Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Actor and Writer Paul Rudd On The Humor Of The Charatcer


Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to 2015’s superhero film Ant-Man.  Paul Rudd starred in both movies as Scott Lang, an ex-con turned superhero.  Paul also helped write the scripts for both films.  He specifically worked on the humor for the characters.


At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the rest of the cast was asked about Paul’s writing.  Did he give them as many good lines as he gave himself?  Michael Douglas dryly said, “No, he gave himself more funny lines.  Let’s be honest.”  Evangeline Lilly came to Paul’s defense and stated, “His best lines in the movie are not in the script.”

Director Peyton Reed added, “Paul’s as generous a writer as he is an actor.  That’s a concern if someone’s writing.  Paul could easily say, I’m getting all the lines.  You’re not going to say this or do this.  But Paul always has the whole picture in mind when he’s writing and acting.  Is that correct, Paul?  Because that’s my perception.”

Paul responded, “I try and think of the film as a whole and it’s nice to, and I think of every character, but I will say this.  This has been a collaborative effort.  More than anything I’ve ever worked on. And to think that I actually wrote it would be, I think, a gross overstatement.”

“The truth of the matter is, Peyton was in the room [LAUGHS] — has been working on this for a long time.  Same with our producer, Stephen Broussard.  Same with Kevin [Feige].  But in particular, two writers, Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, who did really, I mean, a lot of the heavy lifting. And those guys are great. [APPLAUSE] I would tip my cap to them.”


Later, Paul was asked about Ant-Man being a regular guy.  As a parent, Scott Lang is a more grounded character than most of the Avengers.  Paul said, “Well, it’s true, this theme of parents and children run throughout the film.  Fathers and daughters.  And it’s something that’s relatable because whether or not we have children of our own. Many people do, we all have parents.  And the idea that I’m playing somebody that, like you said, doesn’t have innate super abilities is a way in.  I want it to be relatable.  I can relate to the character that way.”

“Certainly, when I’m thinking about it and we’re talking about story and script and everything; that’s the approach.  I have a daughter roughly the age of Cassie in the film; she’s a little bit younger.  And while I know for a fact she’s going to want me to build a slide after she sees [LAUGHTER] the film; which is really hard to do in a New York apartment [LAUGHTER] I know what it’s like to spend the evening playing with Barbie dolls and I know, like it’s just, it’s… That’s the glue.  That’s the soul of it.  And the love that a family shares and how we need each other.”

“You know, parents need their kids; kids need their parents.  And if we could somehow build a very funny movie, one that appeals to all ages that, you’re right, that families and kids could see but that actually still has all of the elements that it fits in the Marvel Universe. And all ages are going to be wowed by certain aspects of it.  That idea that I can identify myself in that, in that role was huge.” 

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018. Adeiny Hechavarria Womens Jersey

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