Paul Rudd Talks ANT-MAN Script at Comic-Con; Reveals He’s Been Working with Adam McKay ‘Every Day for Six Weeks’

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Over the past few months, Marvel’s production of Ant-Man has been in the news constantly, and not in a good way.  Fans were over the moon Edgar Wright was going to helm a Marvel movie that he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.  When Wright left the project over “creative differences,” most fans were angry with Marvel, and it’s the first time the company had to publicly deal with serious venom from the online community.  While Marvel has done their best by hiring Peyton Reed (a fellow geek who is dealing with the situation the best he can) and bringing in Adam McKay to help tweak the script, even if the movie is a home-run, fans are always going to wonder what might have been.

However, while I’ll always be upset we won’t see a Wright-helmed Ant-Man, I’m definitely curious what McKay is bringing to the script.  While many wondered if he just did a soft pass and tweaked some dialogue, Paul Rudd told me during a group interview at Comic-Con that he’s been working with McKay on the script “every day for six weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time on it.”  He went on to say “I love where we’re at.  It’s still the story that Edgar and Joe wrote and created and while we’re still polishing some things, I feel really good and excited about where we’re at.”  Hit the jump to watch the video interview with Rudd where he also talked about Michael Douglas, how they will shoot the Ant-Man sequences, what fans can expect with the dialogue, and more.

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Paul Rudd:

  • How he never ages.
  • :40 – With Ant-Man filming in a few weeks (starts August 18 in Atlanta) where are they at with the script and production?  Talks about status of script and how he’s been working every day with Adam McKay for six weeks.
  • 2:00 – Talks about being in the gym a lot for the role.
  • 2:20 – Talks about being excited to work with Michael Douglas.  Reveals he wasn’t familiar with any of his work.
  • 3:05 – Talks about how they will shoot the Ant-Man sequences.
  • 3:35 – Talks about the dialogue and what fans can expect.  Says it won’t be filthy.  It’s a Marvel movie.


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  • Jeremy Flores

    Even more intrigued about this project with Edgar gone; I’ll always wonder what his version will be regardless of the quality of this film. This could be a fascinating disaster or just a solid entry to the MCU. I’m obv hoping for the best since Rudd and Douglas are just great guys and the caper element in a superhero film mixed with the superpowers involved could be something special.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Yeah, even if the movie kinda blows, it’ll still be fun to have Paul Rudd in there for Avengers 3, and the sequel to Ant-man where they get it right.

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Not to mention the inevitable Ant-Man/Tinkerbell direct-to-DVD crossover from Disney Animation.

      • Lovecraftlives

        Man, give them a chance. This still could be good.

      • Kyle Chandler

        I’m totally going to give it a chance! I was just seeing the glass half-full if the movie DOES fall short, there is still something to look forward to.

        As an example, I wasn’t a huge fan of Cap 1 (LOVED the first half of the film, but after that there were too many montages, and redskull was a saturday morning cartoon villain. Cap 2 exploded my brain and might be my favorite marvel film so far.

      • Lovecraftlives

        Yes, Cap 1 wasn’t perfect, but I still love it. Early Marvel will always be the weakest, but it set the stage for Phase 2 which has been wonderful. Iron Man 3 was good, but I do know that it has some baggage that some fans where not as crazy about.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Yeah, even if the movie kinda blows, it’ll still be fun to have Paul Rudd in there for Avengers 3, and the sequel to Ant-man where they get it right.

  • Guest

    Is that the real poster? Rudd’s expression looks confused.

  • Strong Enough

    paul rudd for True Detective

  • eternalozzie

    I really hope they end up linking this character to the Avengers in the end … I am almost over the whole the whole Ant-man snuff for the Ultron story line … I am 7% less bitter at this point.

    • LEM

      I still feel like the after credits of Age of Ultron is going to have a Michael Douglas cameo.

    • LEM

      I still feel like the after credits of Age of Ultron is going to have a Michael Douglas cameo.

  • Kondorr

    Rudd has not seen Douglas’s work?!? WTF?

    • Pernell Whitaker

      He hasn’t seen any De Niro movies either.

      • Kondorr

        Maybe that is why all his movies are beyond bad…
        I still do not understand, how this guy got the gig…
        The guy has no wit, no charisma, no talent…

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Sorry bro, gotta say, I’m a Paul Rudd fan.

      • Kondorr

        No need to be sorry, I hope I did not offend you, but what is it exactly you like about that guy?
        I have seen some of his comedies and at most found only one that was actually funny… the rest was awkward and definitely not funny…
        I especially did not like the one with Michelle Pfeiffer…

      • Pernell Whitaker

        I like his deadpan humour. He’s funny, and a bit more subtle than most with his comedy. He’s a really interesting choice for Ant Man, and regardless of that I always enjoy him in comedies – Anchorman, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Role Models, Wanderlust were all funny and better for him being in them…

      • Jamesy

        Agreed, love his line delivery and thought he was great in Our Idiot Brother, if you’ve not seen it check it out. I thought Wanderlust was pretty awful but as always Rudd was great in it.

      • Jamesy

        Paul Rudd has no wit or charisma? You serious man? That’s your opinion, but jeezo a LOT of people would disagree, Rudd is the personification of wit and charm.

      • Kondorr

        Ok, I do not want to hate on his fans… I do not like him.

        But I do like Marvel movies, I will definitely go see Ant-Man, maybe he will change my mind in that movie… up until this I had no problems with Marvel casting, so I am quit sure, that they will be spot on this time too.

      • Kondorr

        Maybe that is why all his movies are beyond bad…
        I still do not understand, how this guy got the gig…
        The guy has no wit, no charisma, no talent…

    • Pernell Whitaker

      He hasn’t seen any De Niro movies either.

  • Kondorr

    Rudd has not seen Douglas’s work?!? WTF?

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  • TigerFIST

    It’s soooo hard to be excited about this project now. Especially since they’re two months behind.

  • bretthickman

    Jesus – he was obviously kidding about not seeing Michael Douglas’ work.

    • Jeremy Flores

      Plus, if you’re a real professional actor, it would be impossible to NOT see Douglas’ work.

  • jk

    I know this was Edgar Wright’s movie, but I’m optimistic they’ll pull this off without him. It won’t be an Edgar Wright movie, but I’m sure it will still be fun and entertaining…. BTW at EW.com, in their interview with the cast, Rudd, Douglas, and Reed mention that Rudd has worked out so much that he’s ruined several costumes in just rehearsal–so fuck off to the checkered-shirt guy who ask if Rudd had started working out.

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  • Varulv104

    Is it just me or was the camera man trying to check out that other reporter? … can’t blame him.

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