Ryan Reynolds 'beaten up' on Green Lantern set

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Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans star in this paranormal action film in which people possess one of several special powers. For example, "movers" are telekinetic, "watchers" can look into the future, and "pushers" can implant thoughts in other people's minds. A government agency called the Division is trying to use these paranormals as warriors, but some are resisting. Mover Nick (Chris Evans) is in hiding when watcher Cassie (Dakota Fanning) seeks his help in finding a pusher (Camilla Belle).
April 7th, 2011

Ryan Reynolds was "beaten up" by 'Green Lantern' director Martin Campbell.

The 34-year-old actor - who plays Hal Jordan, a man who is bestowed superpowers by an intergalactic order known as the Green Lantern Corps - says he had to get in shape for the superhero movie and claims Martin's direction was more intense than the actual training itself.

He explained: "I had to wear that suit, so I put in my required time in the gym. But I'm not one of those actors who romanticises his trials working out and brags that he can bench press a panda now.

"Martin Campbell was more dangerous than the training. He pushes you so hard on the set that he beats you up. I came away with a separated shoulder and a torn abdominal muscle."

To play Hal, who is a daredevil test pilot as well as a superhero, Ryan had to understand what it meant to put himself in danger and says he gained inspiration from family members who are police officers and real-life pilots.

He said: "I come from a family of cops, and all of them share that understanding that they put their lives on the line. They share and deal with that sense of risk every day, so I got to see that up close.

"I also spent time with actual military pilots at an Air Force base to get a sense of who they are and what they do."