‘ The spot­light can be a very stress­ful place to be. Peo­ple can un­ravel’

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In be­tween his movie com­mit­ments, Reynolds ( pic­tured) likes to stay out of the me­dia glare de­spite – or more likely be­cause of – his high-pro­file re­la­tion­ships.

He dated fel­low Cana­dian Ala­nis Moris­sette from 2002 to 2007 and his 2008 mar­riage to Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, and their sub­se­quent split late last year, passed with barely a com­ment from ei­ther party.

‘‘ I don’t think you need to be in the spot­light that much,’’ he told USA To­day.

‘‘ The spot­light can be a very stress­ful place to be. Peo­ple can un­ravel.

‘‘ To van­ish, to have ev­ery­day, reg­u­lar life ex­pe­ri­ences it in­forms your work, it in­forms ev­ery­thing.

‘‘ It al­lows you to sus­tain this a lot longer. This world can be very fleet­ing.

‘‘ And if you’re not cul­ti­vat­ing other as­pects of your per­son­al­ity, you can be screwed very quickly.’’

Di­rec­tor: Martin Camp­bell ( Casino Royale) Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sars­gaard, Mark Strong and the voice of Ge­of­frey Rush

Not so il­lu­mi­nat­ing

YOU know what? It has been a pretty good year at the movies for all things su­per­heroes and comic books. Un­til now. This clunky block­buster from the DC Comics sta­ble ends the golden run sim­ply for be­ing a whole lotta av­er­age.

Ryan Reynolds ( pic­tured) stars as test pilot Hal Jor­dan, plucked from uni­versewide ob­scu­rity by a pur­ple alien to be­come Earths first-ever draft pick for an in­ter­galac­tic peace­keep­ing force.

Wear­ing a clingy out­fit made from snot­green ly­cra and bear­ing a magic ring with a disco light­ing rig in­side, Hal quickly and in­ex­pli­ca­bly be­comes the last hope for all life as we know it. And also, don’t know it.

Hal’s com­rades are a free-form bunch of freaks, with their bul­bous heads, fish-like eyes and uni­formly ter­ri­ble fash­ion sense.

All sound as if they have learnt to speak by com­plet­ing a quick cor­re­spon­dence course from the Ge­orge Lu­cas In­sti­tute of Space English.

Be­lieve it or not, Hal’s far-out pals are much more fun than they read on pa­per.

It’s when the ac­tion plum­mets back to good old planet Earth than ev­ery­thing plunges into the bore­dom zone.

Bear­ing in mind this whole she­bang cost some­one, some­where more than $ 200 mil­lion, Green Lan­tern should have turned out much bet­ter than this.

The spe­cial-ef­fects are noth­ing spe­cial, the vil­lains ( led by Par­al­lax, a dirt cloud in the shape of a car­toon skele­ton) are noth­ing to be feared, and Reynolds doesn’t re­ally con­vince as a cos­tumed crime­fightin’ kinda guy.

Any doors left open for a se­quel should be slammed shut once word gets out.

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