There are few men cooler than Laurence Fishburne. I mean, how many people can walk into a room full of writers, and look as if he’s floating on air? It’s like the spirit of Morpheous embodies him and we’re just lucky to be in the room. He’s all smiles when we greet him, and has no qualms about us getting right into the questions.
Fishburne plays Dr. Bill Foster, one of Hank Pym’s lab assistants, and if you’re familiar with the comic books, you’re aware that he was exposes to some of Pym’s particles and goes on to be a pretty great superhero himself. Don’t worry though, I’m not giving away ANY of the movie, so you can stop yelling.
When it comes to an iconic actor such as Fishburne, I’m always worried that he’s going to be cast using common tropes – even with knowing his storyline. I asked if he was worried when he read the script and saw the tiny changes that they made to Dr. Bill Foster and the path that he took after he and Hank had their apparent split. You know, because it’s Marvel, you never know how they are going to take a character. He said that he had no issues about the character on paper, and looked forward to being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He even spoke aloud what many of us were thinking.
Look, Marvel could ask me to play a piece of debris, and I’d be on board.
As would we all Laurence, as would we all.
Which comic universe does he prefer?
Given the fact that he’s been a part of both DC and Marvel, someone was bold enough to ask which universe he preferred, and he had a great answer for us – as is expected. He’s Laurence freaking Fishburne. This isn’t his first go-round with the MCU, he’s the voice of the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four. We also know that he plays Perry White in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. One thing he’s clear about is the fact that he’s a comic book fan. He grew up with a lot of these comics when he was younger, and just really loved immersing himself in the worlds that came from those pages. What I do want to point out is the fact that just like every Marvel actor or fan that I’ve interviewed, he was certain to bring to our attention that Marvel has always been at the forefront of featuring people of color in main roles AND women. So I did what any red-blooded American does and assumed he’s just a comic book fan, like so many of us. Nothing to see here.
Talking about pimps
Another thing I was curious about, and it had nothing to do with the film was how he felt playing unsavory people at times. I mean, how many times will I be in the room with Laurence Fishburne and get to chat with him like we’re old friends. He brought to my attention that he got his start playing unsavory characters. I quipped back that I was only 2 when he played the character he was referencing – and after looking it up, I’m not sure I want to see my beloved Fishburne in that role, but he’s also with Charles Brunson so we may bite the bullet – so I wasn’t aware of him. He even mentioned his time playing Bumpy Johnson in Hoodlum, and stated ever so eloquently
“Pimps are people too.”
I DO know that I remember him as Ike Turner, a character that made me dislike HIM for taking it, and then he absolved himself of every one of those characters when he stepped into the role as super hacker and zen master, Morpheous. The wonderful way he walked, talked and believed branded him in our hearts forever. He also informed me that every single day is a red pill day. I refrained from squealing.
Will we see Goliath join the MCU?
He says, we’ll just have to see. Won’t we?
His thoughts on that post credit scene
So, there’s nothing more sobering than seeing Laurence Fishburne cup his hands over his mouth and yell out expletives. That’s what he did when asked about that post credit scene. You know the one I’m talking about! Wait. You may not. When we say that you have to stay for the post credit scenes, we’re not kidding. There are two of them ladies and gentlemen, and you need to keep your rears in your seats until they play.
Ant-Man and The Wasp opens everywhere July 6th, and you want to be in the building.