We were already surprised in 2015, when the first ant manAND michael douglas he co-starred with Paul Rudd. the actor of Wall Street, traffic, Fatal Attraction AND base instincts it wasn’t, presumably, a name one would immediately associate with Marvel. good with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania There are already three films with Douglas playing Dr. Hank Pym.
Douglas is the scientist who first created the technology to change the molecules of his body and change size, which largely led to the origin of this saga… and also gave Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) the opportunity to save the planet in The Last of the Avengers.
married to Welsh Catherine Zeta-JonesThey were born on the same day but in a different year. Michael is 78 years old and the actress since The mask of Zorro AND Chicago53. And they have been married for 22 years and have two children.
With Douglas, extremely kind and well-disposed, despite the Zoom meeting taking more than an hour to take place, we’re not just talking about the Marvel film, which opens in Argentina this Thursday February 16, one day before the United States itself .
There was time to ask him the difference between the times he ran the streets of san francisco together with Karl Malden and the present, and perhaps, perhaps, in one of those, he surprises by answering which films he starred in and which ones have left him the most beautiful memory. they will be base instinctsor fatal attraction?
– Hi Pablo.
– How are you, Michael? Pleased to meet you…
-I am fine. What is Buenos Aires like?
-Very good here. Have you been to Argentina…?
-No, we have a great plan for next year. Let’s go to Buenos Aires. My wife is a huge fan and we can’t wait.
– Well, we’ll wait for you. It is curious that however extensive and rich their careers are, yours and that of Michelle Pfeiffer, who is your wife in fiction, have recently coincided in a Marvel production…
-Well, yes, I did three of the movies, the first Ant-Man and Ant-Man and WASPs. Michelle was introduced in the sequel Ant-Man and the WASP. But now, in this movie, she really takes the lead. And it’s nice to see that someone who spent 30 years in the quantum realm, only came home for three or four years, and by a terrible accident, we now find ourselves in the quantum realm and this messy place. It was fun for both of us. Michelle, you know, was there Batman returns many years ago, but other than that, we both enjoy doing something different. We have never done these green screen movies and just wanted to enjoy the experience.
We won’t spoil anything, Michael, but how did you feel trying on the action hero costume?
-You know, for an actor who always plays contemporary films with contemporary clothes, a little change is always good. So I really enjoyed this opportunity to be in this world of Marvel, which I knew nothing about. I wasn’t a fan of comics as a kid. This is all a bit new to me and it’s like a different language and I’m enjoying it.
-It is that this film has more action for Hank and Janet. How was your preparation regarding the action scenes?
-We have fantastic doubles. There’s like a whole department and you’re incredibly supported. And there’s the training that goes hand in hand with that. My prep was, look, I’m in a Marvel movie! And enjoy and be in awe of my amazing wife Janet and what she could accomplish and what wonderful shape she was in during those 30 years that she was in the quantum realm.
And what he must have eaten and drunk, what else was he doing there to be in the best shape possible. And I relished seeing her and Evangeline (Lilly, her fictional daughter) in action and couldn’t feel more than lucky to have two action heroines backing up the old…
Will Michael Douglas be back for a fourth Ant-Man movie, if it gets made? “Only if I could die,” he replied at the time The Hollywood Reporter. In other words, he wants to greet the saga through the front door.
-And now that you’re more immersed in the world of Marvel, what do you think these films have that captivate audiences, in your opinion?
-I think the pictures of ant man, which heavily reference family, bring a vulnerability to these super-powered characters that we see in many Marvel films. There is a certain vulnerability. And a sense of humor there, which I think is a real treat. And they are films that seem to appeal to all different ages.
Someone like me, who mostly has R-rated movies (for 17+ in the US, which would be a SAM 16 in Argentina), it was such a treat to have younger kids come and enjoy and watch what’s going on.
-What has your time playing Dr. Hank Pym done to your knowledge and appreciation of ants?
-I love ants. It’s phenomenal. I mean, I was hooked on the whole thing from the very beginning and I liked the idea that someone had developed this cringing ability. Must have been someone from the 60s. So, I liked it and I think it’s a linear thing that has been maintained throughout the project. And I got very excited Quantimania discovering that our ants can still be part of it. I don’t want to reveal too much here, you know…
Hollywood yesterday and today
-Is there anything you miss about Hollywood in the 80s and 90s compared to Hollywood today?
-Well, in the eighties and nineties we were much closer and this was before digital. So it was all still celluloid and film… This ensured that you couldn’t go too far from Los Angeles where all the movies were made. Now, of course, we’re digital people living all over the country. Watch us talk thousands of miles away.
That could never have happened in the 80s and 90s. So there’s more communication, but we’re less communicated, if you know what I mean. There is a little more to communicate, but there is less intimacy.
-Which of the films you made do you have the best memories?
-You know, Pablo, you work as much on your failures as on your successes, but the movies I liked were like those racehorses you didn’t think were successful. Movies like fall (A day of fury) OR wonder guys (crazy weekend), the war of the roses… These are movies that were pretty dark, that you really didn’t think were going to make it, and they turned out to be successful. So those movies played a very big role for me.
-My last question is, you’ve done quite a few series lately, what biggest difference do you see, from “The streets of San Francisco” to today?
-The difference between digital and celluloid. Digital makes everything much faster, it’s faster to film, do repetitions, do less shooting. You don’t have to wait for the camera to charge. It’s like a much nicer push for the actors. Keeps pace.
Sincerely, the farewell couldn’t be more formal…
Thank you so much, Michael, for your time.
Thank you so much, take care. I wish you the best.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.