- Ryan Reynolds (opens in new tab) has never been afraid to poke fun at his 2011 movie Green Lantern (also featuring Blake Lively (opens in new tab)), which was a critical and commercial flop—for reference, see the 95735937 Green Lantern jokes in Deadpool.
- He roasted the movie—and himself—once again on Twitter over the weekend, when a fan asked him if he should rent it.
- Reynolds (opens in new tab)' response? "Walk away."
The 2011 Green Lantern movie, starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively was...not a success, with critics excoriating it and audiences largely ignoring it. Unsurprisingly, Reynolds has always had a pretty great sense of humor about the whole affair, as anyone who's seen Deadpool will be aware. And he roasted the movie once again on Twitter over the weekend, when one of his followers asked whether he should rent it on Apple TV—for the embarrassingly low price of $0.99. Even for less than a dollar, Reynolds couldn't recommend Green Lantern (opens in new tab), responding, "Walk away."
Green Lantern is available to rent for $0.99 on Apple TV, it’s been 9 years... should I do it @VancityReynolds ?April 25, 2020
In 2016, Reynolds told (opens in new tab) Entertainment Weekly why Deadpool was such a colossal success while Green Lantern was quite the opposite. "Well it’s simple: Deadpool always knew what it was," he said. "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."
Two years later, he made a semi-startling admission: "Look, I’ve never seen the full final version of Green Lantern," he said (opens in new tab). "I saw a very late stage rough cut of the film. Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t want to see it because I didn’t like it." As for the motivation behind all those jokes in Deadpool? "It’s me just taking the piss out of me."
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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