What does it take to be a bad guy in a Marvel movie? It takes someone that looks like they could be a good guy. They are strong, funny and repulsive but that’s because someone has to be the bad guy right? In the new Marvel movie Ant-Man the bad guy is Corey Stoll the guy that felt he wasn’t supported appropriately. Well in real life he’s a funny guy with a lot of charm. I had the opportunity to interview him a few weeks ago and he even entered the room with so much energy that I knew it was going to be a great interview.
Here are a few pieces of the interview:
Tell Us About Being a Bad Guy:
Corey: It really wasn’t, it was not hard at all. My first day of shooting was sort of a microcosm of what the whole shoot would be where in the Morning was all, um, Motion Capture, totally abstract, just stunts and you know, it was like being in a Silent Film where you run this way and then duck and then pick up a toy train and throw it, um, and it was just, you know, pure play. Um, and so that was – that was really fun and then the Afternoon was a very quiet scene with Michael Douglas where I show up at his house unannounced and it’s our really most sort of intense scene.
And uh, it was just such a great way to start because there are these two extremes of what this role would be. And yeah, it was just fun. I think as we went on, there was a lot of, you know, with Peyton trying to calibrate. I want to make sure this Character is scary but I also love how, what a Loser he was. So and – and he has this incredible, you know, he’s – he’s the least cool guy in the World. He wants to be Tony Stark. He wants to be the coolest guy in the world.
He’s puffing himself up with these Tom Ford Suits and driving an Aston Martin.. Um, and so he puffs himself up. Uh, but he doesn’t really… He knows that he’s not that guy. And um, and yeah, that’s the irony, he’s trying to buff himself up in the end to impress this Father figure and it’s exactly the opposite of what a Father figure wants. Um, so I mean I think the script was – was really smart about giving very real, playable motivations.
Q : Were you always a Comic Book Fan?
Corey : Yeah, you also have, in Junior High School and High School, I was really into Comic Books starting with the real Super Hero Marvel Comic Books and then getting into some sort of darker stuff but um, yeah, I mean Spiderman, X-Men, and all that stuff.
Q : Who’s your favorite?
Corey: You know, he really bounced around but I would definitely say this about Spiderman. He was just the guy that I think that as a High School Student that you could identify with the most. Um, and just, then also just the New Yorkness. You know, I never really, you know, I liked Batman and I mean, and Superman but they were all in these sort of fictional Cities and uh, Spiderman was New York. You know, as a kid from Queens, the idea, you know, that fantasy of being able to swing through the – the buildings that I see every day was really cool.
Q : Talk about the suit.
Corey : No, we try to, I did two separate trips down to Atlanta just to try on different versions of the — of the suit and it just never looked right. And I remember the first time I tried it on, everybody was trying to convince themselves that it looked cool. Yeah, yeah, it’s gonna be great, just a little CGI over there and you know, it looked great. And I was, I just felt like a Power Ranger. So and luckily, you know, smarter heads prevailed and they just did it off CGI.
Tell us a bit about a scene you thought was more difficult.
Corey : Well the big sort of climax scene in the — in the Feature’s Vaults, uh, where I have sort of lured Hank Penn and Hope in order to deliver my big Villain Monologue and all that. I mean, I would say it was several days, maybe 3 days shooting that scene. It was an — it was an endurance feat because there were so many people in that scene. Uh, you know, we really felt like we were sort of trapped in that room for a long time. Um, but it was — it was just — it was just really fun to have that license to just be that big sort of Bond Villain, you know, just for it.
ANT-MAN COMES TO THEATERS JULY 17
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