Michael Douglas wished Ant-Man was his 'meal ticket into retirement'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 July 2018
Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Hollywood icon Michael Douglas has revealed he wanted 'Ant-Man' to be his "meal ticket into retirement"

Michael Douglas wanted 'Ant-Man' to be his "meal ticket into retirement".

The 73-year-old actor admitted he was thinking about his financial future when he signed up to portray Hank Pym, but now he enjoys being a part of the Marvel Cinematic universe (MCU).

Asked why he signed up for the movie, he said: "There was a conscious thought, when I got involved with this, this could possibly be my meal ticket into retirement.

"But I'm happy to be part of the Marvel family. It's really been a hell of a lot of fun."

Michael - who reprises his role in 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' - didn't know a lot about his character before he signed up, but studio bosses were able to ensure he was well versed in the entire MCU before filming began.

He told SFX magazine: "They send you a very nice coffee table book of Marvel characters for your reading pleasure.

"A lot of the Ant-Man stuff with Hank Pym ... he's in his prime.

"Now we've moved him to a senior position and he's passing everything on to Scott."

Part of the sequel was shot in Atlanta, which gave the cast the chance to check out work on 'Avengers: Infinty War', as their filming overlapped.

Michael said: "We were down there when the 'Avengers: Infinity War' was overlapping. We got to see a bit of it.

"Robert Downey Jr. and I go back a while, we did this picture called 'Wonder Boys' together in 2000 so I've known him a long time.

"He's a wonderful host down there to the whole 'Avengers' cast."

Ant-Man and the Wasp

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • Directed by: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Randall Park, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne
  • UK release: 3 August 2018

Sequel to Marvel's 2015 superhero flick Ant-Man, which sees the eponymous shrinking hero (Rudd) joining forces with the Wasp (Lilly) to rescue her long-lost mother (Pfeiffer) from a quantum realm. Silly yet also subtle, the film brims with chemistry from its strong cast.

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