Michael Douglas Explains His Decision To Be ANT-MAN
Yesterday Marvel shocked the world by announcing that Michael Douglas had been cast as Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. The two-time Oscar winner was hot off a win at the Golden Globes for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, so Marvel decide to strike while the proverbial iron was hot. An older Hank Pym fits with what Wright was saying back in 2006 about Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Pym both having big roles in the film, though Pym’s heroics would largely take place in the 1960s. One thing people wondered about the casting was what made Douglas sign up? Well the actor recently talked about his decision.
Douglas told Reuters (via CBR) after his win at the Golden Globes that he has actually been itching to do a Marvel movie for a while and this one just seemed like the perfect choice. Says the actor “I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see. Sometimes – like (when) they didn’t see you for Liberace – you’ve got to shake them up a little bit and have some fun” A lot of great actors have been eager to do a Marvel flick, and doing something their younger children can watch has been a motivating factor for some. Ant-Man is definitely Marvel’s oddest film, so it’s no surprise that Douglas would be intrigued. Mainly he just wanted to shake things up. “
In the actor’s 40 odd years in film he has only done one sequel (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), but it sounds like Douglas might break tradition for Marvel. He teased “[Marvel] reciprocated well, there are sequels. Who knows?” We know that Pym doesn’t create Ultron, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be an important character in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is said to eventually end up a mentor-like figure for Scott Lang, so he could be around to offer advice and assistance for a while. What do you think about Douglas’ comments? Do you like the idea of him as Hank Pym?