Laurence Fishburne is a Hollywood icon. He has starred in films like The Color Purple, Boyz N the Hood, The Matrix, and dozens more. Laurence Fishburne is also a huge fan of comic books.
LAURENCE FISHBURNE IS NORRIN RADD
At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Laurence was asked if this was the first Marvel role offered to him. He responded, “It is not the first Marvel role to come my way. In fact, years and years ago, I ran into a guy named Tim Story who directed the movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. I said to him, I am Norrin Radd. And he said, who? I said, I am Norrin Radd and Norrin Radd is the guy who becomes the Silver Surfer and works for Galactus, and all that stuff.”
“So, I voiced the Silver Surfer in Rise of the Silver Surfer and then I’ve been a reader since I was eight and a fan, you know, my whole life. And really enjoyed the movies. And everything that they’ve done with MCU has been fantastic. Because what they’ve done is brilliantly braid the source material with and bring it on into the now. And so, it’s amazing.”
LAURENCE FISHBURNE GOES TO MARVEL
Laurence continued on how he got his role in Ant-Man and the Wasp. “So, I went, and I realized that I was on the lot with Marvel. Working at Blackish at ABC/Disney. And remembered that I had worked with Louis D’Esposito [Marvel Studio’s co-president] a hundred years ago. And I thought, I should go talk to them. Say, hey. What do I got to do? Like [LAUGHTER] who do I got to… to be in the movies and [LAUGHTER] and they were kind enough to…”
Evangeline Lilly, who plays the Wasp, broke in and said, “That answer is Peyton.” Laurence resumed his story, saying, “Peyton, Peyton. Well, they were kind enough to say, yeah, you know, we’ll think about that, Fish. So, a couple weeks later they were like, ah, you know about this guy? And oddly enough, it was a guy I didn’t know about.”
LAURENCE FISHBURNE IS BILL FOSTER
“Although I was a Marvel reader and a DC reader, but mostly Marvel, I did not know about Bill Foster. I knew about Hank Pym, because I think, and you’ll tell me if I’m right or wrong, but Ant-Man and Wasp became Avengers at some point. Did they not?” Director Peyton Reed answered, “Oh, yeah. They were right on the cover of Avengers Number One.”
Laurence continued, “So that’s why I knew about Hank Pym. And I knew about the Pym Particles and all of that. But I never got to Foster because I was never an Ant-Man reader. So, Peyton sat me down, it was like blah-blah-blah-blah [LAUGHTER]. And I was like, no, really? So, they were kind enough to allow me to join the family. And I’m just, I’m a kid in a candy store, man. Just having a good time. Yeah.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018.