Nathan Fillion is a Fan of Reynolds as Green Lantern

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2009 at 3:22 pm,

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Canadian Love is in the air this week as fan-favorite Nathan Fillion expresses his love and support for the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern film.

Fillion, who became an actor to look out for (with his own dedicated cult following) after Firefly, is currently doing well with his new great show, Castle. But on the movie front, he’d been the subject of speculation as one of the many hopeful candidates for the Green Lantern movie. At least, up until recently when Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds were reported as the top choices and as we know, it was finally announced that Ryan Reynolds snagged the part.

So, how did Fillion react to the news of fellow Canadian Reynolds getting the part? He was actually very happy about it.

In speaking with MTV, he had this to say on the subject:

“The fact is, Ryan Reynolds has been chosen for ‘Green Lantern,’ and I can’t think of anyone better. He’s got the look, he’s got the talent, he’s got the chops, he’s got the build – the abs, he’s got superhero written all over him.”

Does he ever. Along with gaining starring roles in two big solo superhero films coming out in Green Lantern and Deadpool, Reynolds even played Captain Excellent in this year’s indie comedy, Paper Man. Going back a few years, he was also Hannibal King, the vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity.

It’s good to see Fillion fully positive and supportive of the decision and hopefully there’s more work for him down the road with Warner Brothers and their DC movies. He already had a part playing the voice of Steve Trevor in the animated Wonder Woman movie.

On that note, Fillion continued in the interview to say:

“I’m a little more like [a] sidekick, I’m a little more comic relief, whereas I know Ryan is going to handle [the role] beautifully… Ryan knows exactly what he’s doing and having worked with him for over two years, I know how he handles himself, I know how he attacks things and I’m a big fan.”

“I just went and saw ‘The Proposal,’ and I just love him so much… He does really, really good work. … We’ve actually exchanged a couple of e-mails just recently, just yakking about it. I’m very excited for him.”

I’m a big supporter of both of these actors and would love to seem them work together again after having come so far since their days in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. It’d be nice to see them in a movie together down the road. Maybe there’s a small role in Green Lantern for Fillion to play? Wouldn’t that be sweet.

There have been a ton of big name actors speculated to play Hal Jordan over the last year but only one got featured in his own teaser trailer before the film even began production – that man is Nathan Fillion. Check that trailer out if you haven’t already.

Are you a Fillion and Reynolds fan like I am? What do you think of the Green Lantern selection and is there a spot for Fillion in the movie or other DC live-action movies down the road?

Green Lantern is scheduled to open June 17, 2011.

Source: MTV

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  1. Seems to me that being Green Lantern and Deadpool is a bad idea. Espeically if they want a Deadpool movie

  2. Oh my goooood… If I have to read “Nathan Fillion” and “Green Lantern” in the same sentence ever again, I think I might just cry!

    Was he ever even considered for the role outside of the very limited “dedicated cult following”? I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: fanboy wishlist casting (almost always from genre TV) for blockbuster movies does not hold any weight. The internet may offer a feeling that the genre-TV-loving community is vast but it isn’t – not in the grand scheme of movie making and the need to justify the hundreds of millions of dollars they invest in these things.

    Sorry… but Nathan Fillion just oozes “TV actor” and – no matter how likable he may be on the small screen – very few people outside the fanboy community would have taken ‘Green Lantern’ seriously as a tentpole had he been cast in the lead role. It had to be either a complete unknown or a bonafide film star and – unfortunately – Fillion currently exists in that awkward space between.

    The same thing goes for those hoping they make a ‘Superman’ film with Tom Welling.

  3. I don’t know Kane, a Tom Welling Superman might do well in the box office under the same principle that helped Titanic. Get the girls to go, you get the guys that are forced to go with them, lol. Smallville is basically a teenage soap opera now, I’m sure there are plenty of young girls that will watch it just for him…

  4. Fillion approved? That’s good enough for me.

    And Kane, lighten up. While I would love for Nathan Fillion to take every single movie role under the sun (Catwoman anyone? Can’t be worse than Halle Berry), I’m well aware that his chances of becoming a huge movie star are slim. There are certain people who are destined to become huge movie stars and others who are destined to become huge TV stars and rarely do the two mix. Still, a guy can dream can’t he?

  5. Guys and gals, if Deadpool is actually done RIGHT, we will never see Reynolds face in the Deadpool movie. So him being GL wouldn’t matter a lick.

  6. Ink
    what does that mean? If done right?

  7. seriously, i gotta imagine there’ll be flashback scenes involving hal jordan’s father. who better than nathan fillion!!!?

  8. How about Fillion as Guy Gardner. Doesn’t have to be a big role. Just something to get him on the screen and give a typical Guy Gardnerism that makes everyone smile a little. OH and i like the idea of Fillion playing Jordans dad too.

  9. See that’s the biggest issue with Nathan Fillion. He has a huge cult following from his TV roles, but he’s not very well-known mainstream. As much as I’d love him to play Green Lantern, I knew it would never happen.

    What the guy needs to do is get a bunch of small roles in big movies. A bit part in a few big blockbusters can go a long way towards getting one of his own.

    Just look at Reynolds. If it weren’t for his couple of Deadpool scenes in the Wolverine flick, we wouldn’t even be getting a Deadpool movie, let alone with him as the star. I’m also betting that Wolverine had something to do with him getting the Green Lantern part.

  10. @ cleantalkingchimp,

    Imagine if it did go back in time though… (fixed, btw) ;)

  11. @ Josh R,

    You’re totally right.

    A good example of that is Bradley Cooper who got good face time on TV in the early days of Alias then in the last few years, had a bunch of supporting roles in big comedies.

    This led him to a lead role in Hangover and now he’s on the A-Team, and (coming full circle) was a candidate for Green Lantern too!

  12. Just my 2 cents–Nathan Fillion was great in a little movie nobody saw called “The Waitress.”

  13. I saw The Waitress (mainly because Nathan Fillion was in it although Keri Russel is gorgeous) and yes he was great in it. The movie wasn’t anything special (not bad in any way, just kind of forgettable) and really, if you’re not a fan of Fillion, it may not be worth seeing (hell, even if you are a fan, watching a movie just for one performance is a little sad… incidentally, in my spare time I like to dress up as a pot and go around pointing out the darkness of various kettles).

  14. I found the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool an A+. He was screwed in the very bad Wolverine movie. I do not see him as Hal Jordan. I see Jon Hamm as Hal Jordan. Just my thoughts.

  15. I Think that Common should play Green Lantern. We Need A African American. We Would also be good i the Justice League Movie.

  16. Reynolds would be my second candidate!

  17. Hey Jojo instead of pushing the minority angle, why not aim for more black heroes to get thier own movies? Luke Cage, Black Panther, and Bishop all immediately come to mind. I mean let’s face it one Spawn movie and a Blade trilogy don’t really fill the void do they? Besides, changing a character’s race just makes for a bad move anyway. Remember Kingpin in Daredevil?