One super cold day last year in Atlanta there were a small group of Mommy Bloggers going on a super secret mission…..TO SAVE THE WORLD. Ok, maybe I’m exgaggerating a bit. Still I want you to picture this. It WAS a cold and dreary day and we were in Atlanta and were completely off book. No cell phones, no pictures, and worst of all: NO SOCIAL MEDIA! *ACK* I don’t know how I survived it, but we were on a secret mission to travel ON-SET of Ant-Man. Over the next few days I’ll be telling you all about that super awesome day and sharing great interviews and tidbits to get you excited about the upcoming release on July 17th.
Later this week I will tell you the story about the Ant-Man helmet so keep checking in! For now let’s get to the interview with the Super Awesome Paul Rudd:
Q: So how does it feel to be a part of Marvel and be a superhero?
PAUL RUDD: It’s fun! It’s a totally different kind of experience for me. So, I’ve just kind of given into it and gone on this wild ride. It’s been great. I’ve enjoyed it.
Q: What made you want to sign up to do a superhero part?
PAUL RUDD: Well, when I first signed on, the director was Edgar Wright, who also wrote the script with a guy named Joe Cornish. Edgar’s a friend of mine, and I was excited about working with Edgar, and, and it also seemed like, just a different kind of thing, which, was interesting in and of itself. I figured it would probably be funny. Then there were other elements, like action and some drama and stuff like that that, I don’t think people normally associate with me.
Q: How does it feel to move around and to be wearing the suit and the helmet?
PAUL RUDD: It feels really cool, ‘cause it looks bad ass. It’s a great suit. It’s a little tough to move around in. I just kinda make due, you know. Try and strike a heroic pose knowing my arms aren’t really gonna be able to… I can’t get them up any higher. There was one time where I was, like, all right, I’m ready to kinda take this off. It was that thing of, like, having your arm in a cast where I thought I felt an itch, like on my head. I wanted to go like that, *scratches head* and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do anything. That’s like another thing. It’s so thick. You kind of can’t do anything about it. The best thing you do is just try and zen that out.
Q: How long were you in those costumes when you were in them?
PAUL RUDD: It varied.Sometimes it would just be kind of a shot or two. Other times it was most of the day. We shot inside a lot, and they were able to keep the sound stages a little cooler, which was good, ‘cause it didn’t breathe that well. There were certain days I was in it for a long time. It felt great to take it off at the end of the day. It takes a few people to kind of get in and out of it. Had a small pit crew.
Q: Any research or training for your role?
PAUL RUDD: Yeah. I mean, both! I’d say more training than research. I like, do some just basic research and things on ants and that kinda thing, and then some Marvel stuff. I trained for, like, about a year, and there’s been a lot of training. I did a lot of gymnastics and mild hard core. I tried to get familiar with that. I’d never done that before. Then regular, just weight training and all that kind of stuff that is required for these kinds of parts.
Q: What were your family and friends reactions when you told them you were going to be playing Ant-Man?
PAUL RUDD: They seemed pretty excited. I guess. I mean, it’s for those that cared. I mean, there were others that didn’t care, really. I mean, why would they? They’ve all got their own lives. At a certain point it’s, like, great! My family was, I think, excited. I’ve got a 10 year old son, and I was really excited to tell him that I was gonna be a superhero. He’s more into kind of sports and music, and it’s… the superhero stuff hasn’t really gotten him in. He just turned 10. I was excited at the idea that, he’d get to see a movie that I did, ‘cause he’s never seen one, really. When he said what is it called? Who you gonna play? And I said Ant-Man. He just looked at me and said, what? Ant-Man? He couldn’t quite wrap his brain around that one. I acknowledged it doesn’t have quite the same, you know, verve and panache as Iron Man. To a 9 year old, that kind of stuff makes a big difference, but he came to the set, and it was pretty cool. He got to see the suit, and He tried on the helmet, and I think that changed.
Q: Is there a lot of improv in this movie?
PAUL RUDD: Yeah. I mean, There has been, to a certain extent. More than on some things I’ve worked on, and a lot less than other things I’ve worked on. Marvel has a way of shooting these films. They have a kind of a Marvel approach, and they’ll often try lots of different versions of things. They want to kind of explore every avenue. I like that. I like working like that, and sometimes it feels maybe like you’re going down a nowhere road. I think so much of this stuff is shaped as you edit it, and you get into post, and, we have a script and we do the scenes as written, but then we’ll play around with it as well.
Q: What did you find the most challenging about this role?
PAUL RUDD: Maybe, doing a lot of things at once while we’re going along with it and then adhering to the world that it lives in and it’s, like, this is not a broad comedy. They’re all challenging in their own ways. There’s the physical aspects, which while challenging, really fun. So I liked it all. There’s been certain things that have been demanding is cutting out all carbs for a year. That’s the most demanding. That part sucks! Has nothing to do with actually playing the character. It’s not being able to even have a Guinness on a weekend. Don’t you feel bad for me? See it’s hard doing this stuff.
As you can tell Paul Rudd was just super sweet and nice. He had been working for days and it was SUPER cold that day when he spoke to us. The entire cast and crew that we spoke with had nothing but good things to say about him. You can tell he helps create a great working environment on set. So keep checking in this week for even MORE fun Ant-Man articles!
Ant-Man In Theaters July 17th
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
***Disclosure: I attended the Ant-Man Set Visit My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***