One of the actors in Marvel’s upcoming Summer film “Ant-Man” is “Boardwalk Empire” alum Bobby Cannavale in the role of Paxton, the current husband of the ex-wife (Judy Greer) of Paul Rudd’s leading man character Scott Lang.
In a new interview with CBR, the actor revealed that he found the actual film shoot baffling. It seems he’s involved in a lot of blue screen work which he found a bit confusing and frustrating. Yet he appeared to have great fun when he was interacting with the other actors:
“It was a trip!. I’ve never been in anything like that before. There’s a ton of people on this crew. it was just huge! And there’s blue screen everywhere. I remember one time we were shooting at nights for three weeks. I hadn’t seen anything behind me that wasn’t a blue screen for three nights in a row.
I remember one night at four in the morning being frustrated and just saying, ‘If it’s going to be blue screen all the time, why can’t you just make it be night? Why do we actually have to be here at night?’ That part of it was baffling to me.
The actual work, the scenes with me and Paul Rudd, and Judy Greer and Michael Pena, felt like an indie film. It felt like fun. Peyton Reed [and the studio], they weren’t mercurial about the script. They weren’t mercurial about the humor, at all. They let us be in charge of that. We improvised a lot. Judy Greer’s very funny. Paul’s very funny, he’s a great improviser.
The rewrite of the script that Paul did with McKay, and I’ve worked with McKay before, lent itself to that. You could see that there’s a funny scene and we could actually riff off of that, and that felt impressive to me in this big huge blockbuster film. It made me feel kind of good, that it felt like Marvel was going for something different. It didn’t feel like Thor. It felt more like Guardians of the Galaxy, which I really enjoyed and I thought brought a certain levity to a superhero movie that I had never seen before.”
Cannavale also revealed he may try on the suit at some point to shrink himself:
“I literally wrapped with [Martin] Scorsese, I worked with Scorsese all summer on the rock and roll pilot, and it was literally the longest pilot ever. It was like a 38-day pilot, so we shot all summer. I literally wrapped with Marty at like one o’clock in the morning, an intense scene, this intense, dark scene, and wrapped with him, big hug. And then I got onto a plane in Atlanta for a blue screen test of me fighting with a 50-foot ant. And I wrote Marty right away, I was like, ‘This business is weird. I can’t believe I was just with you, and now I’m reacting to an ant I can’t see.'”
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” opens in cinemas on July 17th.