At the decisive moment when Ryan Reynolds was on the brink of signing on to star in Green Lantern, he had a sudden wave of doubt. Before committing to Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC superhero, he wanted to know if there was a chance a seemingly unreachable passion-project, Deadpool, would ever become a reality.
Using the comparison of marriage, Reynolds explained how he phoned an executive at Fox in a last gasp attempt to build bridges with his childhood sweetheart, the character he really wanted to commit to. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed how close he was to turning Green Lantern into a jilted lover:
"I said, 'Look, I am standing at the altar right now, and I'm about to say "I do" to someone else. I will walk away from this if you even think that you can make a Deadpool movie with me.' And he said, 'Unfortunately, no, I don't think that that's gonna happen.' So I went off and did Green Lantern."
'Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds's True Love
Jaded from the setback, Reynolds went ahead with #GreenLantern, a film that was commercially unsuccessful and panned by critics. Much has been said of the reasons why the movie bombed, including questionable CGI and a poorly written, incoherent plot. Reynolds himself shared his disappointment at the "huge learning experience."
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However, #Deadpool was about to become the phoenix rising through the lantern's ashes. Reynolds couldn't shake the missed opportunity, instead committing the ultimate superhero adultery — he revealed that, while filming the story of Hal Jordan, he was joined by Deadpool's writing duo, and started working on the project in the hope the dream would eventually become reality. He said:
"What a lot of people don't know is [writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick] flew to New Orleans and, while I was shooting Green Lantern, we were actually all together writing Deadpool. We were breaking the story of the original Deadpool movie in a house that was being paid for by Green Lantern's dime."
Even as #RyanReynolds continued with the project, he still wasn't sure he'd get the chance to play the part of foul-mouth mutant Wade Wilson, acknowledging the catch-22 situation — if Green Lantern was a hit, he wouldn't be able to play both roles. If it was a flop, the studio wouldn't want to take the risk of taking him on.
An R-Rated Success Story
The rest though, is history. Reynolds persevered, personally taking part in a string of flops at the box office, while remaining hopeful that his true love would eventually make it to the altar. The romance received in a boost in July 2014, when leaked footage of Reynolds caused a sensation online, leading to an eventual green-light from the studio.
The hard work finally paid off. Deadpool was the surprise hit of 2016, breaking a host of records, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, and even receiving nominations for his year's Golden Globes, with talk of an Oscar nomination to follow.
The film even mocks Green Lantern; in a scene where Wade Wilson is to undergo the Weapon X treatment, he tells a member of the program:
"And please don't make the super-suit green. Or animated."
If Reynolds wrote that line while on the set of Green Lantern, it's even more proof that he and Deadpool are a match made in heaven.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)