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Ryan Reynolds spend much of the time in "Lantern" in green suits that are so formfitting they look sprayed on.
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updated 6/15/2011 1:00:09 PM ET 2011-06-15T17:00:09

Ryan Reynolds is ready to trade one six pack for another.

The actor admitted he was sick of talking about his well-defined abs, which are on display so prominently in the new, big-screen adaptation of "The Green Lantern" comic-book series that they practically deserve their own billing.

"God, on a scale of one to 10 — one being, 'This is delightful' to 10 being, 'I can't stop vomiting' — probably somewhere around a nine; just dry-heaving at this point," the actor noted, with a smile.

The lanky Reynolds has certainly looked fit onscreen before, perhaps most notably in "The Proposal"'s scene where his and Sandra Bullock's characters accidentally run into each other — naked.

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"There's no starvation," he said of his "Lantern" role-prep diet. "It's the opposite. It's eating, eating, eating. I don't typically eat like that. So, it's a lot about getting a little bit bigger and stronger, too. So, a lot of it's functional, too, because you just get your ass kicked like this. So, you want to get up after falling on the cement 45 times in a row."

While physical training for a movie was nothing new to Reynolds, that didn't make it any easier for "Lantern," which opens this weekend. "The goal is, no matter how you feel, you just got to get up and do it. It's three in the morning because you've got a five a.m. call," Reynolds explained. "You know, it's just part of the job. You know, 'This too shall pass. This is 10, 11 months right now. But, pretty soon, I'll be able to sit on the couch and have a beer, 10 beers. It's all the same. I'm Canadian."

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Both the 34-year-old Reynolds and co-star Mark Strong (a British thespian perhaps best known for the third and sixth "Prime Suspect" films) spend much of the time in "Lantern" in green suits that are so formfitting they look sprayed on. "Unforgiving," noted Strong, 47.

"It's funny to me from where I come from, the work I've done, coming from the theater, that over the past 25 years, part of being an actor is your physical appearance, in terms of whether you're fit or whether you look good naked. That never really used to be an issue. It's a kind of recent — for the last 10 years — phenomenon for an old (guy) like me. I have to keep up with the young guys."

Added Reynolds, "When Mark signed on to the film, I knew we had something special there — _ specifically because if the franchise is to continue, which everybody hopes it will, then what's going to happen is that war between Hal (Reynolds' character) and Sinestro (Strong's character). That's something that's going to be interesting."

Which means both Strong and Reynolds may be hitting the gym again.

"You know," replied Reynolds, "That is what we call 'a good problem.' In my industry, it's a very good problem."

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  1. Twin bill

    Actor Ryan Reynolds poses with a wax figure of himself at Madame Tussauds in 2013. (Madame Tussauds) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Wide-eyed star

    Reynolds attends the "Turbo" premiere at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, on June 25, 2013. He provided the voice of the speedy snail. (Robert Marquardt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Croods' bunch

    "The Croods" stars from left, Christine Keener, Emma Stone, Reynolds and Nicolas Cage attend the premiere of the film at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York on March 10, 2013. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A 'Safe' bet

    Reynolds stars in "Safe House," an action-thriller with Denzel Washington in February 2012.

    Washington plays a dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Out of the 'House'

    Reynolds, center, joins Denzel Washington, left, and director Daniel Espinosa at a "Safe House" photocall at Villamagna Hotel in Madrid, Sapin, on Jan. 31, 2012. (Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A sporting duo

    Reynolds, left, and "Change-Up" co-star Jason Bateman present an award at the ESPY Awards in Los Angles on July 13, 2011. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Wanna trade?

    In "The Change-Up," Reynolds and Bateman play two men who envy each other's lives and end up swapping. Bateman is a married dad while Reynolds is a swinging bachelor, and each finds out the other's life isn't as simple as it looks. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Supporting the troops

    Reynolds greets fans outside a theater on the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego where his 2011 film, "Green Lantern," was being shown to the families of Marines. (Lenny Ignelzi / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Going 'Green'

    Reynolds gets the superhero treatment in the 2011 action adventure film "Green Lantern." In the film, he plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who receives special powers from a ring. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Strike a pose

    Reynolds arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. He was a presenter. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Award winner

    Ryan Reynolds accepts the Male Star of the Year award at the CinemaCon awards ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 31, 2011. CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Mr. Sexy

    Ryan Reynolds beat back the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm to be named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive on Nov. 17, 2010. The 34-year-old actor finds himself in select company as he takes the title from 2009 winner Johnny Depp. Days earlier, Reynolds' ex wife, actress Scarlett Johansson, was named GQ magazine's "Babe of the Year." (People.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'Buried'

    In 2010's "Buried," Reynolds plays an American truck driver whose convoy is ambushed. He finds himself buried alive with only a cell phone, knife, lighter and a few other things, and must try to save himself from suffocation. The film was praised for telling an intriguing story while limiting the audience's view to what's going on in the coffin. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Puttin' on the Ritz

    Reynolds made a dashing appearance in black tie at the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Cheers!

    Reynolds and fellow presenter Maggie Gyllenhaal toast the evening at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Deadpool

    In the 2011 film "Deadpool," Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a highly-efficient mercenary with a secret superpowered identity. His weapon of choice is Japanese katana swords. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Time to talk

    Reynolds visits the "Late Show With David Letterman" at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater on June 17, 2009. (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Will you marry me?

    Reynolds and Sandra Bullock teamed up in the 2009 romantic comedy "The Proposal" as a couple thrown together by her hunt for American citizenship. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. On the red carpet

    "Proposal" stars Reynolds and Bullock arrive at the MTV Movie Awards on May 31, 2009, in Universal City, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Adventureland'

    Reynolds plays an amusement-park repair technician in 2009's "Adventureland." His character claims to have played a gig with Lou Reed, but his co-workers are doubtful. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. 'Definitely, Maybe'

    In 2008's "Definitely, Maybe," Reynolds plays a dad who must tell his young daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) about his past. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Wedded bliss

    Reynolds wed actress Scarlett Johansson on Sept. 27, 2008, in British Columbia. The marriage ended in early 2011. (Rainer Jensen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. 'Chaos Theory'

    In 2007's "Chaos Theory," Reynolds played a time-management expert whose life is thrown into chaos when hs gets off of his highly regulated schedule. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Race time

    Reynolds served as grand marshal at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500 on June 7, 2009 in Long Pond, Penn. (Sam Greenwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. 'Smokin' Aces'

    In 2007's "Smokin' Aces," Reynolds and Ray Liotta play FBI agents working a case involving a Las Vegas comedian. () Back to slideshow navigation
  26. May I take your order please?

    In 2005's "Waiting...", Reynolds, Justin Long and Anna Faris play young employees battling boredom at Shenanigan's, a generic chain restaurant. (Lions Gate Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Get out of the house!

    Reynolds played troubled homeowner George Lutz in the 2005 remake of 1979's "Amityville Horror," which documents the supposed paranormal happenings in a house where a man murdered his entire family. (MGM) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Support for Fox

    Reynolds embraces Michael J. Fox at the "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinsons" benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Nov. 5, 2008 in New York. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. 'Blade: Trinity'

    Reynolds plays Hannibal King, the head of a vampire hunting group, in 2004's "Blade: Trinity." (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. You oughta know

    Alanis Morissette and Reynolds attend the 2003 MTV Movie Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 31, 2003 in Los Angeles. The two announced their engagement in 2004, but broke up in 2007. Her album, "Flavors of Entanglement," was inspired by the breakup. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Ordering 'Pizza'

    Reynolds, Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo starred in "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place," a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1998 to 2001. (FX Networks via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. School days

    Reynolds, Kal Penn, "The Real World's" Teck Holmes, and Jason Winer star in 2002's "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Reynolds plays the title role, a student who has no interest in graduating college even after seven years. (Artisan Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Magic powers

    Reynolds played the boyfriend of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in the 1996 film based on the Archie Comics character. Melissa Joan Hart starred as Sabrina, and would go on to play her in the seven-season TV series. (Showtime via Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
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