Does the hero win? Who is the real hero? Oh, Cap what have you done to AntMan?
I was invited by Disney to the AntMan and the Wasp Set in Atlanta in Pinewood Studios. All geeking out over The Wasp and opinions shared are my own.
As Paul Rudd walked in we welcomed him with a thunderous applause which he said had his heart racing!!! He definitively did not need coffee after that. A joker and a charmer all in one it was a great start to our interview. He explained to us that it is always strange when a movie comes out. That is because after all the long hard work people finally get a chance to see it. To that, he adds that the filming of it, the experience of it, has been nothing but fun, hard work but really enjoyable.
Paul Rudd Spills On Reactions to the AntMan and The Wasp Surprises – Exclusive Interview
Soooooo, yes, Paul Rudd tells us so much to complement our exclusive AntMan and The Wasp set visit. Here are the details we can share right now:
Was it very hard to bring up the comedic factor after doing such an amazing job in the first Ant-Man when you sat down and co-wrote the script?
Since the characters were already established, Paul Rudd shares that it was quite the opposite. That allowed for the talent to lean into the comedy or whatever else they wanted/needed to. In particular, what happened in Captain America: Civil War also explains and amplifies what is going on with Scott Lang which makes for a smooth integration. There was no need for anyone to find their footing. Instead, they all hit the ground running. Plus a lot of Marvel families out there want to get a chance to view it together. Granted some scenes could be intense or scary but the humor might overshadow that. The fact that the team aimed to have a very engaging film that is visually stunning plus the family factor does round it out as a family-friendly Marvel type movie.
A movie for the entire family?
Should you take your children to watch AntMan and The Wasp? We give you our thoughts on that. Paul Rudd touches a bit upon this. He starts by explaining that the AntMan franchise has its own world within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having their own tone, they wanted to make it enjoyable for all ages. In the end, the movie deals with parents and children relationship issues.
There is plenty of action but fortunately, AntMan and The Wasp has their own world within the universe. The movie deals with parents and children and it is a theme throughout the movie The objective was to have a movie that was enjoyable for many. Visually stunning, engaging, funny and with bigger and better action and effects. They were trying to do a lot.
More on Family
Things that Paul Rudd underlined on family for us on that AntMan and the Wasp:
- it is multicultural,
- it is about extended family: “I love that my ex-wife and her new husband, we all get along really well.”. Laughing Paul Rudd adds ” It takes a village.”.
- Paul Rudd loves working with kids because you never know what they are going to do and you feed off of them!
- Scott Lang playing with Cassie is not far off from Paul Rudd’s real life, and he can totally relate to them.
Adorable AntMan Fact: Paul Rudd thinks his daughter really loves seeing him on screen with his movie daughter because he keeps telling her she is the real Cassie. He does little things in the movie that are special signals for his daughter!
Working with Michelle Pfeifer
“She’s the best. [LAUGHTER] She’s so nice and she’s just a really lovely person. I’ve worked with her before and this was great because I hadn’t seen her in a while. Very smart. Very funny in ways I think people might not know. She’s very wry and she’s got a real stealthy cool sense of humor, I find.”.
Working with Michael Douglas
It was a thrill when Paul Rudd found out he was going to work with icons like Michelle Pfeifer, Michael Douglas and Laurence Fishburne. To him, it was as if they came on board and made it all legitimate. He goes on: “You can do anything with Michael Douglas and he just has gravitas. And he’s been in so many films that I’ve loved for so long, all of us really. I’ve said as much as I admire and appreciate him as an actor, I have now come to admire and appreciate and love him even more as a guy, as a friend. And when he’s on set, he’s just he’s just so kind of funny and easy going. We’ve gotten to the point now where we can talk about life things, not just script stuff and movie stuff and instead, you know, world events and sports and families, we talk a lot about our kids. I feel like we’ve become friends which is still baffling to me, that I can say he would be a friend. But I really- I just really-really love the guy.”.
On The Wasp
Paul Rudd is all for girl power and can’t praise Evangeline Lilly enough. He loved working with her. In his mind, the female character I think is the one who’s really better suited for the job, in all honesty. She’s born- it’s a family business and she’s born into it.
Breaking News- Paul Rudd Spills!
You need to come back Monday July 9th for a special update to this post. We got big information during the interview, and I will do as Paul Rudd and the AntMan and The Wasp beans on Monday! In the meantime, get your tickets for opening day July 6th!