Many aspiring actors work through their entire careers without ever once diving into the superhero pool — which is why it’s particularly unusual that actor Ryan Reynolds is playing superheroes in two upcoming films.
Reynolds is currently in the midst of wrapping up filming on “Green Lantern,” director Martin Campbell’s adaptation of the beloved DC Comics icon. But despite his upcoming appearance as the brave star-spanning Hal Jordan, Reynolds is equally well known for his brief but memorable turn as mutant mercenary Wade Wilson in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Little more than a cameo, Reynolds’ work as Wade is set to expand in a planned “Deadpool” spin-off film from 20th Century Fox.
Given the two roles — polar opposite though they may be — one could make the assumption that Reynolds is getting a little bit greedy when it comes to the superhero genre. But when MTV News pointed out that notion to the actor at last week’s Comic-Con in San Diego , Reynolds was quick to get on the defensive.
“First off, Deadpool is not a superhero and he would stab you in the thorax if he heard you say that,” Reynolds said, adding with a laugh, “I don’t think I’ve ever said anything geekier than that in my entire life.”
Reynolds’ second line of defense was a bit more practical. “I’ve only played Deadpool for four and a half minutes thus far,” he said, acknowledging that the character’s spin-off movie is currently in the planning stage. “When we’re talking down the line and we’re talking about the ’Deadpool’ movie , at that point you can call me a greedy bastard.”
For now, Reynolds is more than content playing the ace fighter pilot turned superhero in “Green Lantern” — and even off-camera, the actor is nothing short of a hero for his young fans, thanks to his decision to recite the “Green Lantern” oath for a young fan at Comic-Con.