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Bobby Cannavale says Ant-Man humor similar to GOTG plus details on his role

03.02.2015

Ant-Man Peyton Reed Bobby Cannavale Paul Rudd Michael Douglas

I think it's safe to say many people aren't sure what to expect from Marvel's ANT-MAN. The first trailer wasn't that impressive, and some still aren't happy director Edgar Wright left the project. I'm cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Marvel film, however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little worried about the movie.

But Bobby Cannavale says he enjoyed filming ANT-MAN with stars Paul Rudd and Judy Greer during a recent interview with Nuke the Fridge, and the CHEF and Third Watch actor also compared the film to Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

It’s pretty funny. I think so. I haven’t seen anything but it felt funny. It’s Paul, so I think they’re not hiring Paul Rudd to be The Winter Soldier. It’s going to have a sense of levity to it, like Guardians. Guardians is a blue chips superhero movie but it’s a pretty funny film. They just got the right people. When I looked around and saw who I was surrounded by, Corey Stoll, actors I’ve seen for years in little movies that I really liked, it just felt like I belong here.

That was a really cool experience because as big as that movie is, and as really as big a production as that was, the actual work in the scenes were really fun. It felt like we were on an indie film. Rudd’s one of my oldest friends so most of our scenes are together, me and Paul and Judy Greer. Both those actors are really good improvisors. Adam McKay and Paul did a big rewrite on that script, so the scenes themselves felt like an indie film. It really felt like a comedy that we were doing. I think that probably happened because Guardians of the Galaxy was such a success. So it didn’t feel like I was working on a really serious superhero movie. It didn’t feel like Thor or something.

We don't know a lot about Bobby Cannavale's ANT-MAN role besides the character's name (Paxton), and according to the actor he hasn't appeared in any of the Marvel comics.

He’s a new character. I mean, the whole story is pretty new because the origin story of Hank Pym, who’s the original Ant-Man, that’s Michael Douglas’s character. Paul’s character is a protege. The whole story is really new. At least I think that’s true because nobody ever came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you need to dye your hair red’ or something.

Cannavale also talked about his blue screen work for ANT-MAN.

Then of course you have those big scenes. I spend so much time in front of a blue screen and that was just a trip for me. I’m not used to that kind of thing, but it was a really good combination of bringing a real off the cuff sensibility to a big huge action movie that was really fun.

I just don't know how people are going to respond to ANT-MAN, and how it will perform at the box office. Marvel's Cinematic Universe won't come to a screeching halt if the film bombs, but it would kind of suck for the studio if it underperformed, especially with hit hitting theaters after AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. What are your thoughts on ANT-MAN's box office potential?

ANT-MAN opens on July 17, 2015.

Source: Nuke the Fridge

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