When I headed out to Atlanta on a top secret trip last November, I don’t think it quite hit me that I would be stepping foot onto the set of Ant-Man (hence “top secret”), you know…Marvel’s latest super hero movie set to hit the big screen on July 17th.
Needless to say, my comic book/super hero loving husband was completely jealous….and I don’t blame him. After all, it’s one thing to see Ant-Man on the big screen and it’s another to see them filming it. I knew an Ant-Man set visit would be cool and it literally was (It was freezing while we were there) but I had no clue what to expect.
It was so cold while we were on set that they actually moved the birthday party scene they were about to film indoors. Yep, at the last minute they had to move everything inside and make some last minute party decoration changes but they made it happen. What’s cool is that no one will ever know that it was originally intended to be an outdoor birthday party for his daughter (as pictured below).
While Paul Rudd (a.k.a. Ant-Man) and fellow cast mates filmed, we sat right outside under a tent huddled together (in chairs) by warmers they had plugged in, watching them film on a small TV while wearing headphones, so we could hear the audio. It was interesting to see the cast is so focused while filming but jokes, comments and laughter ensue when they aren’t filming. It was amazing to see first hand how much work goes into 1 scene, a small part of a much bigger story…Everyone, both actors and crew, working together to bring the story of Ant-Man to life.
It’s cold, we’re all bundled up but none of that matters as soon as Paul Rudd steps into the tent. Having loved Paul Rudd in the various comedies he’s done and then watching him as he filmed, I was super excited to chat with him. Of course, I expected him to be funny (well because he’s Paul Rudd) and he was, just in a more relaxed, natural way. He doesn’t need to be “on” to be funny.
Here’s what I learned about Paul Rudd and his role as Ant-Man during our chat:
- He thought being part of Marvel and being a superhero was fun and a totally different kind of experience for him.
- He isn’t a real big comic guy. He actually heard about Ant-Man years ago, from previous Ant-Man director, Edgar Wright.
- The Ant-Man suit was difficult to move in and it was sometimes hard to breathe in so they kept the indoor set temperatures cool for him.
- He did more training than research for this role. That training involved gymnastics & weight training.
- He’s excited at the idea that his 10 year old would get to see a movie he did, because he’s never seen one.
- While there was some improv in the movie, Marvel has an approach that involves trying various things. They want to explore every avenue and Paul Rudd really liked that.
- One of the things they really tried to focus on in this movie is parental relationships.
- He’s excited to finally see what everything looks like after editing.
And then, we were able to get a picture with Paul Rudd (Do you see how bundled up we were? I told you it was freezing!)
*Be sure to check back every day this week for my exclusive Ant-Man Set Visit Interviews!
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
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