From Halloween to the hallowed hall of fame that’s being in a Marvel movie – GT meets Hollywood’s hottest hero Paul Rudd
At GT we like to think big. So naturally our first question to the leading man of Marvel’s *other* summer blockbuster, Ant-Man, is… Does size really matter?
Paul Rudd laughs – probably politely, as it’s surely not the first and definitely not the last time this question will pop up.
“Well, clearly,” he says cheekily, and we know the actor is in good spirits for our chat.
But as much as we’re established comic book nerds, this is the superhero movie that maybe people weren’t expecting… How big – no pun intended – was he on the mythology of the reformed thief-turned-good-guy with the power to shrink to the size of – you guessed it – an ant?
“Growing up I used to read comics a little bit, but I was never a real superhero kind of kid,” Paul admits. “Actually I was really into English comics, because my parents are British and my aunt and uncle, when they came to visit us once as a kid, my cousin brought a stack of Beano and Dandy, and he left them all with me and I loved them. So my relatives would send me those comics, I got really into those and then a little bit of Archie and Veronica, more of the kind of funny comics, I’d say, than the superhero stuff. Although I did have some of the superhero stuff.”
He’s joining an elite crew of actors in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – which of the others caught his eye growing up?
“Of the superhero ones, pretty standard ones. Hulk, I liked, Spider-Man… I had some weird ones. I remember once there was about five minutes there were I was like, ‘I’m going to try and get into comic book collecting,’ and I was finding characters that people didn’t know about, or weren’t standard. But I didn’t know about Ant-Man,” he laughs. “That one escaped me.”
Presumably he’s fully up to speed on Scott Lang and his heroic alterego since? “I am now!” he chuckles. And of course, in the film, he has the now obligatory Marvel shirtless scene, how did he get into shape for that?
“I kinda took the Chris Pratt approach, which was, cut out anything that’s really fun for about a year,” he laughs, “I didn’t drink and I didn’t eat french fries, I had a very strict regiment, as far as eating and what I was eating, and I was working out a lot with a trainer. I would do cardio work on my own and then I also worked with another guy, worked on gymnastics, tumbling, parkour training. Just that kind of stuff to get