Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel Studios film to have a female superhero co-billed in the title. In a way, this opened the door for Marvel’s upcoming film featuring a female superhero, Captain Marvel.
With Ant-Man and the Wasp releasing on Blu-ray on October 16, we caught up with Laurence Fishburne, who plays Bill Foster in the film, and producer Stephen Broussard during a press event at AT&T Park in San Francisco. In addition to discussing Fishburne’s interest in returning for a sequel, perhaps even as the costume-clad Goliath, the pair were happy to talk about the acclaimed actor’s co-stars. Specifically, they positively gushed over Evangeline Lilly’s dedication to her role as the Wasp, and were suitably awed by Hannah John-Kamen’s acting range as Ghost.
CBR: Would you be able to tell us a little more about the work Evangeline Lilly put into her role?
Stephen Broussard: She was so dedicated. It was such an inspiration. I remember a lot of our earliest conversations — we talked about everything — but one of the things that stands out that I remember is having a very sensitive conversation with her during her stunt training about character through action. Meaning, like — “I want people to know who I am, and where I come from, and my story, based on how I fight, getting really into the specifics of that. Literally down to the way that I position my legs as I flip,” and that kind of thing.
It was almost like a ballet or a fine art conversation about expression through movement in a way that I didn’t think of… Once you sort of open that door, [there was] a lot of great back and forth between myself, her, Peyton and the stunt team, and really getting to a place where she was like, “We’re not there yet, we’re not there yet,” and her pushing us to push it further.
Laurence Fishburne: It really shows in that first fight scene she has. You really see the thought that went into her style and her attack. She’s really really aggressive, and that’s not an accident. You can tell. It’s really cool.
Could you compare that to Ghost’s fighting style and the training Hannah John-Kamen had to do as well?
Broussard: It was just sort of on a conceptual level when you’re thinking about heroes and villains going against one another. Her power set seemed sort of interesting, because you can shrink, and you can grow and that’s great. [But] what good does that have to do against someone that’s immaterial? So right away, it felt like a cool oil and water kind of thing to go at.
Similarly, in a lot of similar ways with the same stunt people and with Evangeline, it was conceptualizing that. We can have these cool ideas, but then we ask wonderful actors to actually bring it to life. When the rubber meets the road is where a lot of these questions come out about how it’s actually going to be achieved. And very similarly it was a lot about that. “What does a fight look like if I can grab you and go right through you, and how is that an asset? How is that a disadvantage? It was fun to explore all that.
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