“His energy was low”: Deadpool Actor Ryan Reynolds Was Not at His Peak Physical Condition While Shooting His Infamous DC Movie Green Lantern


Ryan Reynolds’s dedication to his craft and rising to star power has been enthralling to witness. Reynolds appeared in lead roles in the commercially successful romantic comedies Just Friends (2005), Maybe (2008), The Proposal (2009), and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the Merc with no Mouth which didn’t open up to immense public reception.

Between getting his cardinal shot as a new Deadpool in 2016 and the forgettable one in 2009, there was another forgettable experience for Ryan Reynolds while starring in the embarrassing DC film Green lantern, and it seems like it affected the actor not only critically but physically too.

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Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool suit
Ryan Reynolds in a Deadpool suit

Ryan Reynolds’s dreadful diet during Green Lantern

An actor’s job is not only to get the character’s personality from the script but also to embody the person’s physical aspects. Many in the industry bloom the attributes of what the role demands, consequently going on extremely stressful diets and training drills to encapsulate the required disposition.

Although some actors do uncurbed diets and imprudent training to get in shapes like Christian Bale, who was tremendous at gaining around an additional 100 pounds of weight from The Machinist to Batman Begins and some consider a more sustainable diet like Henry Cavill. Correspondingly Ryan Reynolds was predominantly adept with most roles bearing the actor’s fitness diet through the years, as most of the time he doesn’t need to go to extravagant lengths with the exclusion of Green lantern.

It was quite different for Green lantern, as his trainer revealed “Ryan and I understand that he needs fuel to keep his energy up throughout the day, When he did Green Lantern’s carbs were low and his energy was low.” following his vigorous training during the shoots, it sure proved to be a production hell for the actor.

Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

This left his look a little flatter, along with a major amount of fatigue while shooting the film and an experience Reynolds stated as a production wound in addition to a twist to the knife in the wound, it bombed both critically and commercially with just back making 217 million dollars of its massive 200 million budget, becoming a forgettable experience for the audience and an experience Ryan wouldn’t want to reminisce about.

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How Deadpool improved Ryan Reynolds’s robustness

After the vigorous montage of diet from Green Lantern sets, the actor and his trainer pulled different moves up their sleeves, now his carb intake being risen substantially thus getting the adequate fuel and strength that can be perceived in the Deadpool movie, as he was in a way better in shape in Deadpool than his Green lantern counterpart even so becoming much better in Deadpool 2. His trainer stated alongside Esquire,

“We introduced carbohydrates and I think that’s when his physique changed. Sweet potato is one of his favorite carbohydrates. He’d do oatmeal and protein in the morning. Brown rice and a little bit of fruit. His body became the best it has ever been when he started consuming carbs; it gave his body the energy it needed to start looking the way he wanted to start looking”

Ryan Reynolds in and as Deadpool (2016).
Ryan Reynolds in and as Deadpool (2016).

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Thus following a more healthy diet plus production, following the whole crew’s passion towards the project, consequently turning out a tour de force for Tim Miller and co. agglomerating 783 million at the box office considering it was half the budget Green lantern was, which is now considered a joke by the fans and Ryan Reynolds himself following his hellish journey with the product. Ryan Reynolds has begun his training for Deadpool 3, now being in the realms of the mouse alongside consorting his pal Hugh jackman, aspiring to be on the same stratum as its predecessors, pondering the quality set by its masterful 1st part and a competent sequel.

Deadpool 3 will hit theatres on 8 November 2024

Source: Esquire

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 800 articles.