Actor Ryan Reynolds has always been pretty frank about his feelings on 2011's critically-panned Green Lantern film. Although he later saw a lot of critical and commercial success with 2016's Deadpool, Green Lantern was a low-point in Reynolds's career and is a continuing sore spot for the actor.
In a profile in the New York Times, Reynolds called the film "the hair shirt I'll wear." However, Reynolds did mention that he enjoyed making the infamous film -- even if its failure, which resulted from focusing on spectacle rather than character, didn't come as much of a surprise to the actor.
Earlier this week, Reynolds mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he hasn't actually seen "the full final version of Green Lantern."
"I saw a very late stage rough cut of the film," he said. "Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t want to see it because I didn’t like it. I have movies that have been received pretty well that I haven’t seen, and then I have movies that I have seen 100 times that people don’t like but I just like. The Green Lantern [joke in Deadpool] to me is just sort of, I don’t know, kind of fun. It’s me just taking the piss out of me, but it’s more Wade [Deadpool’s real name] though.”
Green Lantern only grossed $219.9 million against a budget of $200 million. The movie was not well-received critically and currently holds a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although Warner Bros. had originally intended to make a sequel, plans were cancelled after the movie's abysmal performance.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film hits theaters on May 18.