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Paul Rudd: I'm at one with ants

Paul Rudd decided against killing ants which were crawling around his kitchen after shooting his latest movie.

The 46-year-old actor takes on the title role in Ant-Man, which is Marvel's new superhero flick. In everyday life Paul's character is criminal Scott Lang, but when he straps on his special suit he becomes his alter-ego who is able to shrink to the size of an ant at the push of a button. He also has ways of getting help from vast armies of the insects, who club together to help him on his missions. All this gave Paul a renewed respect for the creatures.

"Not trying to sound cute or anything but even last week, I was standing by the sink and some ants came and started walking towards the coffee maker where I was brewing coffee and I... maybe in an earlier time I would have given them a little flick, now I absolutely let them do what they want to do, and I stand back," he laughed to Cover Media.

The star isn't the only cast member who has started to think differently about the miniscule creatures. Michael Douglas stars as Dr. Hank Pym and he was blown away by the amount he learnt about ants during the shoot.

"I just never really knew there were so many possible characters," he marvelled. "There's this phenomenally interesting thing; working ants, flying ants, seeing all the different characters. It was always a joy in the scenes when everyone would take a brief respite to look away at some of the ant hills, watch them work... I found it very peaceful."

The film also stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Peña. Michael stars as Scott's friend and sidekick Luis, but he was seemingly a little less taken by the subject matter.

"I can't believe it even made it this far with that question," he laughed when asked if he'd also gained a renewed respect for the insects. "They've said everything about ants that you can possibly say. I can't think of anything. Ants are awesome."

Ant-Man hits screens later this month.

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