Anything that’s a conversation starter/an ice breaker/anything that’ll illicit a giggle.
That’s why when did our very first premiere back in 2007 and we had to interview Justin Timberlake, Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas for Shrek The Third we painted our face green.
Firstly, he said his co-star Blake Lively was extremely fond of cooking and would regularly appear on set with a selection of tasty nibbles to offer around. Whatta gal!
Thirdly, whenever he was asked about his superhero diet and what he ate he would variously quip that he’d chow down on a) orphans b) distracted children.
So on the way to interviewing the square-jawed movie star we stopped by Peyton & Byrne (we’re not too great with baking – too much measuring involved) and picked up a cupcake for Mr Reynolds and it just so happened that they had one with green sprinkles.
Suffice to say when we walked in and presented him with the treat Reynolds was (adorably) over the moon. What we didn’t expect was for the actor to start digging into the cupcake as we sat down.
He did kindly offer us some but we didn’t really think chocolate in the teeth would be a good look on the big screen. If you haven’t seen the FTRC ep with Reynolds then click here
Here’s what we didn’t have time to shoehorn into the final edit.
The entire world that you’re expected to interact with was CGI. How did that affect your performance? Did you find it freeing or quite difficult?
RR: “At first it was difficult. It’s sort of like theatre in that you have to create this world in your mind and then express it to the audience through your eyes and that’s always a challenge particularly when you’re used to being in films where you’re interacting with real people in a tactile world.
“We shot a good chunk of the movie just in a green screen soundstage – blue for our movie because I’m green. It was tough but after a few weeks we got used to it. We also had incredible storyboard artists who would show us images of what we were supposed to be looking at.
Can you tell us a little bit about the journey Hal Jordan take during the film?
RR: “When we meet Hal he’s a lost guy at an all time low. He’s reckless and irresponsible sorta suicidal test pilot.His dad died when he was very young and he has a few dad issues, he missed a few hugs as a kid and that’s resulted in this guy who never found his footing as an adult.
“But he’s gifted a pilot he’s not fearless, but he has a real ability to overcome fear which is why he’s chosen for this job, to be this particular sector’s green lantern so when he’s given this gift he gains humility and a real sense of purpose.”
You’re a handsome gentleman…
RR: “Why thank you…”
You’re welcome. You’re well dressed, you play strong superhero characters, tell us something that’s uncool about you.
After the jump! Find out what is uncool about Reynolds, plus more pics, what we were wearing and what was in the Green Lantern goodie bag…
RR: “I don’t know I mean what is uncool these days? Geek is chic. In fact it’s the cool people who have taken the place of the geeks and the geeks who have taken the place of the cool people so I like to never really firmly plant my foot firmly in any particular demographic, since I was a little kids I’ve pretty much been like that.
RR: “I’ve had a few. I had one guy who had about 150 pictures of me as the Green Lantern and I was signing them and signing them and I realised 25 minutes into this I’m never going to leave this guy. He’s got a stack here that never ends.
“You run into people like that but for the most part they’re just excited to see this guy up on the big screen. They’ve been waiting a long time to have this moment and it’s a character that only now is the technology available to accurately put him on screen. So I understand.”
And that was the end. After we shook his hand and stood up he asked us if we’d baked the cupcake ourselves.
No, we said, we don’t bake, and also we didn’t want you to worry that we’d laced them with rohypnol.
He said this while stuffing his face, we hasten to add.
We promptly put all of it on and strutted off into Soho.
Once again we wore our favourite Zoe and Morgan necklace – which is the second outing for it on the red carpet – we wore it to the Pirates premiere too!
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