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Because of the 2018 World Cup, us folks in the United Kingdom will not be able to watch Ant-Man and the Wasp until August which, to be honest, kind of sucks for UK fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Still, the film has received mostly positive reviews so, for me, I can wait a little bit longer if the film turns out to be as good as it is claimed to be. One of the stars of the film is Evangeline Lilly who plays Hope van Dyne and, in an interview with Collider, she discussed various aspects about this next instalment in the MCU.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
One of the things that Evangeline Lilly talked about was whether she had any influence on the decision to cast Michelle Pfeiffer as her mother in the film which was a wish of hers:
“Gosh, I honestly don’t think I had anything to do with the decision. I swear to god the stars just aligned in my favor. Maybe I manifested it. You know, maybe I just thought on it so long, and so hard, and wanted it so badly I made it happen. But nobody ever really officially came to me and said, ‘Evangeline, we would like the official word on your opinion for who should play the original Wasp.’ No.”
She also spoke about the stunt and fight training for this film:
“I learned some lessons on the first one. And mainly I also have listened to my costar, Paul Rudd, who is very candid about the fact that we are covered from head to toe. There isn’t an inch of us that shows when we are fighting because we’re in containment suits. He’s definitely had some kind of wise let-me-give-you-some-advice talks with me which is, ‘They’ll never use you,’ so you might as well let the stunt people do what they do and focus on your performance.”
“And so a lot of my stunt training has revolved around kind of understanding the shapes and understanding the style so that when my stunt person accomplishes an inhuman feat, which they must because my character can shrink and fly and is skilled in martial arts, so what they can do is incredible, and they’re mostly on wires with this character.”
“So I’m learning mostly the style more than actually getting into the core basics of breaking down martial arts and breaking down how to do flips and learning how to get my legs over my head. I can’t do that. I’m not that flexible.”
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