"A lot of them are incredible artists, and they need to have a franchise in order to pursue a lot of the other interests that they may have," Reynolds explained. "It works as a bit of a conduit to the material that they want to be pursuing when they’re not shooting the big franchise."
When GQ's Zach Baron challenged Reynolds, saying franchises might prevent actors "from working on the type of material they want to be working on," the actor referenced Lawrence's career.
"Interestingly, thank God, there’s more and more opportunities for women now than there was. Obviously there’s a pay gap and an age gap in Hollywood that’s kind of insane and at some point needs to be remedied, inch by inch or mile by mile," he said, adding, "But, you know, Jennifer Lawrence, she’s a movie star. I personally would go see a movie based exclusively on the fact that she’s in it.”
As for his own movie roles, Reynolds opened up about how he really feels about the bad reviews of The Green Lantern.
"I mean, I don't give a rusty f**k, because, I know that this is gonna sound like some sort of guy who’s spent a little bit of time in a monastery or something, but it all led to here," he touted. "If I had to do it all again, I’d do the exact same thing. You know, also, Green Lantern -- you gotta remember, at the time, everyone was gunning for that role. The guys I was screen-testing against are amazing talents."
As GQ points out, Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto were all reportedly contenders for the role. "But would I change it? No!" Reynolds added. "And if it was as big a success, then it might have offered a whole different avenue of opportunities, or maybe I would just be kind of always that guy. I really don’t know."
Reynolds, 38, has a similar reaction to those questioning his parenting skills. This past spring, Reynolds' wife Blake Lively shared an Instagram photo of him carrying their daughter James in a baby carrier. Apparently, he was holding her incorrectly (her feet were together when they supposedly needed to be apart) and it sparked some backlash on social media.
"Yeah, 'Can I just make some mistakes and all of you just f**k off?' Yeah. You want to be able to say that. But you can’t say that," he said in response to the Instagram incident. "There is almost no community on Earth as intense as the parent-child online community."
ET got even more in-depth with Reynolds about fatherhood. See what the new dad had to say about the challenges of raising a little girl: