Michael Douglas Talks about Why He Joined ANT-MAN; Says He’s “Been Dying to Do a Marvel Picture”

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Yesterday, we learned that Michael Douglas would star as Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man.  Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the character, that trio of talent should have you instantly hooked into this picture.  We knew Rudd had been in the mix for months, but the casting of Doulgas took the Internet by surprise, and now the Oscar-winning actor has commented on why he decided to take the big role of a tiny superhero.  Speaking to Reuters, Douglas said,

“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”

Hit the jump for more.  Ant-Man opens July 31, 2015.

Actors taking roles partially because they want to be able to take their kids to their movies is nothing new, and I’m sure Doulgas has earned some super dad points for being in Ant-Man.  Presumably, that’s also a reason why he’s been circling Marvel for so slong.  Douglas also gave Reuters another reason for taking the role:

“Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace – you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun.”

That’s been the arc of Douglas’ career.  He’s got a diverse filmography, and I’m excited to see how his take on Hank Pym will align with Wright and Joe Cornish‘s script.

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  • Chris Østergaard

    Michael Douglas is an incredible actor, and in the hands of Edgar Wright, something magical is bound to happen

  • Gom

    its funny how matt normally wouldn’t call it a “picture” but because Michael Douglas did, he did. everyone hates you.

    • Faptain America

      haha good observation.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    You know what I don’t hate this at all. I am just super curious how they will put this together is all! Should be epic.

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  • Colonel_Neville_Wraithchild

    it seems that marvel caught a new trend in hiring this amazing veteran actors for their films; first robert redford for the winter soldier, then glenn close for GOTG and now michael douglas as the first antman.

    Now that i think about it these actors are more like phase 2′s veteran cast; phase one’s includes jeff bridges, william hurt, anthony hopkins and tommy lee jones (and ben kingsley counting IM3); so now i get it, every marvel movie has at least one great veteran actor on it, like a trademark i guess.

    • diles1

      It worked for the Dark Knight Trilogy (Caine, Freeman, Neeson, Oldman). The more the merrier!

    • brNdon

      Don’t forget about Benicio in GoTG. He’s a top notch actor as well.

  • Jamesy

    I know very little about ant-man other than what I’ve heard through casting news etc, but this seems awesome!! Hopefully they don’t go the weird CGI route for a younger Douglas and cast an actor who looks at least reasonably like him. I’m thinking Shea Whigham for a younger Pym purely for his likeness to Douglas, and he’s an actor who’s not really had a huge breakout role but always shines in smaller roles.

    • brNdon

      Or Cameron Douglas…

      • Jamesy

        Unless he’s planning a prison break anytime soon, I doubt it. Anyway Shea Whigham looks more like the son of Douglas than the son of Douglas.

      • Jamesy

        Unless he’s planning a prison break anytime soon, I doubt it. Anyway Shea Whigham looks more like the son of Douglas than the son of Douglas.

  • Mattman

    “I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long.” Of course you have. I’m sure the big bag of money had nothing to do with it.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      And if there were any stunts, he might actually die being in it.

    • BADBOYBROM

      So his recent illness had nothing to do with eating pussy but because he wanted to wear a costume in a comic book movie?

    • BADBOYBROM

      So his recent illness had nothing to do with eating pussy but because he wanted to wear a costume in a comic book movie?

    • Jason Bowman

      Don’t Dis’ The Douglas! Just Kiding sir.

    • Jason Bowman

      Don’t Dis’ The Douglas! Just Kiding sir.

  • Juno Suk

    I like to circle my slong too.

  • Steve Abraira

    I hope Paul Rudd plows him up the ass as good as Matt Damon did.

    • doctor_robot

      really? you do?

      • Stylinred

        look at that smile in his avatar that says it all, he really really does

  • MCP

    Great to know. Favorites of his:

    Romancing the Stone
    Falling Down
    The Game

    Should be some fun then!

    • Crockett

      All three of these are very good films. Although Douglas has played many diverse roles convincingly, “Falling Down” is far afield from what one might reasonably expect (you could argue the same for Bruce Willis in “Death Becomes Her”).

  • Dmula

    This is great,and ofcourse he wants to be a part of marvel he wants that RDJ money

  • The Flobbit

    Awesome actor, but I’m still waiting for the day when he bites the dust, and Kirk establishes his reputation as hardest bastard in Hollywood. Seriously…the dude is 96!

    • Jason Bowman

      No the Douglas boys don’t die, they improvise.

      • The Flobbit

        Damn right.

      • The Flobbit

        Damn right.

    • Jason Bowman

      No the Douglas boys don’t die, they improvise.

    • Stylinred

      kirk looks like he’s 197 though not just 97

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