Find Out How Michael Douglas Was De-Aged in ‘Ant-Man’

The opening sequence of Ant-Man, set in 1989, features a digitally de-aged Michael Douglas as he berates head members of S.H.I.E.L.D. The visual effect was eerie, perhaps its accuracy was distracting because it was so undistracting in comparison to Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy or Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys. To achieve this effect, Marvel Studios recruited Lola VFX, the same company that shrunk Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Lola VFX supervisor Trent Claus talked how the visual effect was achieved.

They asked for advice for what they could do when they were shooting that could aid us, which is very much appreciated. We put our two cents in, and they did everything we needed right from the start.” Claus also revealed that Douglas’ past movies were used for reference, although “It made us work harder, because the audience already knew what he looked like at that age; There wasn’t a whole lot of leeway.

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed chatted with Cinema Blend and admitted that the sequence was the most terrifying visual effect of the movie.

The single most terrifying visual effect in the movie to me is scene one in the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters with Michael Douglas… If that didn’t work, we were screwed, because you’re going to be in some weird uncanny valley as a viewer. ‘That’s terrible. This doesn’t work. I’m out.’ You could potentially lose an audience member in the very first scene if that didn’t work.

Source: Vulture & Cinemablend

(Andrew Gifford)

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