Back in November had the most amazing experience, I was invited to visit the Marvel movie set for Ant-man. Now this is a big deal and let me tell you why. No one gets to know the location, it’s locked down tight. We got in our shuttle to what’s called base camp. Then there we had to get out of that shuttle and get in the shuttle driven by someone that knows the set location. Then we arrived at a residential area where they were filming a scene with Paul Rudd.
It was freezing cold that day which made waiting on interviews feel like forever, however we were able to watch the filming on a screen they had in a tent with portable heaters. Paul Rudd finally had a few minutes to spare in between takes and graciously gave us some of that time for our interview. He was even impressed with us for waiting out in the cold. He was really a great guy to talk with and watch on the screen. He had been working for about two weeks straight and was tired, but this guy still had really great energy on and off set. In between takes he was joking and laughing with his co-stars. Sometimes he would even stop and sing silly songs. The most adorable part of watching him, was when he was with Abby Ryder Fortson who plays his daughter in the movie. He was so sweet with her and caring. He would just be silly but also ask her if she needed anything.
So here are a few things I learned during our chat.
How does it feel to be a part of Marvel and being a superhero?
PAUL RUDD : It’s fun! Yeah. It’s a totally different kind of experience for me. I’ve just kind of given into it. Yeah. And gone on this wild ride and, it has been one so far. But it’s been great.
What did your friends and family think?
They seemed pretty excited. I, I guess. I mean, it’s for those that cared. My family was excited. You know, I’ve got a 10 year old son, and I was really excited to tell him that I was gonna be a superhero. He’s more into kind of sports and music, and it’s… The hero, the superhero stuff hasn’t really gotten him in. But I was excited at the idea that, you know, he’d get to see a movie that I did, ‘cause he’s never seen one, really. And, then when he said what is it called? Who you gonna play? And I said Ant-Man.
He just looked at me and said, what? Ant-Man? And he couldn’t quite wrap his brain around that one. It doesn’t have quite the same, you know, verve and panache as Iron Man. To a 10 year old, that kind of stuff makes a big difference.
What made you want to sign up to do a superhero part?
You know, when I first signed on, the director was Edgar Wright, uh, who also wrote the script with a guy named Joe Cornish, and, uh, Edgar’s a friend of mine. I was excited about working with Edgar, and it also seemed like, you know, just a different kind of thing, which, was interesting in and of itself, you know. I figured it would probably be funny. But then there were other elements like action and some drama and stuff like that I don’t think people normally associate with me.
What is it like wearing the suit?
It feels really cool, ‘cause it looks bad ass. Like, it’s a great, it’s a great suit.
He went on to talk about how it constricted some of his movement and how there was nothing he could do when he had an itch. And talked about how much time he spent in the amazing suit.
It varied. You know, sometimes it would just be a shot or two. Other times it was most of the day. You know, we shot inside a lot, and they were able to keep the sound stages a little cooler, which was good, ‘cause it didn’t breathe that well. But, 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. And it takes a few people to kind of get in and out of it. I had a small pit crew.
Did you have to have any training for the role?
I have been involved with this for about a year, and there’s been a lot of training. I did a lot of, gymnastics and mild hard core. I tried to get familiar with that. I’d never done that before. And then, uh, regular, just weight training and all that kind of stuff that is required for these kinds of parts.
While we were watching the performances by the actors on set I noticed that the lines were different almost every time. Was there a lot of Improv?
Uh, yeah. I mean, 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, uh, 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 kind of explore every avenue. And I like that. I like working like that, and, um, and sometimes it feels maybe like you’re going down a nowhere road. But I think so much of this stuff is shaped as you edit it, and, and, and you get into post, and, you know, we do what we… We do… We have a script and we, and we do the scenes as written, but then we’ll play around with it as well.
He was certainly worth the wait and Ant-man is going to be awesome. See Ant-man in theaters July 17th.