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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.

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12:02AM on 03/03/2015
I'm willing to give the movie a chance simply because of Paul Rudd & the fact it's part of the MCU, if it was any other studio, I would have more doubt. Can't really say I am a big Ant-Man fan anyway, but who know the movie may surprise people, many had doubts about Guardians & that turned out great.
I'm willing to give the movie a chance simply because of Paul Rudd & the fact it's part of the MCU, if it was any other studio, I would have more doubt. Can't really say I am a big Ant-Man fan anyway, but who know the movie may surprise people, many had doubts about Guardians & that turned out great.
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4:26PM on 03/02/2015
Antman is probably my least favorite Marvel character. I am going to be there for this though, but I do expect this movie to not do "well". It won't be a bomb by normal standards, the Marvel name of the poster and commercials guarantees a big opening weekend. People will go see things with the Marvel name even if they have never heard of the characters as GOTG proved. But there is something about everything I've seen and heard about this movies that just feels off to me. I can't explain it. I
Antman is probably my least favorite Marvel character. I am going to be there for this though, but I do expect this movie to not do "well". It won't be a bomb by normal standards, the Marvel name of the poster and commercials guarantees a big opening weekend. People will go see things with the Marvel name even if they have never heard of the characters as GOTG proved. But there is something about everything I've seen and heard about this movies that just feels off to me. I can't explain it. I think it will open bi and drop off big. I might be wrong but I don't think this one will have the staying power of GOTG TWS or an Avengers film.
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2:31PM on 03/02/2015
The GOTG comparison seems weak at best..and not exactly inspiring confidence. I have faith Marvel can deliver, but this guy doesn't really know what he's saying..seems to just be along for the ride.
The GOTG comparison seems weak at best..and not exactly inspiring confidence. I have faith Marvel can deliver, but this guy doesn't really know what he's saying..seems to just be along for the ride.
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12:43PM on 03/02/2015
Did anyone else think this interview was weird? It sounds like it might've been translated from another language. He's good friends with Paul so he has most his scenes with him? Does he mean his character?
Did anyone else think this interview was weird? It sounds like it might've been translated from another language. He's good friends with Paul so he has most his scenes with him? Does he mean his character?
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11:35AM on 03/02/2015
Ban me if you want but it's very rare that any of this site's articles have much of a true opinion. This article more or less says Ant-Man doesn't have a lot going for it which is what everybody else says. Why not share something different? We're all fanboys here so we hear about all the inside drama and behind-the-scenes stuff going on in movies. But the truth is that when the movie opens most people aren't going to care that Edgar Wright left the production a year earlier or there were
Ban me if you want but it's very rare that any of this site's articles have much of a true opinion. This article more or less says Ant-Man doesn't have a lot going for it which is what everybody else says. Why not share something different? We're all fanboys here so we hear about all the inside drama and behind-the-scenes stuff going on in movies. But the truth is that when the movie opens most people aren't going to care that Edgar Wright left the production a year earlier or there were re-writes. They're just going to want to see the movie.

Marvel has a built-in fanbase along with people who just have an interest in what this new Ant-Man film has to offer. It will easily surpass $100 million.
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10:41AM on 03/02/2015
I'm confident this will work. Like Iron Man, nobody thought Jon Favreau could make Iron Man movie and it turned out to be the biggest Marvel movie yet at the time. Peyton Reed's filmography maybe loads of romantic comedies but who knows? He might be able to direct big budget action movie. Fingers crossed.
I'm confident this will work. Like Iron Man, nobody thought Jon Favreau could make Iron Man movie and it turned out to be the biggest Marvel movie yet at the time. Peyton Reed's filmography maybe loads of romantic comedies but who knows? He might be able to direct big budget action movie. Fingers crossed.
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12:39PM on 03/02/2015
Iron Man was like the 2nd movie of the MCU, wasn't it? Or no, it was the first bc he had a cameo in Hulk. So "biggest Marvel movie yet" was actually only Marvel movie. But, I don't remember a lot of ppl doubting Favreau. He's a pretty solid director and had done some strong films at that time. And if you ever saw his dinner table "talk show," he usually seemed to know what he was talking about. I'm also a huge fan of Made and a fan of Elf.
Iron Man was like the 2nd movie of the MCU, wasn't it? Or no, it was the first bc he had a cameo in Hulk. So "biggest Marvel movie yet" was actually only Marvel movie. But, I don't remember a lot of ppl doubting Favreau. He's a pretty solid director and had done some strong films at that time. And if you ever saw his dinner table "talk show," he usually seemed to know what he was talking about. I'm also a huge fan of Made and a fan of Elf.
1:01PM on 03/02/2015
He meant Marvel movie, not Marvel Studios movie (because IM was, indeed, the first MCU film).
Movies like Blade, Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil and Cie...
He meant Marvel movie, not Marvel Studios movie (because IM was, indeed, the first MCU film).
Movies like Blade, Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil and Cie...
6:46PM on 03/02/2015
Yeah, I meant the first MCU film. Sorry for the confusion.
Yeah, I meant the first MCU film. Sorry for the confusion.
9:29AM on 03/02/2015
Ah I dunno. I mean apart from perhaps Winter Soldier, all the Marvel movies have been kind of funny. Personally I've enjoyed their style (though I know some don't). As for him saying that it felt more like an indie film - one of the things I enjoyed about the trailer was that it felt smaller (no pun intended), more intimate. A bit more like the first Iron Man perhaps. Plus I love me some Douglas, Rudd and Lilly so I count myself as one of the optimistic few (despite the uninspiring
Ah I dunno. I mean apart from perhaps Winter Soldier, all the Marvel movies have been kind of funny. Personally I've enjoyed their style (though I know some don't). As for him saying that it felt more like an indie film - one of the things I enjoyed about the trailer was that it felt smaller (no pun intended), more intimate. A bit more like the first Iron Man perhaps. Plus I love me some Douglas, Rudd and Lilly so I count myself as one of the optimistic few (despite the uninspiring director).
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12:40PM on 03/02/2015
THOR? At least THOR 2?
THOR? At least THOR 2?
2:11PM on 03/02/2015
You mean as in they were funny?
You mean as in they were funny?
8:53AM on 03/02/2015
Really excited for this film, but his statements don't really give me too much confidence.
Really excited for this film, but his statements don't really give me too much confidence.
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