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INSECT HERO Shakespeare to be shown in cinemas Movies which push new technologies
all together as actors there were units doing special effects, there were stunts and there are also people just doing ant point-of-views!
“Also I have a great appreciation for actors who work with green screen because there ain’t anything there! Talk about having to play make-believe...”
Superhero movies have never been Paul Rudd’s forte. But like so many before him he embraced the regimen of getting in shape and hit the gym with a vengeance.
“I didn’t do anything fun for a year!” he quips. “I ate no carbs! Or sugar! I basically made health and fitness the focus of my day. I didn’t drink any alcohol and I was miserable to be around. I liked it, actually. I found that that I enjoyed having the focus, I knew I was gonna have to be held accountable, so that made it a little easier.
“But I’d never done anything like that before – to that extreme – and having the majority of my day built around that was really kind of great.
“I woke up very early in the morning, I felt really good, had lots of energy, and it helped me also get into the mindset of this character. I figured if I’m in really good shape, I will feel like less of an imposter in the role.”
The fan response to AntMan has been huge. A sequel is inevitable. Or is it? Reed points out that Marvel’s comics always boasted subgenres.
“That’s one of the things that keeps the Marvel movies so interesting. Captain America: The Winter Soldier owes to sort of a 70s political thriller and Guardians Of The Galaxy is this crazy gonzo space opera. Our movie just happens to have the structure of a heist movie. Talk to [Marvel producer] Kevin Feige and he’ll say ‘We don’t make superhero movies. We make genre movies’ and I think it’s been a very smart thing.”
Paul Rudd’s response is intriguing.
“I’ve had thoughts of where it could go, things that might happen, but it’s so embryonic and I’ve had no conversations with anybody about it.” And as for ants... “I’m not trying to sound cute but last week I was standing by the sink and some ants started walking toward the coffee maker.
“Maybe in an earlier time I would have just given them a little flick. Now I absolutely let them do what they want to do.”
Ant-Man (12A) is on general release. AS part of stage shows screened at the cinema, The Royal Shakespeare Company presents The Merchant of Venice.
In Venice, trade is God and the city is a melting pot with ships coming to ply their trade and lots of profit made.
Although money is flowing and all seem happy, racial tension is boiling over and when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, the latter looks to make a deal sealed in blood.
The Merchant of Venice will be shown live in cinemas across the region on July 22, including the Workstation in Sheffield. WIDESCREEN weekend is back showcasing films which push the boundaries of technology.
The festival first started in 1993 and aims to celebrate the past, present and future through wide screen technology.
They will screen 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), also How The West Was Won – presented in a three projector screening and a digitally restored Fiddler on the Roof.
The weekend takes place at the National Media Museum in Bradford from October 15-18,. To book tickets visit www. nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
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