mercoledì 29 giugno 2011

Ryan Reynolds At Troubadou in West Hollywood - 6/28/11


Ryan Reynolds: The actor behind the green mask

Just as character Hal Jordan is chosen as the first human to wear the Green Lantern ring, Ryan Reynolds, as the first actor to bring Green Lantern to the big screen, knew he’d have an entire legion of fans looking to him to live up to the oath. He didn’t let the parallels get to him as he relished playing the dual role of irreverent, high-flying Hal Jordan and his superhero-in-training counterpart.
“What I love about Hal is that there’s nothing extraordinary about the guy,” Reynolds says of the Green Lantern Corps’ unwitting draftee. “Of course, he’s not necessarily your average human being, in terms of what he does for a living, but for the most part, he’s not an exceptional example of his species. He’s just a guy, and a fairly irresponsible one at that, though there are, of course, reasons for his reckless behavior.”
Those reasons stem back to his youth, but have remained unresolved—purposely ignored, really—until a little self-examination is forced upon him when out of nowhere he’s chosen for this higher calling. Throughout the course of the film Hal will have to look a little deeper into himself, but when this gift is initially bestowed upon him, all he can really think besides, “Wow, how cool is this?” is, “Why me?”
Though Hal may wonder why the ring chose him, “Why him?” was never a question the filmmakers asked themselves in casting Reynolds for the part.
“Ryan is a superb actor,” director Martin Campbell says. “He also physically looks the part, is charming, funny, and has a great sense of decency. I knew he could easily pull off both the undisciplined, shoot-from-the-hip maverick that is the Hal we first meet, and the fearless and focused fighter he’ll have to become if he’s to save the day. Ryan did it all; his performance really sets the tone for the movie.”

What makes Green Lantern different from other super hero films?
Ryan Reynolds: It’s a character that is chosen in a way as opposed to choosing, to carry this responsibility. And with that comes a lot a great struggle. What makes the primary difference is that you have a storyline that is both a space epic and earthbound as well. Which I think is really interesting, opening up to so many possibilities in the future. Specifically ’cause we could be anywhere ’cause this universe is so vast and there’s untold storylines that you can mine for good stuff.

What about the workout regime to become the Green Lantern?
Not really that different from other action movies except maybe the wirework and gymnastics which I’ve been working on for about 9 months. A 6’2” person is just not meant to tumble, but they’ve been doing the best they can and I’ve certainly acquired a whole new skill set that I thought I could never have.
What does it mean for you to be on a movie like this?
Besides the crippling pressure? I think it’s exciting, especially this particular character, that’s what I focus on. If you’re the studio you have larger set of priorities. What attracted me most of this character is that he’s Indiana Jones or Han Solo in space, wait Han Solo was in space (laughs). It felt that it embodied those characteristics and I loved that and I felt that I hadn’t seen it in awhile. The tone is something I find interesting and distinguishing from other ones.
How did you become two super heroes of the comic world?
Both films are very different and super hero movies are so pervasive in pop culture that I don’t really look at them as super hero roles as opposed to just “roles.” Deadpool is about a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral. Whereas Green Lantern is something much different, it’s a much more universally themed action epic.
Were you familiar with the original material of Green Lantern?
Not as familiar as I was with other comic books, but it was fascinating once I dove into it. Particularly Hal Jordan and Green Lantern, I visited the art department when I met Martin and that’s what really sold me. I went to go meet him and I wasn’t expecting anything, I was a fan of his work, I didn’t know much about Green Lantern. We had a great meeting and we talked about 1 and a half hours he took me on a tour of the art department. Particularly the stuff that Grant Major (production designer) was working on and I found it to be incredible. The art was pretty
compelling stuff.
What was your screen test like?
We did several scenes from the film. I’m glad we did, everyone gets pretty nervous when you do an audition, but what I love about that is that you really feel like you’ve earned the role as opposed to being offered it based on some other strange financial reason for the studio. You feel like you went in there and got dirty and went after something. I auditioned twice for it.
[Director] Martin Campbell mentioned that he worked quite a bit with you on making the dialogue and tone your own, was it nice to work with a director who is so collaborative?
Yeah, I’m pretty reticent to say that I adlib everything, I don’t do that, no one really does that, they say they do, but they don’t. A lot of that stuff is pre-meditated. I like to write 4-5 versions of a different line or joke and you throw it against the wall and they can use what they want. For me it was less about finding the joke, Hal Jordan has tremendous wit, he shouldn’t be about being funny, he’s not a comical in any way. He’s just acerbic and that works in tandem with that cocksure test pilot attitude that he has. So that was the thing we were searching for in terms of tone. I don’t think you can do a movie like this in the tone of Dark Knight. It has to have a bit of levity and light in this as well, which I feel walks that fine tightrope tone. We found it really early on, cause it’s terrible to find it halfway through shooting, there’s no feeling to make you feel any sicker than that. So we found it early on in rehearsals and we said “that’s the tone” we got to bring that throughout the movie.
Do you relate to Hal’s will power?
Yeah, I think I have a lot of will power, that’s probably my strongest asset. Sometimes I think I can probably outdiscipline everyone and I think I get it from my grandfather who was an incredibly focused guy. This work that we do, there’s so much riding on it, you hear about people who flush it away, but you have to take it incredibly seriously and focused. You have to have that attitude 24/7. When you’re done shooting then you go and goof around and do what you want, but I’m here to work and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Are there some scenes more difficult than others?
Some of the action sequences are more difficult, because they have to embody the same tone as the film. And there’s something really raw about them, so you have to find that. You get kind of intoxicated by all these polished fight sequences in films and Martin doesn’t work like that. Really kind of making sure that it’s ugly, raw and real. So when Hal Jordan or Green Lantern takes a hit, it looks like it actually hurts. And making sure that it’s imbued in all the action sequences is definitely a challenge.
Will they let you keep the ring?
They better! (laughs) I’ll be leaving with one. The ring was a work in progress until the last second, but I’m really happy with it.
Do you have any martial arts background?
No. My dad was a boxer and I’ve trained for movie roles, but I would never profess to be a master in that realm. I’m more or a martial finger painter (laughs).
Is there a message to “Green Lantern”?
I think the message is that fearlessness and courage are two different things. Fearlessness is a by-product of an insane person, courage is something different, it’s a way for Hal to empower and that’s also what separates him from the other Green Lanterns. It’s what creates the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
Now playing across the Philippines in 3D, 2D and regular format, “Green Lantern” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Reynolds, Richler get stars on Canada's Walk of Fame

Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, comedian Russell Peters and the late, celebrated author Mordecai Richler will join an elite list of luminaries on Canada's Walk of Fame.
"Ryan Reynolds started when he was eight years old and is now in his mid-30s; his list of accomplishments that he's had over the years is extraordinary," said Peter Soumalias, founding director of Canada's Walk of Fame. "This year, there is no doubt that the success of [the film] Barney's Version stimulated Canadians to nominate Mordecai Richler."
Seven inductees were announced at a luncheon Tuesday in Toronto, which featured clips of Reynolds flying as the readership an regarding usa DC superhero Green Lantern and Peters famously imitating his father ("Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad").
The 2011 inductees also include Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman and neurologist in space, and Burton Cummings, lead singer and songwriter of The Guess Who. The rock legend already has six Juno Awards, the Order of Canada and some 80 platinum and gold record awards.
"Burton Cummings has been doing this for 40 years," Soumalias said. "We did honour The Guess Who a number of years ago, but he's also had a very successful solo career."
Tennis star Daniel Nestor, who has won seven Grand Slam events, and actress Sandra Oh, who starred in the Oscar-winning film Sideways and plays Dr. Christina Yang on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, will also receive sidewalk stars.

lunedì 27 giugno 2011


Lanterna Verde: ancora in programma il sequel

"La Warner Bros. porterà avanti il sequel di Lanterna Verde": questo il titolo sull'Hollywood Reporter, nel giorno in cui il film registra un crollo del 65% al box-office americano rispetto al weekend d'esordio. Sottotitolo: "La compagnia non rinuncia al franchise supereroistico, nonostante la performance mediocre al box-office". Il film non ha ancora raggiunto i 100 milioni negli USA dopo dieci giorni, e con un budget di 200 milioni (più almeno altri 100 di marketing) difficilmente raggiungerà la soglia per poter essere chiamato un successo al botteghino.
L'articolo cita una fonte "vicina alla Warner Bros.", e sostiene che la compagnia crede nel franchise, anche se è "in qualche modo deluso" dai risultati al botteghino. Ovviamente tra merchandise e le varie piattaforme in cui il film potrà essere ridistribuito, la Warner non faticherà a recuperare quanto speso per avviare il film, ma il modo migliore è realizzare un secondo film, per il quale la spesa sarà inferiore e i risultati (in termini di prodotti correlati eccetera) potranno essere doppi. Detto questo, è improbabile che la compagnia abbia realmente già intenzione di lavorare al sequel, e l'annuncio sembra sia stato fatto più nella speranza di spingere gli spettatori ad andare al cinema (e come risposta al sito Deadline, che non fa che ripetere che il sequel non si farà). Le vere decisioni verranno prese tra alcune settimane, quando gli incassi saranno definitivi, o addirittura quando il primo film sarà uscito in home video e la Warner potrà capire se il pubblico è davvero interessato o meno al franchise.
Il sequel, comunque, è già in fase di sceneggiatura, in modo da essere pronto per la produzione non appena arriverà il via libera: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green e Marc Guggenheim hanno scritto la storyline, e Michael Goldenberg sta scrivendo la sceneggiatura. Martin Campbell ha già detto che non tornerà come regista.

Foto in HQ di Ryan alla Premiere di Los Angeles di Green Lantern

"Green Lantern" Premiere a Los Angeles il 15 Giugno 2011
''Green Lantern'' Los Angeles Premiere June 15, 2011

sabato 25 giugno 2011

R.I.P.D. Release Date is June 28, 2013

Last month, we told you Jeff Bridges was starring with Ryan Reynolds in director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series R.I.P.D. and filming would begin this September in Boston. Well, Universal has just announced a release date and it’s June 28, 2013. As of today, no other movie has claimed the date, but with it being so close to July 4th holiday, it wouldn’t surprise me if another big movie announces the same date.
If you haven’t read the comics, they’re about a group of dead lawmen in the “Rest in Peace Department” who try to keep other dead folks in line. Bridges will play Roy Powell, whom producer Neal Moritz described as “a gunslinger who’s been dead for hundreds of years.” Reynolds will play Powell’s partner, Nick Cruz, a recently murdered cop who’s out for revenge. Powell was originally set to be played by Zach Galifianakis, but he dropped out.