How often can you say that you were able to interview Chris Evans, let alone be in the same room with someone so awesome?
Marvel fans, ASSEMBLE!
If you loved Thor: the Dark World and The Avengers movies, you do not want to miss this! When I was in LA with Disney, our group got a chance to screen CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Winter Soldier, and interview a few of the cast members during their press event. We caught up with Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, to ask him a few questions about the movie. Donning a full beard and heap of hotness, Evans walked into the room and had such a fun, light hearted spirit. Sweet, charming and handsome? This guy is truly a triple threat!
Evans says that he is not that superhero-esque good guy in real life, like his role in the movie as Captain America. Basically, Captain America is such a good guy that it was hard for Evans to put this into words in a modest way, you know, without sounding conceited. “I think he’s always trying to do better. You know, I don’t think I’m as good of a man as he is, but I think as good of a man as he is, he’s always trying to improve, so I think the one thing I am working towards on a daily basis is just trying to find ways to evolve.”
When it comes to Evans playing Captain America for the first time, he felt not only excitement and joy in the role, but also terrified. When he first agreed to taking such a big role, he admits that he was a little insecure and uneasy about it. “There was a simultaneous joy, but at the same time, a deep fear. But that’s eroded over time, and now it’s very familiar, and it feels very comfortable. It feels great now, and damn, if I had said no, I would have been the biggest fool on the planet.”
When filming, Evans used about 4 – 5 different Captain America shields, all adapted for various scenes. “There’s the one shield that’s the one shield that’s heavy and ridiculous, and you know, that’s just for show, and then every now and then, if you gotta hit somebody, you get this kind of fiberglass shield. And if you gotta throw it, you get a foam shield.” He says that he also got to take one home, it’s sitting somewhere in his house and becomes a fun prop when he has company!
With regards to the fighting and action scenes, Evans actually did a lot of it. There is an elevator scene where Captain America fights about 10 guys single handedly, and it was like a dance, plenty of steps and beats that had to be rehearsed for a month with all of the stuntmen. That scene was shot first and took 3 days to film, Evans said they would do these fake fights with all of the energy they got, it was brutal and exhausting. There were also scenes where Captain America plows through walls and doors. Evans actually did a few of those, it was important to be able to establish Cap’s power in this movie. To prepare for all of this and get a sense of the role, Evans played the Captain America video game and took gymnastics classes for a few months to work on flipping, tumbling, balance and his flexibility.
Evans’ favorite scene of the movie was one in the beginning of the film where Captain America is on a ship and moves around easily and kicks a guy with such force. It was the first time that Cap establishes his power in the movie. Also, here is a little look at his most memorable moment during filming: “When I saw Robert Redford walk in the door. Everyone was nervous that day. Everybody was scared. There was a whole buzz on the whole set. But it’s Robert Redford. You know. I grew up watching this guy. He is a living legend. So it was intimidating. It was exciting. It was rewarding. It was surreal. So, for me, just sharing the screen with him, I mean, c’mon.“
Talk about cool, it’s so interesting to learn about the behind-the-scenes work involved in an action movie! I will be sharing much more about my experience with the Captian America team, including a film review and interviews with Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, and Anthony Mackie as the Falcon.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great addition to the Marvel family of movies, if you are into action, adventure and light humor, this is a MUST-SEE! I would not recommend taking young children, as there are many fight scenes, explosions, shooting, slight blood, bruising, and the like. I would say that a mature 10+ year old would be able to handle it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be in theaters April 4th!
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This is not a compensated event. Travel, lodging and other logistics provided by Disney.