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Inside Look into the Cast of Marvel’s “Ant-Man”

I attended the interview as a guest of Disney

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

The epic new Marvel film “Ant-Man” is coming out in theaters this Friday. It is one of the best Marvel films yet, and we were thrilled to sit down with the cast of the show recently to talk about the movie. Now, if you’re not a huge Marvel fan, then you might be wondering – who is Ant-Man? Kevin Feige, the producer, told us, “Ant-Man in the comics is a founding member of the Avengers.”

“Ant-Man and Wasp were the two that had been the longest that we haven’t done anything with, so it was always clear that we were going to assemble all the Avengers eventually.” Kevin Feige

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

All of the actors in the film did a phenomenal job and played roles that many of us are not used to seeing them play in this film, especially Paul Rudd. We know him mostly for his comedic roles in “Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Parks and Recreation.” He stepped outside of his traditional film role while still bringing a comedic twist to his character as Ant-Man himself. “The fact that it was different than anything that I’d ever done. I liked the challenge; I thought it would be an exciting adventure,” said Rudd.

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

When it came to preparing for the role Paul Rudd shared with us, “Growing up, I didn’t know the character. Before we started shooting, I read the comics. I tried to do a little bit of research. There was also all of the physical stuff that I wanted to throw myself into, to feel as if I could play the part and not only be convincing but just help me feel the part more.” All the hard work that Rudd did to prepare his body for the role showed in the movie. “I enjoyed being able to do shoulder rolls and flips for the first time,” said Rudd.

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Paul Rudd is not only a superhero on the big screen but also in real-life to his 9-year-old son. What did his son think of his dad becoming Ant-Man? “It’s the first thing I’ve ever done, ever, that he is like legitimately jazzed about. He can see it, his friends know about it, and we were at Disneyland like two days ago and they have kind of a sneak preview. I was sitting next to him, and to see as a parent the look on my kid’s face when he’s watching this – I’ll never forget. As soon as it ended he just looked at me. He’s like, ‘That’s awesome!’ And every time a commercial is on, he’s like, ‘Dad, Dad, Dad!’ He’s so excited and I’ve never experienced that. It’s so cool to be able to share this with my own family, and especially my son,” said Rudd

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

When it came to talking with Evangeline Lilly who we will never forget for her incredible role in the series, “Lost,” she truly did a phenomenal job representing women in the film. “As a woman who came into a predominantly male film, I had a great time working with Peyton and with the producers, on this character. I could see a hunger in them to really, really do right by Hope, and do right by their female fans and the female audience,” said Lilly. We don’t see Lilly in as many roles as we would like, so we were curious what she looks for in decided to play a new role in a film? “When I pick a role, one of the things that I aspire to is that somebody’s parent will come up to me after the film has come out and say, ‘My daughter idealizes that character. You’re her hero.’ And that’s what we aim for, especially in this brand, right? We’re in the business of making heroes,” said Lilly.

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Then there is Michael Douglas. Every time that Douglas takes on a new role in a film, he continues to surprise us. In the film Ant-Man, I was amazed at how much he was able to change his age in the film, and yet be so convincing. A lot like Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas was not familiar with the character before starting to work on the film. Kevin sent Douglas two years of comic books so that Douglas could learn more about the character. The Douglas shared with us, “My 14-year old’s reaction was like an agent. He said, ‘You know, Dad; this could be a whole new audience for you.’ So I took that to heart and here I am.”

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Photo courtesy of Marvel

Honestly, audiences will be surprised with “Ant-Man.” It is nothing like Marvel has done before and will speak to people of all ages. Whether you’re a superhero fan or not, you’ll laugh, be on the edge of your seat and be fully entertained while watching this all-new Marvel film.

Learn more about Ant-Man on Facebook, Twitter, and online. Don’t miss taking your kids to see it in theaters this Friday.

Steve is a race car, boat loving Dad with a love for adventure. When he is not bungie jumping off a bridge he is playing Monopoly with his kids or working on re-building a classic car.
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