Disney provided hotel and transportation for us to go down to LA and attend the Ant-Man and the Wasp Press Event, which included the press junket and the movie screening. During the Ant-Man and the Wasp Press Junket we interviewed almost all of the main characters, including Laurence Fishburne. That’s right you guys, the one and only Laurence Fishburne who has been acting in so many movies you have had to at least seen one of them. And if now, you have the chance to rectify that tomorrow when you go see Ant-Man and the Wasp (unless you are seeing it at an early showing tonight).
When Laurence Fishburne came into the room one of the first things he said was how impressed he was with us. He said he had never heard about the “mom bloggers” or our group as it is known and that we are quite impressive for all the we have accomplished. Be still my heart! If I wasn’t already a fan, I was at that moment. (I WAS ALREADY A FAN)
Heroes and Villains
So, in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Bill Foster. Bill Foster is a character that Laurence Fishburne wasn’t familiar with because even though he was an avid comic book reader, he never read Ant-Man. He read things like Spider Man, Fire Man, Thor, Hulk, Avengers and X-Men. He also read DC comic books, and has been in a DC movie but he really wanted to be part of the MCU universe and found the right person to get involved with. Louis D’Esposito met with Laurence on the Disney lot and they got on quite well because of their shared love of the comics.
We asked him a lot of questions about the future of certain Marvel characters and if we might see him again. Bill Foster has a complexity in the comics as he is also a character named Goliath. And of course we got the classic Marvel runaround.
Let me put it to you this way. I am not at liberty to speak on such an operation if in fact such an operation..
We did get a much bigger response when we asked him about his thoughts on the end credit scene, which you better stick around for when you go see Ant-Man And the Wasp because you might have a response much like his.
Of course that doesn’t give anything away, except for the fact that it is a must see end credit scene. He was also very excited to see how young Michelle Pfeifer and Michael Douglas looked.
I went, oh shit!!! Oh my god!!!
What about his character?
Is Bill Foster a bad guy or a good guy? Is he a family guy? One of the themes of the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp is all about the family dynamic and between so many different characters. Plus, you have to understand that the depth of a bad character is on so many different levels. Who is ghost and what does she need? Who is Bill, what is his connection to her? These are all things you are going to learn in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Here is something Laurence had to say about villains.
Heroes, villains, whatever it is, as long as you can make them human then it’s fun. You know, that’s- that’s like the objective as to whether it’s a hero or a villain you wanna humanize them and allow the audience to have the experience of, you know, well yeah, maybe I don’t like what he’s doing or maybe I don’t like what she’s doing, but there’s something in them that reminds me of me.
Here is something he said about the family theme
Bill is a- is a surrogate father, or a foster father to Ava. So that was nice. ‘Cause it gave me something, you know, human to play. I mean it’s one of the best things about the Ant Man character as Paul Rudd plays it, is that, you know, his primary relationship, his most important relationship is with his daughter. And it’s executed, I think, brilliantly in both movies.
As a comic book lover, we wanted to know if there was a comic book character that he thought deserved their own movie. He would love to see more obscure characters get their day, and that one of them is about to. Laurence Fishburne is excited about Captain Marvel and that role reversal, she is a woman instead of a man.
Listening to Laurence Fishburne talk was something I never thought I was going to get to do. He is such a strong actor and has done pretty much everything. He would love to do a prequel movie with Michael Douglas if that was every in the cards. Because of technology, he could do it, although he did say he didn’t like his younger self as much as he did Michael and Michelle’s. You have the opportunity to be the judge of that tonight or tomorrow or anytime after. SO go see it before someone spoils the ending of this movie and those credit scenes that MUST BE SEEN.
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