Back in October, I and a handful of journalists were invited to visit the New Orleans set of 'Green Lantern.' We got to talk to stars Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, as well as director Martin Campbell, and designers Grant Major and Ngila Dickson. Our group interview with Mark Strong is below. Fair warning for the non-‘Green Lantern’ readers and spoilerphobic -– the interview below contains some spoilers. They'll be marked, but beware!
Mark Strong plays Hal Jordan’s Lantern mentor, Sinestro, and he looks like this:
So when Mark Strong walks in the room wearing full makeup and five inch platform shoes, it’s all a bit stunning. As you can see, he's a purple humanoid with a widow’s peak to put Eddie Munster to shame. Despite this jarring appearance, Sinestro, the greatest of the lanterns, is not the least bit ridiculous and even in the costume, Strong has gravitas.
Back in October, I and a handful of journalists were invited to visit the New Orleans set of 'Green Lantern.' We got to talk to stars Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, as well as director Martin Campbell, and designers Grant Major and Ngila Dickson. Our group interview with Ryan Reynolds is below.
The best word I can think of to describe Reynolds is disarming. Disarming looks, charm, humor – he’s got his hooks in you, male or female, on all fronts. Obviously (ladies) he’s hot, but let’s get past that. He’s also a bit of a geek, incredibly earnest, and funny as hell.
His face is marked up with motion capture reference spots, but he’s in his street clothes. It’s worth mentioning not only because it’s referenced below and because it’s very much in contrast with his costar today, Mark Strong (Sinestro) who we also interviewed, in costume. More on that here.
Reynolds’ disarming charm and humor is something that both director Martin Campbell and costar Mark Strong praise the actor for bringing to the character Hal Jordan. It’s those moments of levity and humanism that ground the character, so when the switch is flipped to the fantastic, we’ll be truly taken by surprise and hopefully will feel the weight of the heightened stakes that much more.
Sitting in a room with him to talk about this movie, more than anything I got the feeling that he, jsut like everyone involved in the production really, truly believes in the movie. He loves it. Totally geeked. And you just want to go on this ride with him and Hal Jordan because if it’s half as fun as he thinks it is, well, then it’s pretty damn fun: