Michael Douglas popped up at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend to help promote the premiere of his new suspense thriller “The Reach”.
During the event he sat down with MTV to talk briefly about Marvel’s “Ant-Man” which began production last month. First up, he revealed that he will NOT be donning the special suit that allows his character to shrink down to an ant’s size – that will be saved for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang:
“Paul Rudd is ripped. He’s been training and working out for this picture for a long time. He was so cut, that they had to soften his costume up, with all the built-in six-packs and all of that. My costume will be hung up and Paul will be wearing it in good form.”
The project marks Douglas’ first real effort in the superhero genre, and his first big visual effects film. That’s a stark contrast to the very grounded ‘The Reach’, and Douglas admits when first getting the “Ant-Man” scribe he had difficulty grasping it:
“No, I couldn’t relate to it on any level. They have this different way of working, but Marvel obviously has this incredible track record. They kind of… everything sticks to the wall, you know. It’s a broad canvas, and they can afford to, and they kind of hone it down. And it’s this effects world, and I’ve never done any effects movies.
One of the challenges of The Reach is how do you do a thriller, in bright daylight, with no special effects, in this day and age, and still keep an audience’s attention? It seemed to have worked, whereas Ant-Man is going to be… I can’t get into a whole lot of detail, but clearly there’s going to be a lot of stuff revolving around the size of an ant’s perspective.”
“Ant-Man” is continuing production ahead of its release next July.