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