Calm Down Internet: Simon Pegg Says He’s NOT Ant-Man
Simon Pegg took a tour of the Marvel Comics‘ offices late Thursday afternoon, and the internet exploded. The actor was there so he could be a guest on a podcast, but it was the pictures he posted of his tour that sent Twitter into a tizzy. The actor posted a pic of him with Mjolnir, one with him standing near a Hulk bust, and one with him pointing at a tiny Ant-Man on a giant wall mural. Guess which one got people talking? The Ant-Man point got many people saying the Pegg‘s pal Edgar Wright would be choosing him to be the tiny hero (probably the Scott Lang version). Since the two collaborate so often, it seemed like a safe bet. A lot of sites started running “Simon Pegg Is Ant-Man” stories after the Tweet, but we didn’t because it was really quite silly when you consider how much of a jokester the actor is on the social media site. Pegg continued to tease fans mercilessly about the whole deal (as you can see at the bottom of the article), but now he has finally addressed the controversy head on.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Pegg talked about the whole thing being blown entirely out of proportion. The Tweet was just one big joke that got taken way too seriously:
Oh, man, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe the amount of importance people placed on it. It seemed ridiculous to me. Even though it’s a film that my best friend is making, there are far more important things to be tweeting about than me f***ing pointing at a painting. You know what it was? I was at Marvel doing a podcast and I had my picture taken with the Hulk and Thor. And then I was having my picture taken by the big mural and I was like, “There’s Ant-Man!,” because Edgar’s doing Ant-Man. So, I pointed at it and the next thing I know, it’s like “He’s Ant-Man!” I mean, grow up!
You know, as it happened, as it was taken, as I tweeted it, it didn’t entirely escape my mind that I might be f***ing with people. But, I kind of thought, What the hell? You know? Kick up a storm for the day. It will be fun.
The actor was happy that people thought highly enough of him to play the role, but he says he can’t be in everything Edgar Wright does. He likes to just watch his friend’s films as a fan sometimes:
Yeah, what’s funny is that I read Edgar’s script for “Ant-Man” and it’s going to be great. I’m very excited about it and I can’t wait. I love watching stuff that Edgar directs that I’m not in. I love watching Nick [Frost] because I can be a bit more objective about it. I’m not so invested in it personally — I can actually sit back and be a fan. Like, I love “Scott Pilgrim” and I was so happy that film was so good because I was so proud of Edgar. And I’m very proud Edgar’s going to be doing a Marvel movie and I can’t wait to see it. I don’t want to be in it, in a way — not that he’d want me to be in it, either — because we have to keep our different houses separate. I can’t be in everything Edgar does. It would be a shame, our own little brand exists in a bubble we have to kind of protect. It would almost sully that.
Pegg is many things, but he’s usually pretty honest in interviews. I really don’t think there’s anything to this Ant-Man deal. If you follow him on Twitter, you know he likes to troll people and have a good time. It seems he was just excited about a friend’s project and people read too much into it. He may have a cameo in the film, that wouldn’t be too big of a surprise, but I really don’t think he’s going to be suiting up to battle crime an inch at a time. What do you think?
FFS the Internet, all I did was point at the central character in my dear friend’s next movie, because I’m excited for him. #iamantman
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 16, 2013
Source : HuffPo via CBM