It’s been over two years since a fan campaign began to get Tyrese in as The Green Lantern – and Tyrese has now admitted that he would be left ‘disappointed’ if it fell through.
‘I’ll be disappointed if I don’t do it because of all of the hype and energy around it but you know, choices are choices,’ he told Metro.co.uk.
‘[WB] are going to decide what they want to do. I’d bring me, my all and everything I do [if they hired me] – if I had a shot it would be the best thing they could ever do.’
The campaign was started by fans in 2015 and Tyrese has taken to sharing fan art that features himself as The Green Lantern, a role previously played by Ryan Reynolds in a version that left a lot to be desired for many.
‘The fans started it and I didn’t know much about Green Lantern before this campaign all started so when they started sending me fan art I would put it up on my timeline and it’s pretty real to me,’ he added.
‘So that was a big deal. I met up a couple of time at Warner Bros but they’re still trying to figure out what they want to do,’ he added.
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Tyrese was speaking to Metro.co.uk as he promoted the upcoming DVD release of Fast & Furious 8, and he also discussed how ‘old Hollywood racist practises’ have been changing slowly but surely over the year.
‘I think old Hollywood racist practices connect to “black films don’t do well abroad” and ever since this guy by the name of Will Smith came on the scene all of that has changed,’ he joked.
‘Even Fast & Furious 8, with a multi ethnic cast, a billion dollars in three weeks, number one for three weeks, Dwayne [Johnson] and Vin [Diesel] and myself and Ludacris – there is so many of us; Charlize is a white woman but she’s African so we can even take credit for her!’
He added: ‘It’s one of those situations where we’re really proud to be part of something so progressive that changes these perceptions out there about movies that only do well that only appeal to be a black audience. Even Straight Outta Compton to do, what, 200 million? You can’t say that was only black people.’
Fast & Furious 8 is out on DVD and Blu Ray on October 16 2017.