Interview with Paul Rudd on the Set of Ant-Man

It’s always such an exciting adventure when I get to go on the set of a movie currently in production. Last November I had the opportunity to fly to Atlanta to go on the set of Ant-Man and interview several of the stars. One of those stars was Paul Rudd.

Interview with Paul Rudd

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview of Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.During our interview with Paul Rudd on the set of Ant-Man, you can obviously tell by the photo above that we were freezing. Just so happens we were in Atlanta during a cold spell. So cold in fact that the scene that was scheduled to shoot had to be moved inside.

Of course we’re all bundled with huge jackets, hats and mittens and Paul’s all playing it cool with a light jacket.

Paul Rudd’s Thoughts on Being a Superhero

I imagine that if I was an actor it would be a dream to be asked to play a role in a Marvel film. When Paul Rudd was asked how it felt to be in a Marvel film, he said “it’s fun…a totally different kind of experience for me. I’ve just kind of given into it and gone on this wild ride…and it has been one so far. But it’s been great. I’ve enjoyed it.”

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview with Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.

When asked why he wanted to take the role of a superhero, he said that “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 him.” He continued on saying, “it also seemed like a different kind of thing, which, was interesting in and of itself. I figured it would probably be funny. But then there were other elements, like action and some drama and stuff like that, that I don’t think people normally associate with me.”

During the interview with Paul Rudd, he confessed that he wasn’t a real big comic guy, and honestly, before seeing the first Marvel film, neither was I. And I still don’t really like comics, but I do love a good superhero.

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview with Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.

The Ant-Man Costume

While we were in Atlanta and before visiting the set of Ant-Man, we had the opportunity to see the Ant-Man costume (which I’ll write about in a later post) so naturally we wanted to know how he moved around while wearing it. We were able to try on just the helmet and I can’t imagine having to move around the way he does in the film with that big thing on my head. He did admit that the costume was “a little tough to move around in.” He’s not the claustrophobic type (like me) but he did say that he remembers a couple of times when he just had to take of the helmet. He related it to “having your arm in a cast where I thought I felt an itch, like on my head.”

During the filming of Ant-Man there were days when he was in the costume for the better part of the day and he said, “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. ‘Cause it takes a few people to kind of get in and out of it. I had a small pit crew.”

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview with Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.

Research & Training for the Role of Ant-Man

Playing the role of any character usually requires some training and research and the same was true for Paul Rudd, although he said, “more training than research.” At the time of this interview, which was November 2014, he said that “I’ve been involved with this for about a year, and there’s been a lot of training. I did a lot of hard core gymnastics…and some regular weight training.”

Obviously scoring a role in any movie is a huge deal, but scoring a role as a superhero in a Marvel movie is an even bigger deal. We, of course, wanted to know how others responded to the news, and while not everyone was overly excited, Paul did say that he was “really excited to tell him [his 10-year old son] that I was gonna be a superhero.” Um, heck ya. But because his son wasn’t really into superheroes yet (he’s more of music and sports kind of guy), I don’t think it went over as well as it could have. When he asked his dad what superhero he was going to be and after Paul told him Ant-Man, Paul said “he just looked at me and said, what? Ant-Man?” It probably wasn’t the reaction Paul was hoping for, but still. He’s a Marvel Superhero. In my book, it just doesn’t get better than that.

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview with Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.

While we were sitting outside in the freezing cold, in a small white tent, with portable heaters, we were able to watch the filming that was going in the home where the scene was being filmed. As they went over the same scene about 100 times (no joke) we noticed that the lines weren’t the same each time. There were little variances here and there. When asked if there was any improvisation in the movie, Paul said that “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. But 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 explore every avenue. And I like working like that. We have a script and we do the scenes as written, but then we’ll play around with it as well.

Get a look into the making of Ant-Man with this interview with Paul Rudd while on the set of Ant-Man.

While we were on set, the scene that was being filmed was the birthday scene. So when you finally get to watch the movie on July 17th, just imagine the group of us pictured above all huddled outside in the cold while the photo right above was taken.

Great memories, y’all! Come back each day of this week to find more Ant-Man content!

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37 thoughts on “Interview with Paul Rudd on the Set of Ant-Man”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    We will probably see this at some point. Either in the theaters or when it makes its way to Netflix.

  2. Michelle F. says:

    Wow what a cool experience. I will definitely be checking out this movie.

  3. Jeannette says:

    I’ve always really liked him and can’t wait to check him out in this movie! You had quite an experience being able to interview him!

  4. Heather says:

    I’ve always loved Paul Rudd as an actor. I just genuinely love most films he’s in. Didn’t know he was playing a super hero in a film til now. I’m sure since its Marvel, we’ll see this movie!

  5. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) says:

    I’ve seen a few of Paul Rudd’s comedies so it’ll be interesting to see him as a superhero.

  6. Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) says:

    Wow that must have been fascinating! I cannot wait to see this movie.

  7. Danielle K says:

    I’m so excited to see this movie! Paul Rudd is seriously one of my favorite actors and I know he’s going to be great ?

  8. Maria says:

    How fun!!I have loved him for years!! I’m excited about the movie and seeing what’s next for him.

  9. Jacqui Odell says:

    This sounds like a great movie!! I know my son would really love it.

  10. Heather Lawrence says:

    What a great opportunity!
    I have always been a huge fan of Paul Rudd so I am excited to see him in Ant man.
    Tons of great movies coming out !

  11. Anne - Mommy Has to Work says:

    I became a Marvel geek after the Avengers came out. I can’t wait to Ant Man

  12. Liz Mays says:

    He is so likable that he makes me want to see the movie. What a great choice for Ant Man.

  13. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I am so eager to see Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Everything I’ve seen him in has been comedic. The trailers seem amazing.

  14. jasmine says:

    How freaking cool! I’m a HUGE fan of Paul Rudd and I definitely want to see this!

  15. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    That is so cool that you got to go on set and watching the filming process! I also enjoy the Marvel films, so that makes it even cooler!

  16. Jeanine says:

    Oh how jealous I am. I love Paul Rudd. He is such a great actor. I loved him back in Clueless too! So awesome, this is great!

  17. Catherine S says:

    What a great interview. My son said something last night about wanting to see this movie when it comes out.

  18. Mitch says:

    I’m with you, comics are not my thing, but movies based on comics are awesome! And Paul is such a nice guy, I met him for one of his earlier movies. What a great opportunity to go on set, looks amazing!

  19. LyndaS says:

    Paul Rudd was in Hotlanta?! Oh my goodness – I am so jealous. I am looking forward to seeing this movie.

  20. Debra says:

    How fun is this! Looks amazing!

  21. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says:

    How cool is that?! You lucky gal you! I love Paul Rudd!

  22. Marcie W. says:

    I have found Paul Rudd sexy ever since seeing him in Clueless and the fact he is playing a superhero only adds to the hot factor. So much goes into the making of a movie!

  23. Ellen ThatChicMom says:

    That is an intense costume for sure! I do love Paul Rudd, he is a great actor.

  24. Pam says:

    Ant-Man looks like a cool movie. Paul Rudd sounds like a really cool guy.

  25. Debi says:

    We have been talking about seeing this movie. I love reading these behind the scene interviews. It makes the movie even more fun to see.

  26. Candy o says:

    Paul Rudd.. omg! What a hottie! I love his little co-star!

  27. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy says:

    How fun! I love his story about telling his son, lol.

  28. Kristi says:

    I have always enjoyed Paul Rudd as an actor so I cant wait for this movie to come out!

  29. Ronni says:

    I just adore him! I imagine this was an awesome time!

  30. Mellisa says:

    I just love Paul Rudd! I am heading to the AntManEvent tomorrow and can’t wait to meet him along with some other cast members.

  31. Natalie Z says:

    What a cool experience!I can’t wait to take my boys to see this!

  32. Melinda says:

    How cool, I bet you had a great time with him. My husband wants to see Ant Man and I really like Paul Rudd so I will probably go see the movie with my husband as well.

  33. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I am so excited to see this movie. I love Paul Rudd. This is a great interview.

  34. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says:

    Paul Rudd is so handsome! I am excited to see Ant Man! I bet it was amazing (and so surreal) to watch as some of the movie was being filmed.

  35. Marina says:

    He seems so down to earth. What a fun experience and I’m sure the kids will be thrilled to watch the movie just to hear you say you watched that scene play out live. Love it!

  36. I haven’t heard of Paul Rudd. But I am such a huge fan I will be sure to check it out.

  37. Karen says:

    How fun! and I could have been there too! I live outside of Atlanta. I have always liked Paul Rudd as an actor and would have loved to have met him.

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