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
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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