How many films does a guy have to do before people start thinking of him as "just a rapper"? Atlanta native T.I., who got his start in music, has been doing just fine in front of the camera since making his screen debut 10 years ago in "ATL." But sometimes some people still need to be reminded of that. Maybe with his latest, Marvel's "Ant-Man," he won't have to anymore.
Were you much of a comics fan in general before this project?
I had a fling. I kind of collected a lot of "X-Men" and "Wolverine" comics in the early '90s. I lost them, I lost the whole collection — like 35 books — and I was deflated. I just couldn't start over again. I just couldn't.
Before you got involved with this, how much had you heard about Ant-Man?
Not much. He isn't the best-known of the Marvel team, but that's great because now we can introduce him to the world — and get credit for it.
What was the first thing you thought when they explained him to you?
This script better be good. (laughs)
The movie is actually very funny.
Sure. I mean, it's hard not to be with Paul. I don't think it was even written in the script to be as funny as it is. I think that the onscreen chemistry and the environment that was set kind of contributed to the amount of laughs that it gets.