Marc Bernardin
April 14, 2009 AT 09:48 PM EDT

Wanna hear something astonishing, something that — as recently as a year ago — would’ve never come out of my fingertips? Here it is: I can actually type “Brian Austin Green would actually be awesome as Green Lantern” without a spontaneous soul hemorrhage. He was so surprisingly legit as time-traveling rebel Derek Reese on Terminator: The Sarah Connnor Chronicles that hearing his name associated with a barely nascent Green Lantern film is intriguing.

Here’s the problem: He’s the only one doing the associating. Green is pulling a Sean Young — actively and publicly campaigning for a role that’s nowhere close to being his. Sometimes it works — Jackie Earle Haley landed the Rorschach part in Watchmen by shooting his own audition tape — and sometimes you’re Young, who embarrassed herself and derailed her career in pursuit of Catwoman.

But listening to Green has me believing a little. In a recent interview, he said “From what I’ve heard…they’re planning on skewing younger with the character. I’ve heard somewhere in the mid-20s, which, being a Green Lantern fan, I don’t necessarily agree with. I’ve always kind of felt that Hal Jordan needs to be a man. He needs to be somebody who lives a little and experienced a lot.”

That sort of sentiment gives me hope. At least one dude seems to know what he’s talking about. What about you? Of the opinion that Green would make a good Ringbearer? Or do the memories of 90210 give you the shimmies?

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