If you think visiting the set of Marvel’s Ant-Man would be totally awesome, then you would be completely correct! But not always in the ways that you might expect. Yes, making small talk with Paul Rudd — awesome. Learning about Peyton Reed‘s punk rock days as Ant-Man was super cool. And joking with Judy Greer, so fun. But the cool factor is so much more than that.
It is grabbing a cup of hot chocolate (because it is 20 degrees) from craft services alongside cast and crew. It is watching them make magic with 100 takes of the same scene. It is listening to the cast and crew make jokes between takes. And it is being there to take it all in to experience every little moment just because you started a blog 6 years ago. Wow.
Ant-Man Set Visit
I was pretty much in awe of my entire visit to the Ant-Man set. It is one of those times in life you just keep reminding yourself to soak it all in. I think one of the things that stood out to me the most from the visit was just how real everyone was. For the cast and crew, this was just another day on the job. We were the visitors, we were what was different about the day.
During the coldest day on record for Atlanta we watched the Ant-Man cast film for eight hours, outside from our little heated tent (that was still really cold). Take after take, they shot the same scene trying it with small variations to get the exact right feel. I would imagine the birthday party scene we watched will be less than 10 minutes of the movie when all is said and done, but it took an entire day.
Although strictly professional when Peyton Reed called action, between takes there was a lot of laughter. And at the heart of it all was Judy Greer.
Judy Greer is hilarious.
Seriously, I would love to just hang out with her for a day. Interviewing her was so fun because she is totally down to earth and real. Like all of the others, this is her job. It may be a job that people all over the world watch, but it is just her job — and one she clearly loves.
Ant Man Judy Greer Interview
This summer’s hottest movie mom is Judy Greer. Coming off the insane success of Jurassic World where Judy Greer plays the mom, Judy Greer is poised to have another blockbuster under her belt for the summer as yet another mom in Ant-Man. Judy Greer landed her part as Maggie in Ant-Man the “old-fashion” way — she auditioned. And she (fittingly) told us that one of the things that attracted her to the movie in the first place was the comedy.
I think that the serious superhero movies are great for the super fans. But it’s the comedy that’s gonna keep the rest if us interested in them when we’re watching them over and over with our kids. Guardians of the Galaxy was so funny, and so I would watch that a bunch if it was on television. And with Paul being Ant-Man I knew it was gonna be funny.
Although she admitted that she is more of a rom-com girl, Judy Greer told us that she appreciates the lessons that superhero stories give us. And she mentioned that upon getting the role in Ant-Man her agent gave her a coffee table book about Marvel comic book heroes to “brush up.”
When talking to Judy Greer, we got the biggest reveal of the story of Ant-Man. As Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) ex-wife, her character has a lot to do with him becoming Ant-Man. Married at a young age, when she got pregnant Maggie told Scott he would have to start living the straight narrow, no more cyber hacking. He didn’t listen, and he landed himself in jail and divorced.
The story of Ant-Man takes place now that he is out of jail, and Judy Greer told us that while Maggie wants Scott to have custody of his daughter and be part of her life, she just can’t let him be a presence until he shapes up. Thus setting him on the path looking for redemption to become a better person and a better father, which ultimately leads him to find the hero inside and become Ant-Man.
So in a way, we have Judy Greer to thank for Ant-Man.