“It wasn’t actually dirt – it was manure”: Paul Rudd Was Disgusted While Filming Ant-Man 3 as Marvel Went Too Extreme to Save Money

Paul Rudd recalled how stinky the sets of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania were.

“It wasn’t actually dirt - it was manure”: Paul Rudd Was Disgusted While Filming Ant-Man 3 as Marvel Went Too Extreme to Save Money

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  • Actor Paul Rudd revealed that the dirt in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was actually manure.
  • Marvel Studios decided to use manure instead of dirt to save money, which led to a halt in the production.
  • The manure of course, did not prove to be the worst part as the film was a massive disappointment on the box office as well.
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Filming a superhero movie can be very exhausting. From the heavy costumes to draining stunts, a range of things can make filming quite an overwhelming experience for an actor. However, actor Paul Rudd faced a different issue while filming 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: the smell.

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Paul Rudd and Kathryn Newton in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Paul Rudd and Kathryn Newton in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Rudd revealed in a past interview that production of the movie was shut down at one point due to the smell on the sets. The Quantum Realm is indeed appealing, however, there was a big issue: the dirt wasn’t actually dirt – it was manure. Now, no one knows why Marvel Studios decided to do this but it certainly slowed down the film’s production.

Also read: 5 MCU and DCU Movies That Failed Miserably at Box Office in 2023

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Paul Rudd was left disgusted while filming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

(L-R): Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Kathryn Newton as Cassandra “Cassie” Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

In February 2023, actor Paul Rudd appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and revealed the major problem he faced while filming 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The actor revealed that the dirt on the sets wasn’t dirt,

“They try and make it feel as much like the Quantum Realm and we have something to react to. It was crazy to go into these sound stages and it looked like you were in outer space, something wild […] They try and have as much practical stuff as possible; you really feel like you’re on a planet or you’re in some weird space. […] One of the [sets], we went in, and there was dirt all over the floor. We were shooting with like 150 other creatures and people and I was like, ‘It doesn’t smell good at all.’ Throughout the day, it was kind of getting worse and worse, and the next day it was overbearing. We realized they probably got a deal on the dirt because it actually wasn’t dirt – it was manure.”

As per Paul Rudd, Marvel Studios decided to use manure instead of dirt, leading to some horrible conditions on the sets. The actor further added that they had to shut down the production for a day and bring in some new dirt.

Also read: “That was Robert Downey Jr?” Paul Rudd was Stunned After Chris Hemsworth Pulled off an Impossibly Hilarious Stunt

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was a disappointment

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Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Just like the Quantum Realm, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also stank. Directed by Peyton Reed, the film was the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics.

With a budget of $200 million, the film grossed roughly $476 million at the global box office. In the film, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, and their family are accidentally transported to the Quantum Realm and face off against Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). Marvel is now facing another issue: Majors’ public controversy. Sources claim that Marvel will soon fire the actor and might bring in a different actor for the role of Kang the Conqueror.

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