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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand with the release of Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac as the titular hero. To celebrate the debut of the limited series, Marvel held a special red carpet premiere, which screen frenzy attended. During the event we had the opportunity to talk to not only the creative team behind Moon Knightbut also other talents that have contributed to the larger MCU.
One of those actors is David Dastmalchian, who played a supporting role as Kurt in ant man and Ant-Man and the Wasp† Over the years he has put together an extensive and impressive resume, recently reuniting with director Christopher Nolan on Oppenheimer† At the Moon Knight premiere, screen frenzy Dastmalchian caught up.
Screen Rant: We have some catching up to do, because let’s talk about all the castings that have taken place since then.
David Dastmalchian: Since the last time I saw you?
David Dastmalchian: Yes. It was weird, it was great. And you’re talking about me.
Yes. I’m talking about you.
David Dastmalchian: There’s been some incredible castings in the movie making world, but I’ve literally counted my blessings every night because I’m like, “Okay, I just need to get to work on this incredible movie, storytelling, dark drama about the Boston strangler with this incredible cast,” and then I went straight to this Stephen King adaptation, The Boogeyman with this incredible cast, and then I’m part of Christopher Nolan’s now.
Yes. Reunited, I think. It’s like a full circle.
David Dastmalchian: It’s really weird, Ash, because my first job, my first movie job ever, was working for him in a movie that changed our whole lives as moviegoers, but also for me as an actor, it changed everything. Since then, I’ve always wanted to not only work with him again, but just thank him the right way and say, “You changed my life.” And when I got the call that he thought there was a part for me in his new movie, I couldn’t believe it. I can’t believe I get to work with him again. He’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and I’m going to work with him twice.
Did you have that conversation?
David Dastmalchian: Yes. I’m sure I fooled myself. I went to meet him at Universal Studios and he was preparing an incredible, huge movie. I went in and had a little chat with him and got to say thank you for having me. He just wanted to catch up. He said he really enjoyed the Suicide Squad and that he enjoyed Polka-Dot Man, which warmed my heart. And then he said he’d loved Dune. We’ve talked about these other incredible projects and these other filmmakers that I loved so much. It’s crazy. It’s hard to believe it’s real.
That’s incredible. We are here for Moon Knight†
David Dastmalchian: Moon Knight was always one of my favorite superheroes ever. I started collecting comics [in] third and fourth grade, and Moon Knight – Fist of Khonshu was one of the first comics I was totally obsessed with. Moon Knight became part of the West Coast Avengers, the series I first started collecting monthly. He’s been through so many different iterations and there have been several, incredible incarnations of what Moon Knight is. When I found out they were doing this and that Oscar was going to play Moon Knight, I just thought, “I’m dead. I’m dead.”
What happens when Kurt and Moon Knight meet?
David Dastmalchian: What do you mean? Isn’t that why I’m here tonight?
Oh, right, right, right.
David Dastmalchian: It’s the big spoiler warning.
I don’t think I got to that episode.
David Dastmalchian: Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. Yes. You didn’t get there. It’s kind of pivotal in the entire universe of the Moon Knight, Marc Spector, Kurt, their fates are super crossed. Kurt really had a wonderful resurrection… What’s the word? I guess it wasn’t a resurrection because he got eaten, but in Marvel’s What If…?, which was such a surprise when they asked me if I was available to do some Kurt in a Marvel What If…? I was like, “Oh yes please.”
Is Kurt quantitative?
David Dastmalchian: It doesn’t seem like it.
David Dastmalchian: But it doesn’t matter. I know they make something incredible. I can’t wait to see what Peyton [Reed] does the following. He’s one of my favorite directors, just like yours, one of our favorite people. He’s been so busy. I’ve been trying to keep in touch, but he’s making an incredible movie now.
You are as they call it fully booked and busy.
David Dastmalchian: You know what? That’s right. Booked and busy. New. I can’t quite grasp at this point how many cool movies I get to make in my life right now. As you know, the children are my everything. Now it’s really fun for me to have my kids keep track of these weird equations like, “Daddy, how often do you die from something? Daddy, how many bad guys do you have to play?” They make charts and graphs about dad’s bad guys, dad’s death and that’s cool.
Do you know your death toll?
David Dastmalchian: No, but I have to because I recently did a podcast about characters who die a lot in things. I was like, “I really should know that. I need to snip a little reel together.” At my actual funeral, which would be really nice if you could watch me die in appearance again and again.
That would be nice. What are the chances we’ll ever get a Polka-Dot man prequel?
David Dastmalchian: Well…
Give the people what they want.
David Dastmalchian: This is Hollywood. Nothing is impossible. Anything can happen. While his ending was pretty epic, I don’t throw that term around lightly. I felt like I was being crushed by a five story high intergalactic starfish alien, the evil overlord was beautiful…
Top of the Death Roll?
David Dastmalchian: That’s pretty good stuff there. That must be the last moment of the death reel. Goodness, who knows? Maybe I can be one of the remaining dots and it has some kind of consciousness. The dot can slide around and move.
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Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney+. New episodes debut Wednesday.
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