Disclosure: This interview was part of the Disney press junket for bloggers. Walt Disney Motion Pictures covered my travel, accommodations and activities. All opinions are my own.
I recently participated in a MARVEL-ous press trip to Los Angeles with a great group of bloggers. Disney and Marvel had invited me out for the press junket for the new Marvel flick, ANT-MAN. On the first night of the junket, we got a sneak preview of the film and a few days later, met the cast and crew. After seeing the movie, I was very excited about meeting stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. They did NOT disappoint. They were so funny and so excited to meet a room full of bloggers. Some of the moments were absolutely PRICELESS. Here’s my top 5 (in no particular order):
“I also knew that there was this relationship that Scott Lang had with his daughter and that there was the relationship that Michael Douglas has with his daughter and that this whole thing with parents and children, that that was going to be really the thrust of the film. And that’s relate-able and empathetic and something that you can hang the whole thing on. And that’s pretty dramatic.”
This was Paul Rudd talking about overall themes in the film. He plays Scott Lang aka ANT-MAN. Michael Douglas plays the father of his love interest, played by Evangeline Lilly. The father/daughter theme is actually quite endearing.
“What I think is important is that woman, first of all be a woman and not a girl, and that she also have all the dimensions that a male character who can kick ass would also have. And I think a lot of the times what happens mistakenly in men’s very, very meaningful attempts to make strong women is they make them strong in the way that they relate to, which is wrong….I think that female strength, has many more dimensions than that and I think that a lot of our strength comes from our women’s vulnerability, our compassion, our maternal instincts, and I don’t think that those things should ever be labeled as weaknesses.”
This was one of the few very serious moments in the interview–Evangeline Lilly talking about Girl Power. She spoke this with such conviction that I actually wanted to jump up and hug her when she was done. I like this chick.
“I have a Brian Fantana bobblehead.”
This was Paul Rudd’s response to being asked if he’s ever had an action figure of himself. Of course, Brian Fantana was Paul’s character in the film, Anchorman. I was not quite sure if he were being serious or mischievous. And the room erupted in giggles. You HAD to be there!
“It wasn’t until I was working with him and witnessing the sort of magic that is the legend of Michael Douglas and what he brings to a film set and how he performs and what he does to the energy in the room when he performs that made me suddenly sit up and take notice..’Oh my God. I’d better bring it. I’m working with Michael Douglas and he’s a living legend’…”
This was Evangeline speaking on her most memorable moment of the film making process. I could totally identify with it, as I would be shaking in my boots at the mere thought of doing a scene with Mike Douglas.
“But I remember uh the first time walking onto the set in the (ANT-MAN) suit. And, the first time I ever put it on at a fitting was thrilling. And I felt like I was 10 years old. Every single time after that, it was whoa, I can’t believe this is so cool.”
Paul’s answer to the same question.
Over the next week, I’ll share more of my interviews with the cast/crew from the #AntmanEvent AND my review of the film. Stay tuned!