Writer-director Edgar Wright has a string of critically acclaimed features to his name, including the cult-classic Shaun of the Dead and the comics adaptation of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and now he is on the promotional tour for his dream project, the high-octane action/heist/musical film Baby Driver. Nevertheless, many are still interested in the film that he didn’t make: Ant-Man. In a recent interview with Uproxx, Wright explained why he has no desire to see the film he was originally due to direct.
“I haven’t seen it and I haven’t even seen the trailer,” Wright revealed. “It would kind of be like asking me, ‘Do you want to watch your ex-girlfriend have sex?’ Like, ‘No, I’m good.’”
However, the Hot Fuzz director did apparently have a “near miss” with the film on a plane. “The closest I came to [watching Ant-Man] was that somebody sitting near me on a flight was watching it. And when I saw that the person sitting next to me was going to watch the movie, I thought, ‘hmm, maybe I’m going to do some work on my laptop.'”
While he might not be into watching Ant-Man, Wright says he has no regrets about walking off the project and has no intention of talking the movie down. In fact, he even enjoyed watching the character in action in Captain America: Civil War.
“I have zero regrets about not doing the movie. Zero. The only thing I regret is the time wasted, my time and [fellow writer/director] Joe Cornish’s time wasted. That’s all I regret,” Wright shared. “I’ll never be pressed into kind of bad-mouthing it, because the truth of the matter is my friends are in it.”
“Paul Rudd is a friend of mine and we’re still very good friends. And in fact, I saw him in New York the other week and we had dinner and it was the first time we’d had a chance to properly sit down since that whole thing. And the one thing I’ll say about that movie is I’m pleased that I got a writing credit on it, because it sort of makes up for having worked on the script for like eight years,” he said. “Two is that I got my friend, Paul, a part in a major film. And I did say to Paul — he knows I haven’t seen it — I said, ‘You know, I haven’t seen the movie, and I will never watch it. I did see you in Civil War, and you were the funniest bit.’”
Racing into theaters August 11, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Sky Ferreira and Flea.
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