Ryan Reynolds might be one of the hottest properties in Hollywood right now thanks to the success of Deadpool, but that wasn't the case five years ago. 

He revealed that after the poor reception of 2011's Green Lantern, he struggled to find work in Hollywood. 

"I represented the death of the superhero for a while,"  Reynolds said in Variety's Actors on Actors series conversation with Taraji P. Henson. "After Green Lantern, I was pretty much unhirable."

Reynolds also revealed why the character of Wade Wilson/Deadpool was just a much better fit for him, leading to the film's success.

"Deadpool was one of those things that was just so specific--it was like this weird superhero anarchy that I loved so much," he said. "I think I was in the superhero suit more in the marketing materials than I was in the actual film. Which is
 why I stole the suit at the end of production and just brought it home with me."

Reynolds is set to reprise the role in Deadpool 2 next year and the film recently found its director after the original's Tim Miller dropped out.