THE ACTS FACTOR. From Oscar Award-winning “Crash” to comedic Marvel film “Ant-Man,” Michael Peña brought memorable performances that constantly evolve from one role to another. DA MAN chats with the self-taught actor on the upcoming title “CHIPs,” indie movies and the most important thing in life
We’ve laughed at his wacky antics in “Ant-Man;” we’ve maybe suppressed a tear or two as we saw him in “World Trade Center;” and soon, we will be seeing him tackle one of the most legendary TV heroes of 70’s and 80’s TV. In short, Michael Peña is one of those actors that isn’t a household name (yet), but appears just about everywhere, in any genre, creating the most memorable moments in modern cinema. Today, DA MAN invites you to see why he’s a name to look out for in the years to come.
DA MAN: Hi, Michael. Let’s start off with the question on everybody’s minds: Will you appear in any other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies post-“Ant-Man”?
Michael Peña: Right now, I have no idea. They haven’t made an announcement, and I don’t know if they are going to make another. What I do know is that I’m signed on for three movies.
DA MAN: By the way, what was it really like working on an MCU title?
Michael Peña: Marvel does things a little bit different, which I think is a great way to shoot. I heard that Woody Allen does this, but they shoot the majority of the movie right then and there. What they allow themselves is a good amount of reshoots so that they can work on whatever story lines they think are working and then they have no problem with expanding a story line or sometimes getting rid of a story line if it’s not working. And I think that’s a great way to make a movie. If I had to direct a movie, I would definitely like to take that model so to speak—of course I’d need a lot of money [laughs]—but that’s secondary. The most memorable was working with [director] Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd. And, you know, playing with those guys. And what was amazing was it almost felt like we were doing a small comedy even though it was all within the Marvel universe.
DA MAN: Moving on to your future appearances, you’re playing in “CHiPs,” right? Can you tell us a bit about the movie?
Michael Peña: It’s about two motorcycle cops and, you know, just like the old TV show. They’re always on a case, which I think is really cool. There’s going to be a lot of action and hopefully a bunch of humor, but it’s not going to be like a silly, silly comedy—although I do like those, from time to time—it’s going to be more along the lines of like, “Lethal Weapon,” which is one of my favorite movies of all time.