Geoff Johns as the guys who were more the point of view of the unwashed masses, the uninitiated. We were as excited about the project and the property and the world of it as people who might have followed it since they were kids. We really felt it was worthy for that reason.

Q: Martin, in the Great Depression of the 1930s, there were a lot of comedies. This summer, during another economic depression, we will see a lot of superhero and science fiction movies. Why is that and do you think technologically we need to reinvent our imagination?

Martin: Certainly there were a lot of comedies around during the Depression, as you said, in the late 20s and early 30s and I suppose the same rule applies now where we’re in an economic depression. Indeed, there have been a lot of these superhero movies. I think a lot of them [have been] hugely entertaining. And I think the other reason is that now we have the technology to be able to create these fantasies and make them look fantastic. We now have the tools at our disposal to be able to render these superhero movies to a very high degree and the point is that the comics provide such an imagination to be able to do what you want to do and go where you want. Certainly in the case of Green Lantern the scope is so wide in terms of going to the center of the Universe when you have 3,600 Green Lanterns. You have all these characters that you can call upon and you also have the established characters like Sinestro. You have Tomar-Re. There are all the other characters that have come into the canon since the 1940s. The answer is, I think, with the technology that we have, we can now create these wonderful fantasies that we couldn’t in the past.

Q: Mark, your character gets to do some amazing stuff. How does Sinestro stack up in the good world versus the bad world universe?

Mark: Well, in this one, he’s a hero. He’s the head of the Green Lanterns. He believes in the Corps more than anything else. He’s a kind of military commander style figure who’s a hard task master for Hal. He doesn’t believe humans can have the right to be Lanterns so he’s very strict and very arrogant and a great character to play. When I read the comics originally, I knew nothing about the Green Lantern. Martin rang me up or I heard that Martin wanted me to play because he thought I looked like Sinestro which I never really knew quite how to take that, if it’s a compliment or not. When I saw the way he looked and the iconic kind of imagery of it, I just thought if we can achieve that, it would be amazing. And I’m glad that we stuck to the comics and the way he is in the comics. He was great fun to play.

Martin: Actually the original character, way back in the 1940s, was based on David Niven.

Q: Can we expect a sequel?

Ryan: That was one of the reasons why I was so excited about this mythology is that the history of this character is something like 70 years old. There are so many different worlds and stories you could tell in this universe. I was very attracted to this idea of the war between Hal and Sinestro at some point. If we’re telling these stories down the road and we’re lucky enough to do that, I’d really look forward to that.

Q: Did any of you know each other prior to working together on this film and what was that ‘getting to know you’ process like? Also, who had the party trailer?

Martin: Who had the party trailer?

Ryan: I had the party trailer. We called it The Earthman Café. I had Astroturf.

Blake: Oh please! C’mon! I had a yellow brick road painted out in front of mine with my ruby slippers underneath.

Ryan: It was a Malibu Barbie dream house.

Blake: I think we should take a vote which trailer was better. I mean, we decorated the outside of our trailers. We had a battle.

Ryan: I had cocktails.

Mark: Those of us in prosthetics couldn’t really have party trailers. We were sucking through a straw.

Q: Did you have any preconceived ideas about each other?

Ryan: I learned early on to abandon all those preconceived notions you have about other actors and it’s served me really well. I usually just try to empty my mind of that. I love meeting actors and I love working with actors. To be up on the stage with this group of immensely talented people is amazing. But, at the time, shooting, it is just great to meet the person and also meet the character they’re playing at the same time. I’ve only worked with a couple of Method actors in my day and that’s always a bit of a challenge, but no, this was great. I’d met Blake before we started shooting. I do this ridiculous show in New York sometimes called “Celebrity Autobiography” where we read from celebrities’ autobiographies, you know, like Stallone, Tommy Lee, Hedy Lamarr, that sort of thing. Blake had come to the show and we met there, and then just a short three or four months later we were working together.

Q: Is she easy to get along with?

Ryan: Yeah. She’s okay.

Martin: She’s alright.

Q: Ryan is obviously very funny. Greg, I was wondering how much of that was originally in the script for Hal Jordan and how much that changed once Ryan was attached and then how much was im-proved on the set?

Greg: We always wanted Hal Jordan to have a bit of a sense of humor but I don’t think any of us ever imagined that Ryan would be as talented as he was about adding material. It’s every writer’s [dream]. If you’re really lucky as a writer, you work with actors who can improve upon things in general and it’s such a living document when they all get there on set. It just took Hal Jordan to a whole other level from my perspective.

Q: Ryan, Greg did say before that Green Lantern was kind of a second tiered character.

Ryan: Yeah, that hurt!

Q: Did you know much about him before you did this film or did you jump in to do research in order to play him?

Ryan: A bit of both. I only knew the logline. Admittedly, I didn’t know that much about Green Lantern or the Universe that he lives in. I knew that it was a guy who was bestowed a ring by a dying alien and became a superhero. That was about it. But no, once I got the role, I went in search of all the material I could get on him and find out as much as I possibly could before going in. Mostly, I just wanted to distill the essence of what it is that the fanboys loved about this guy and see if we can make sure that we get that on screen first and foremost because you have to service them because there’s a reason they fell in love with this character to begin with. Whatever that reason is, it will be a little bit more pervasive when you’re doing a huge movie like this and it will spread to people who aren’t familiar with it. That was the main priority. It wasn’t so much finding every single comic for the last 70 years. I’d look like Howard Hughes by the time I emerged out of my bedroom but I just really wanted to make sure that we got this origin right and this character right.

Q: Did you get to bring stuff that you found yourself that the others might not have known about?

Ryan: No. Most of my ideas were thrown out immediately. If a guy can manifest anything with a ring, when you show up at your first meeting and say “Okay, he manifests expertly lit French porn,” that’s just thrown out right away for the most part and then you just stay quiet after that and just do what they tell you to do. Oh God, I apologize for that ending!

Peter: Expertly lit French Porn – that phrase is going to be in my head all day!

“Green Lantern” opens in theaters on June 17th.


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