The latest film in the Ant-Man series is out on February 17 and it once again has Paul Rudd starring as the titular character. The superhero is known for being able to shrink and grow his body, but the role also involves a lot of body altering for the actor.
At 53, Rudd says that getting in shape for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was much harder than previous movies.
“I had fallen off more than I had in the past. All of a sudden my clothes fit tight,” he shared. “So I’d say to myself, Well, I might as well just eat some of these cookies. I was irritable and self-conscious.”
According to The Shrink Next Door star, it was his upcoming shirtless scenes that were the real motivation to work out. His daily routine involves eating eggs, salmon, and protein shakes that consist of just water and protein powder.
“I get up and I have a cup of coffee, and then I do cardio before I eat anything. I never would’ve done that before [Ant-Man]. I lift weights, hopefully at least three times a week. And I’ve learned so much about how my body reacts to foods, how it reacts to exercise, and where I’m happiest and how much it affects me mentally.”
But Rudd’s most important tip?
“The most important part of training is sleep. People will set their alarm and then sleep for four hours and they’ll get up so that they can train. They’re doing themselves a disservice,” he says.