Ryan Reynolds was all smiles at the Hollywood premiere of his action flick "Green Lantern," but the actor says his nieces and nephews were even more excited about his comic book hero status.
"My nieces and nephews are losing their minds right now," Reynolds told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television at the event.
"I've got a 7-year-old nephew who's going to the midnight show tomorrow in Vancouver and he has the actual ring!" the actor added. "I gave him the actual ring from the movie, so he's going to be there, probably drinking a martini at around midnight tomorrow."
"Green Lantern" is based on the DC Comic book that follows fighter pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who becomes the first human inducted into the Green Lantern Corps., a brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that gives him superpowers. The Green Lanterns come together to fight a new enemy called Parallax and with the help of his fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Jordan overcomes his fear to join the fight.
Reynolds graciously greeted the crowds of fans who awaited his arrival on Hollywood Boulevard and told OnTheRedCarpet.com that it was just flattering to see such a turnout.
"It really isn't actually work or effort," Reynolds said. "Those people have been waiting here all day and it's really the least you can do to go over and say hello and sign whatever the hell they want you to sign. But mostly, it's flattering just to see this many people here!"
The actor joked that he wouldn't have accepted the role had green not been in his color wheel, saying: "No, definitely not, but I am a summer. Oh God ... that's maybe the worst thing I've ever said."
Reynolds played Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in the film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" alongside Hugh Jackman in 2009 and the title character in the 2002 comedy film "Van Wilder," which starred Tara Reid. He also starred in the sitcom "Two Guys and a Girl" from 1998 to 2001.
Reynolds began his on-screen career on Canadian television, starring in shows such as the teen soap opera "Hillside," also called "Fifteen," in 1990 and the sci-fi teen series "The Odyssey."
In December, Reynolds divorced actress Scarlett Johansson after two years of marriage.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
"Green Lantern" was released on Friday, June 17. Check out a trailer for the film below.