At this past weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego, Moviehole had the chance to chat to director Martin Campbell (”The Mask of Zorro”, ”Goldeneye”, ”Casino Royale”) about bringing Hal Jordan’s story to the big screen.
Would you say that, since there’s so much going on in “The Green Lantern”, that the movie is going to be a tough sell?
It’s not a tough one to explain. I think it’s all very, very clear. I think the story that we are telling, which is the Hal Jordon story, is quite concise, actually. I think that the fact that he’s inducted and he becomes a Green Lantern and the way in which the ring works through will power is easy to understand – the stronger your will power, the stronger your construct…..construct being whatever your imagination cares to create. The actual story is very simple.
I know there are many complex characters and all the characters from the origin story go on to the dark side in later comics and things, but I think it’s very straight forward.
I imagine Ryan Reynolds wasn’t the only one to audition for the role?
We did test a few actors. We tested a few of them twice. We went to England and tested a few people. This is a serious thing – this is not just one film but, if it’s successful, we’ll do a sequel, so we hope this is something that goes on for a long period of time – so we had to choose vigilantly. Everyone was good but Ryan was exceptional!
A lot of the characters are CGI characters. Have you cast actors to supply the voices for those characters yet?
We’ve got some ideas we can’t disclose at the moment, only because of post production. We’re a year out from releasing still. I’m sure there’ll be three or four voices tried for each character to see how they fit. You’re never quite sure until you cut the film of precisely how the characters turned out.
There’s a lot of talk that this might build up to a “Justice League” movie – does that affect your choices at all?
No, not at all. I think we stand absolutely on our own and we stand as our own superhero, our own story. And a terrific story it is.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.