Ryan Reynolds' "Green Lantern" is a CGI-tastic sci-fi epic, with special effects and computer scenery galore for space scenery and mega-battles. But at some point, nothing beats the authenticity of the real, and so when it came to stunts like flying, it was all Reynolds.
The star opened up about the experience filming those scenes in a new interview with ReelzChannel, saying that it was a boyhood dream to fly -- but also terribly scary.
"I spent a pretty good portion of this movie in the air, in one fashion or the other. I was hooked up to a number of different wires and rigs and all sorts of stuff to capture the correct movement and motion of actually flying through the air," he said. "We actually had to do it, we actually had to shoot me across the room at 200 miles per hour."
Awesome? Yes. But also terrifying.
"The first time you get comfortable with that -- it took me a few days to get comfortable with that feeling," he said. And after joking (we think!) about adult diapers and crying fits, he admitted that he really did have his doubts about his safety.
"You just can't wrap your head around the notion that this is safe in any way."
Reynolds made similar comments in a recent interview with Canadian publication The Province.
"The stunts on the ground, I can do, but I've never been good with heights," he said. "I'm always terrified at the beginning. Then I start working, and get past my fear, which is the real win for me. Just like Hal [Jordan], I'm used to stepping forward in the face of whatever fears I've created for myself."
Interestingly, it was two heroes without any supers powers that Reynolds compared his Hal Jordan to a few months ago.
"The character is somewhere in the middle," he told the Los Angeles Times. "He's a classic male. Han Solo, who was witty but not really funny, was one of the touchstones... It's about courage versus fearlessness and the power of willpower and the need for sacrifice and service. This is not a comedy film but like Han Solo or an Indiana Jones, there are moments where you smile and the hero can trades lines with anybody."
Reynolds also discussed his co-star, Blake Lively, with ReelzChannel -- and Lively ends up making a smack-talking cameo.
The film hits theaters June 17th. Check out eight clips from the film here.
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