Bobby Cannavale is set to play a character named Paxton in Marvel's upcoming summer adventure Ant-Man. He is the husband of Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) ex-wife Maggie, played by Judy Greer. Bobby Cannavale went into great detail about his experiences shooting the film, and even teases that his character may get shrunk down at some point in the story.
Talking with ComicBookResources, Bobby Cannavale actually called the Ant-Man shoot baffling. He riffs on the process of shooting all blue-screen and questions some of the methods utilizes to bring this new superhero to life. He says:
"It was a trip!. I've never been in anything like that before. There's a ton of people on this crew. it was just huge! And there's blue screen everywhere. I remember one time we were shooting at nights for three weeks. I hadn't seen anything behind me that wasn't a blue screen for three nights in a row. I remember one night at four in the morning being frustrated and just saying, 'If it's going to be blue screen all the time, why can't you just make it be night? Why do we actually have to be here at night?' That part of it was baffling to me."
The entire experience wasn't a miserable one for Bobby Cannavale. He did enjoy the dialogue scenes he got to do with Paul Rudd. It was actually Rudd who first approached him to join Ant-Man. The actor explains:
"The actual work, the scenes with me and Paul Rudd, and Judy Greer and Michael Pena, felt like an indie film. It felt like fun. Peyton Reed [and the studio], they weren't mercurial about the script. They weren't mercurial about the humor, at all. They let us be in charge of that. We improvised a lot. Judy Greer's very funny. Paul's very funny, he's a great improviser. The rewrite of the script that Paul did with McKay, and I've worked with McKay before, lent itself to that. You could see that there's a funny scene and we could actually riff off of that, and that felt impressive to me in this big huge blockbuster film. It made me feel kind of good, that it felt like Marvel was going for something different. It didn't feel like Thor. It felt more like Guardians of the Galaxy, which I really enjoyed and I thought brought a certain levity to a superhero movie that I had never seen before."
Bobby Cannavale then went onto talk about the actual Ant-Man suit. He never could quite adjust to seeing his friend in the costume. But he made the most of it. He continued by saying:
"It was [still] a trip because I've known Paul for so long, since before he was famous like this, and it's just a trip to see one of your best friends in ridiculous leather suit with dots all over him and you're not supposed to laugh. We just laughed. He's supposed to be this big [pinches fingers together]. Then I'm supposed to see him growing in front of me. But what I'm really seeing is Paul off-camera standing on an apple box. Then he jumps off the apple box. And I'm supposed to act like he's growing in front of me and then lands with this really heroic pose, but he's jumping of a box with green dots on him. He's supposed to have a mask that they CGI in. so I've never seen the mask. Every time I see him to talk, he goes like this [hits a pretend button] because there's a button there that isn't really there. I wasn't used to that. He'd start to talk and he'd be like, [pretends to push button]. I'd ask ridiculous questions all the time. Peyton Reed, he just kept saying, 'Dude, just do it.' But I'd say, 'I don't understand. Does the mask go up this way or this way?' And there's a visual effects guy there and I want an answer. They got so tired of my questions: 'So I don't understand, If I was just over there, how did I get over here so quick?' Reed would be like, 'Cannavale, it's a superhero movie, dude. Just do it!' But I'd say, 'Yeah, but do I have superhuman speed, because I was just three blocks away and now I'm here and I'm not even out of breath. Should I be out of breath?' He'd be like, 'Dude, it's not the Unbearable Lightness of Being. It's just [frick]ing Ant-Man. Just say the line.' Then it just became a joke. I had a blast. We laughed so much on that thing."
He then lets it slip that he may actually try on the suit at some point to shrink himself. This is something we haven't heard before. He says:
"I literally wrapped with [Martin] Scorsese, I worked with Scorsese all summer on the rock and roll pilot, and it was literally the longest pilot ever. It was like a 38-day pilot, so we shot all summer. I literally wrapped with Marty at like one o'clock in the morning, an intense scene, this intense, dark scene, and wrapped with him, big hug. And then I got onto a plane in Atlanta for a blue screen test of me fighting with a 50-foot ant. And I wrote Marty right away, I was like, 'This business is weird. I can't believe I was just with you, and now I'm reacting to an ant I can't see.'"