Ryan Reynolds, known for his witticisms and charismatic performances, never shies away from throwing in self-deprecating jokes, particularly ones targeted at his biggest career bomb, Green Lantern, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
Despite being a box office and critical dud, Green Lantern regularly finds its way into Netflix’s top ten most-watched movies list. This week it is at the ninth spot on Netflix UK’s top ten chart. Released in 2011, Green Lantern is a DCEU adaptation directed by Martin Campbell.
Reynolds played the lead role of Hal Jordan, a test pilot who gains otherworldly powers when he dons a mysterious ring to help an intergalactic force combat a powerful threat. Unfortunately, the film struggled to take flight, earning $220million against a hefty production budget of $200million. Even the critics were merciless in their assessment.
Despite the film’s revival on the streaming platform, Reynolds had once rated it a paltry one out of ten, revealing his dissatisfaction with the superhero flick during an appearance on Plead the Fifth. Reynolds, candid as ever, expressed his true feelings about the film, rating it a “scant four” and later even lowering the score to a brutal one during the interview.
When host Andy Cohen asked Reynolds to rate Green Lantern, Reynolds hesitated before saying, “I would give it a scant four… maybe. Three or four,” but then, in his typical style, burst out screaming, “One! It’s a one!”
Despite the critical and commercial failure, Reynolds maintains he has no regrets about starring in the movie because that is where he met his future wife, Blake Lively. “About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single, we went on a double date—she was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl—and it was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Reynolds told Vanity Fair. Reynolds and Lively eventually tied the knot in 2012, a year after the film’s release.
You can watch Green Lantern on Netflix just for some lulz and catch the trailer here: