Paul Rudd Interview: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hollywood everyman, Paul Rudd, has played an anchorman, a camp counselor, and now a superhero.  In his newest film, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Paul plays Scott Lang, an ex-con turned superhero. This is his third time in the role, having played the character in Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War. Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters July 6, 2018.

Screen Rant: Paul, amazing job again. This is your third time playing the character. One thing I love about Scott Lang is that he's unassuming, but he's also just a hero out of helping his friends and his family. Which I really love. And the family part is the real big through line through, especially with his relationship with Cassie. So, what is his motivation to help out Hank and Hope in this sequel?

Paul Rudd: Well, I certainly think that he feels guilty. He feels guilty from-- He kind of screwed them over with what he did in Civil War. And that's where we start this thing. So, we're not really talking.  Guilt can be a big driving force. And I think that there is a need to be decent and do the right thing. And the conflict is, he wants to do that with his daughter and he also wants to do that with them.  And those two things don't really mix. And so, he's struggling with it.

Screen Rant: Luis was such a hit in the last film, along with T.I. and everybody else, but I love Randall Park in this film.  Jimmy Woo's relationship with Scott Lang. I love it. Tell me how much of that was actually on the page and how much was that just you guys?

Paul Rudd: That was… well [LAUGHS]. Most of that was just, we were just doing that. Randall and I have worked together a few times. He's the funniest dude. And he's so good at playing so serious. And just missing their--  So, I think that the relationship that those two characters have was really kind of starting to grow as we would just do it.

Screen Rant: I just want to see-- I wanted to see them just out to dinner, just talking out to dinner.

Paul Rudd: It would be such a stilted, awkward dinner.

Screen Rant: Exactly [LAUGHS]. Now, where would you want to see Scott Lang go next? What else do you want to explore in the character?

Paul Rudd: I don't know. I've had some thoughts.  If they were-- I have no idea whether or not they'll do anything else with this. I really don't. They're, Marvel's very good at keeping their cards close to their chest. Not just with the public. But I've thought about things like if we ever did an another one, what could it be? And I have some thoughts, but I hesitate to say what they are, in case we actually do wind up going in that direction. And some of those things that Scott is dealing with are things that I'm thinking of now. I don't, I don't really know now.

Screen Rant: In Civil War we see Ant-Man in the back of a van. That's how Captain America first sees him.  Going forward into the future, how do you think Captain America views Ant-Man now?

Paul Rudd: While you'd have to ask him.  I wonder if he would… I don't know what his opinion would be. I would like to think he would like him. Because the guy… he showed up. He does some pretty cool things for them.

Screen Rant: One thing that I love is the relationship with Cassie. And she kind of foreshadows this partnership, this Stature thing. Do you think if we did see an Ant-Man 3, that possibly we could get more of like the Incredibles. Kind of like family dynamic?

Paul Rudd: That's an interesting thing. I don't know. You know, one of the things that I think does separate this, is this whole thing about family and parents and kids. And certainly, my relationship with Cassie is a huge component of it. But it's also a father daughter relationship with Hope and Hank. And so, this is-- It does seem like it's their family business. Yeah, I don't know. It would be…That's a good idea.

MORE: Read Screen Rant's Ant-Man & the Wasp Review

Key Release Dates
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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