Paul Rudd Talks ‘Ant-Man’: “The Marvel world wasn’t anything I thought about seriously”

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

“I don’t have an agenda where I do a comedy and say, ‘I have to do a drama next,’ or ‘I am looking for an action movie now.” –

 

Paul Rudd sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the fan-favorite superhero . Rudd, who is best known for playing likable guys in such rom-coms as This Is 40 and I Love You, Man, is taking on the pint-size superhero’s shoes.  The film cost $130 million to make which is a bit meek compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron’s budget of $279.9 million.

“What’s different about it is that it’s a character who’s joining a universe that exists throughout several movies, and that’s like nothing I’ve ever done,” says Rudd.

Rudd is known for his comedic performances, but he did not expect to be in a film.  “I don’t have an agenda where I do a comedy and say, ‘I have to do a drama next,’ or ‘I am looking for an action movie now,’” says Rudd.  “The world wasn’t anything I thought about seriously because I guess I never imagined I’d get hired.”  Rudd’s frequent collaborator , has had him portray dad roles in the past.  To get him that ‘dad bod,’ he would send Rudd food to help speed the process along.  For Ant-Man, he had to have the opposite mentality.  “Besides just working out with a trainer and weights, I also worked with a gymnast. I knew I was going to have to do rolls and flips and things like that. I just wanted to be as convincing as possible.”

Ant-Man hits theaters July 17.

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