Ant-Man and The Wasp Interview with Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd. He’s charming, funny, handsome, and nice. Like really, really nice. He looks at you when answering your question. He is grateful for what he does, and he is kind to the people around him. In this Ant-Man and The Wasp Interview with Paul Rudd, you will catch his light-heartedness, genuine answers that only makes the already likable actor that much more, well, likable. We met up with “Scott Lang” while on the set and he gave us all he could without spoilers on taking on adding The Wasp to the mix.


Ant-Man and The Wasp Interview with Paul Rudd

Coming into the interview with his boyish grin and full of really great energy, Paul sat down and we dove right in asking about going from the first Ant-Man to Civil War and how his character has evolved.

Well, since we start this movie and Civil War’s already happened, so the results that didn’t go unnoticed, and as a result, I have been put under house arrest, so I’m just kind of living in my house. And Hank and Hope are kind of the run because my being there alerted the authorities to their presence.

We’re not really on speaking terms. Also, I want to start this business with Michael Pena’s character, Luis, ex-con security (laughing) and go the straight and narrow and just be a father. That’s my primary concern. The movie starts with only a couple of days left on my punishment, and I don’t really think that this superhero business is for me, and it just gets in the way of what I want to do.

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP | Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)  | Photo: Film Frame |©Marvel Studios 2018

Does that change in the movie?

Well, funny you should ask (laughing), because I’m kind of brought back into it, against my will a little bit. Yeah, I mean, there’s a job at hand that I am playing a significant part in, and even if I don’t really want to be.

What is Scott Langs biggest challenge?

Well, you know, the main thing certainly for this character is that he wants to be a good parent, you know? And he has a daughter that he wants to be there for, and it’s very hard to have this kind of job and feel as if you’re being a good parent, being responsible.

And so, I think Scott is the kind of character that might be at odds with, not just his daughter, but other people that he cares about, and doing what’s good, being heroic, and finding his place in the world while simultaneously being a responsible parent. I think that’s something that a lot of actual parents, whether their job is a superhero or any job, to try and contribute in some way as a person to the good of the world, and while simultaneously being there for your family and your kids. And it just happens that this is a very specifically strange job.

Sounds like she wants to be like her dad.

She, you know, yeah, she seems like that’s what she wants to do. She wants to help.

Could you tell me about the changes made to the costume?

Yeah, they made changes. I mean it’s updated a little bit more. The first Ant-Man, the costume was supposed to look as if it was built in the 80s, and so it was a little scuffed up, it had some analog quality to it. They changed it for Civil War, but now it’s changed (again). I think a mix of those two suits, and so there is a lot of comparisons to the first one, but it’s more of an updated version.

Photo: Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018

What is it like when you are dressed in the Ant-Man suit?

Well I mean, you feel like a superhero. (Laughing) They’re very flattering.

Is it hard to breathe?

Yeah, it gets a little – they aren’t the most comfortable things in the world.

You look good.

Recently, I met Dave Batista, he’s a big guy, and he was very nice. I never met him, but he asked me, “How is that suit? It must not be very comfortable.” And I thought, I don’t think I’m going to complain about my suit to you, who clearly has to sit in the makeup chair for hours on end, you know? (laughter) And he has a whole process of him getting all that stuff off, so I said well, the suit’s fine. It’s pretty good.

Photo by Jame Gunn via his Instagram.

I’d put money that the conversation he is referring to happened on this day.

Do you stick to the script or do you make changes?

It depends whoever you’re working with. Some people like to do it that way, some others don’t. I’ll say; lately, we’ll sometimes veer from it a little bit, but always on point with what the scene is about.

Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
L to R: Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)
Photo: Film Frame
©Marvel Studios 2018

I don’t know. I do like to work that way where sometimes you go into a scene, and it’s like, I really don’t know what we’re going to say here. And sometimes that can yield something good, and a lot of times it just seems like a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re going to say.

For 40-Year-Old-Virgin, did you come up with the Kelly Clarkson line for Steve Carrel?

I really think Kelly Clarkson might have been Seth Rogen, who came up with that line. We all yell things out, and we’re all coming up with other things. But yeah, I think Kelly Clarkson might have been Seth, or it might have been Steve. It wasn’t me. I know this because I thought that was the funniest joke. I wish I had written it. (laughing).

Is there anything in Ant-Man that you’ve thrown in?

I don’t know, I mean, it’s weird. You never know whether or not it’ll be used. I’ve certainly done that in the past, where I made jokes or thrown things in, and then all of a sudden, you hear people say it out in the world. And that’s strange. Or see it printed on items that you can buy. What? So that’s an all-powerful feeling. But I don’t know if Ant-Man will have any of those.

Are these the only real visuals that you have? (The room had sketches of what the sets will be in the film)

No, there are some visuals. There are visuals like these sets, these labs. I mean we shot in a lab that looked (real) This is really to me that most amazing thing, ex-con security, like we’re in these locations and they’ll build these locations and they look exactly like these pictures. It’s crazy, the talent that the set designers, builders, and artists have. So that kind of thing is cool. It’s like, look, we’re working in this lab, and there are interesting things about the lab, too, where it’s like some things are being blown up, so you see, you know, something like a safety pin, but it’s like that big. (Arms stretched)

Giant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)
Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

But a lot of times, certainly with things with ants or other effects, I don’t have an idea, and it isn’t until we see the movie. I mean when I saw the first Ant-Man, you know, I had an idea of what it would look like. But it was so much bigger and better than what I even imagined. We’re also using macro photography in this, which we did in the first one, too. Which is a really cool thing because you would think that a lot of these close up shots are just computer generated, and they’re not.


You know, there’s a scene in the first one where I’m on these ants, and I’m going through a pipe on this water. Like, that was really shot in a pipe with water. They just put me in it, and so, a lot of these things that I imagined, I won’t see until the movie comes out. I see what this macro photography looks like.

It’s like having everybody in the world being part of your imagination. Do you ever feel ridiculous?

All the time. I’m a grown man riding around on an ant. [LAUGHTER]. Yeah, it’s all silly, and it’s great, and it’s a lot of fun, but yeah, there are certain times. Also in the fighting scenes, too.

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

When you see an ant pile, do you step on it?

No, I really have a total new-found respect for ants. I don’t mess with –

Do you have to do research? Did you have to learn every single species?

Some. But there are a lot of ants. I learned a lot of them.


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* I was invited by Disney to attend this Marvel secret set visit to share with my readers. All opinions are my own.

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