Bobby Cannavale says Ant-Man will place a big emphasis on comedy

Bobby Cannavale has been discussing his involvement in Ant-Man with Collider, revealing that he will be playing an entirely new character and that the film will place a big emphasis on comedy.

“He’s a new character,” confirms Cannavale. “I mean the whole story is pretty new because the origin story of Dr. Hank Pym who’s the original Ant-Man, that’s Michael Douglas’s character, and so Paul [Rudd]'s character is sort of a protégé. The whole story is really new so he’s a new character.”

He then goes on to talk about the film as a whole, explaining how the script left plenty of room for improvisation between its stars…

“That was a really cool experience, because as big as that movie is and 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 is one of my oldest friends. Most of our scenes are together, like me and Paul and Judy Greer.”

“And so, both those actors are really good improvisers. 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. And then, of course, you have those big scenes. I spent 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 really a good combination of bringing a real off-the-cuff sensibility to a big, huge action movie. That was really fun and I think that probably happened because Guardians Of The Galaxy was such a success. So it didn’t feel like I was working in a really serious superhero movie. It didn’t feel like Thor or something like that.”

Directed by Peyton Reed and co-starring Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena, Ant-Man will open in the UK and US on 17 July 2015.

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