Ant-Man is out this week and the ensemble of the film sat down to talk to press about their experience working on the tiniest of Marvel films with a lot of heart. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas gave insight to the love they put into the film with high hopes.
To Paul what was it about the character of Scott Lang and the opportunity afforded to you through this film that excited you?
PAUL RUDD: Well, there was a lot, but you know, the first thing was that it was
EVANGELINE LILLY: Me.
PAUL RUDD: Evangeline (LAUGHTER) it is different than any–
EVANGELINE LILLY: Mainly me.
PAUL RUDD: And it’s a Marvel movie, come on. 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, and I enjoyed the fact that when I was cast people went, ‘Huh, really?’ that you wouldn’t necessarily think that, and I think that Marvel likes to do that and I was thrilled to have the opportunity.
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN: Did you enjoy being ripped?
PAUL RUDD: I enjoyed being able to do shoulder rolls and kind of flips for the first time.
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN: ‘Cause there’s one shot where you like you thoroughly enjoyed being ripped.
PAUL RUDD: I was very self-conscious during that day of shooting.
MICHAEL PENA: Like overly self-conscious.
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN: I remember what you had for lunch that day we shot your abs. You had one almond.
PAUL RUDD: And I felt so bloated.
Paul, your 9 year old thought that you weren’t that cool when you said that you’re going to play Ant-Man. Has he seen it yet and has that been redeemed?
PAUL RUDD: There was nothing to redeem. The one thing I was – ‘cause I have been asked about this, my kid more than anything likes to make me laugh,so when I told him that, even at 9 years old, he has such a funny sense of humor, that’s what he said, but this is the first time, 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, the Ant-Man event that’s there, and we went there and I was sitting next to him, and to see like as a parent the look on my kid’s face when he’s watching this – and I’ll never forget, it’s like 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!” And he’s so excited and like I’ve never experienced that, and so it’s so cool to be able to share this with my own family, and especially my son
Evangeline, do you feel you’re speaking for all womankind getting their super moment in a very special scene of the film?
EVANGELINE LILLY: The fact that Marvel are really, really taking female characters very seriously and looking at their lineup you can see that they have great intentions. And 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, because 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. And you know, 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 idolizes 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.
The film is thoroughly enjoyable and really funny. Michael Pena, you had a lot to do with it, you were hilarious. Was all that on the page or did you bring it?
EVANGELINE LILLY: None of that was on the page.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS: He never saw a page.
EVANGELINE LILLY: He wouldn’t shut up.
MICHAEL PENA: Yeah, I basically wouldn’t shut up. You know, Peyton and Paul, they were fantastic. No, literally, the first day of shooting I was like scared out of my pants,‘cause I’m like, you know, I’d been reading Marvel comics, like, you know, like there’s a thing with Marvel like where they do, like, you know, for like there’s a one stage, you know, for my kid that was one years old, and then all of a sudden like it gets more sophisticated as time goes on. And so my son is like, “Don’t mess this up there, Da.” And so I was like thoroughly really nervous ‘cause like I want to be the cool dad, but like it was really loose on set and it was actually like, you know, ‘cause I was a nervous wreck,and Paul, he’s like, “You know, just do what you want, man. Let’s do things. Let’s do things. Let’s explore and let’s have fun.” And like, and after the first week, it got to be a lot of fun so like when it’s too much fun you don’t know what kind of movie it was. Thank God, you know, Peyton, you did all right
For Evangeline, it’s pretty clear in watching the movie that Hope stands out as by far the biggest bad-ass in the entire film ,so in having an opportunity to play a character where you’re never sitting in distress waiting to be saved by someone else, can you talk about actually getting to play someone who’s a full-on superhero, even without a costume already, and the example that kind of sets for the girls who are watching the movie looking for someone else to relate to?
EVANGELINE LILLY: That was the most exciting thing for me about the role, and you know, of course while we were filming during post-production there was a lot of buzz on the internet – is Evangeline playing the Wasp, and is she a superhero, and I had a lot of questions directed my way about that. And I just couldn’t have felt more comfortable or more happy saying, actually, she is just a really capable, very powerful force to be reckoned with and she doesn’t have a superpower and she doesn’t put on a fancy suit,and look dorky in it. And my super-suit was my power suit that I would go to work in and be a high level scientist and you know, on the chair of the board of a very, very powerful corporation, and I do think that’s a fantastic example for young women. And Marvel are actually doing this incredible campaign right now where they’ve put out a competition to young women in America to create scientific gadget projects and they’re promoting the maths and sciences for young women and young girls, and they’ve put a lot of heart and love into that and they did it a couple years ago also, or last year, was it? And I was happy to be the face for that campaign. You know, playing the role of female scientist in a world where mostly scientists are men is a great role to play.
Ant-Man Opens Friday!