Shortly after receiving an Oscar nomination for "Little Children," the Internet began buzzing with fans insisting that Jackie Earle Haley would make an ideal Rorschach in the "Watchmen" movie. When "Watchmen" hit theaters, many fans began lobbying for Haley to become the new Freddy Krueger.
Now, with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in the can, Haley showed up to Saturday's Spike TV "Scream Awards" having just learned about another possible gig from the Internet: playing the supervillain Sinestro in "Green Lantern."
"I just heard about this, literally," Haley told MTV News of an anonymously sourced report on Ain't It Cool News claiming he will be offered the role of arch-enemy to Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan in the soon-to-shoot blockbuster.
"I know the guys that are doing it. It's exciting to me," he said. "It makes me want to go get the Green Lantern comics and start reading up."
For those who haven't been making sure that in brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape their sight, Sinestro first appeared in a "Green Lantern" comic in 1961. Originally assigned as the mentor of Hal Jordan (Reynolds) when he joined the inter-galaxy Green Lantern Corps, the two men had a falling out over Sinestro's iron-fisted ways, leading to Sinestro's expulsion and banishment to the antimatter universe. While there, the pencil-moustached baddie acquired a yellow power ring that can counter the Corps' green rings.
Splash Page recently offered a casting call for the role of Sinestro, and named five actors we think could play Jordan's mentor-turned-nemesis. While Haley's name wasn't among them, he's certainly an intriguing choice—though he admits he might need to do a little research.
"I've been hearing about that," Haley said of rumors he might play the character. "I don't know much about it. I'm a comics fan, but I haven't gotten into that one yet. I guess I'd better do my homework."
"I heard about [Ryan Reynolds being in it]," he explained of the superhero fanboy/actor who recently brought Deadpool to life in the "Wolverine" spin-off flick. "I'd love to work with him."
Following his "Watchmen" and "Nightmare" gigs, Haley (who made a name for himself in the late Seventies playing Kelly Leak in the "Bad News Bears" movies, but spent the next decade-and-a-half struggling with low-profile work) is quick to point out that he always pays attention when fans start saying he'd be right for a role. "A lot of the roles I've been doing were first suggested by people on the Internet," he explained of the Sinestro rumor. "It could be cool."
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