Patrick Wilson Comments On The Joel Silver WATCHMEN Controversy And Confirms His ANT-MAN Casting
Producer Joel Silver started an internet firestorm when he slammed director Zack Snyder‘s Watchmen and said that Terry Gilliam‘s original plan for the series would have been far superior to what we ended up with in 2009. Silver said in part that Snyder was a “slave” to the source material. You can read Silver‘s inflammatory comments here. About a week later someone finally got Snyder to respond to the producer’s comments. Both Snyder and his wife Deborah essentially laughed off the comments and said the ending Silver and Gilliam would have put on screen would have made people think the duo were “smoking crack.” You can read the Snyders comments here if you missed them. Well today Dan Dreiberg himself, Patrick Wilson, has backed his director up as well as confirming the news about his role in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man.
Screen Rant caught up with the actor for a few minutes at South By Southwest to ask him a few questions about his various projects. Wilson was asked if he had tried on a costume for Ant-Man. The actor flatly said “No.” When asked if it was a ‘good‘ or ‘evil‘ he said “Can’t tell you,” though he confirmed he actually was in the movie for a role he would only say was “important.” That led to the question on whether or not he learned anything from Watchmen he could apply to the Edgar Wright‘s long-gestating project. The actor was a little more talkative when it came to that question:
No, totally different world. I love Watchmen, I love Zack, I love the process of that. I’m so happy with that movie. Yeah, I saw some recent hubbub…the Joel Silver of it all, and Zack’s response. Zack is very well spoken, he doesn’t need me to back him up. It was awesome.
He then said he had read the Ant-Man script and would not compare it to any other film in regards to tone other than “it’s Edgard Wright.” You can watch the full video below to see how Wilson dodges each and every question with an expertise not seen in too many actors. While Wilson wouldn’t elaborate on the Watchmen “hubbub,” you could tell he probably found the entire thing pretty dumb. In regards to Ant-Man, the popular theory is that Wilson could be playing a younger Hank Pym with Michael Douglas portraying the present day Pym. While there hasn’t been any evidence for that theory, it does seem to be making the rounds in the weeks since the actor was announced as coming aboard. What do you think about the Wilson‘s comments?
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