July 16th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
If the casting mill rumors are true, Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto might become green with envy when they see the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly. The magazine has the first shot of buff actor Ryan Reynolds in costume as the Green Lantern, a role for which both Cooper and Leto were reportedly considered.
Based on the popular DC comic book, the movie stars 33-year-old Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a pilot who receives a mysterious ring from a dying alien. The bauble's glowing green energy gives him superpowers that include the ability to conjure up objects and also to fly - something that didn't come easy for Reynolds.
"The first time you do it," the actor told EW, "you're seriously considering an adult diaper."
As for how he got in fighting form to fill out Green Lantern's iconic costume, Reynolds, who reportedly injured his shoulder on set earlier this week, accepted the task in stride.
"It's all part of the job, so I guess I can't complain," he said. "You spend one day a week eating what you want and the other six days eating drywall and wood chips."
The sci-fl flick, which co-stars Blake Lively as Hal Jordan's love interest, is set to hit theaters June 17, 2011.
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