An Interview With Captain America AKA Chris Evans! #CaptainAmericaEvent

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Hey All!

On my recent Media Trip extravaganza thanks to Disney, I not only got to see an advanced screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but I got to chat with some of the cast including Captain America himself Chris Evans! It was so amazing to have this opportunity!

If you’re not familiar with the premise of this new Marvel adventure, here is a little about the film:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

It was also so amazing to meet Chris! He is a cutie if you couldn’t tell.

Here is what Chris Evans had to say about the film:

What qualities in Capt. America do you find in yourself?

CHRIS:

Aww. How do you answer that question? He’s such a good guy. 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 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.

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So, that elevator fight sequence blew my mind. The best one ever. How long and difficult was that to shoot?

CHRIS:

That was tough. That was the first thing we shot. That was the first scene in the movie we shot. It was three days, and it was awful. It was awful, because you have these great stuntmen that I had worked with for about a month prior, choreographing that fight in a warehouse where we had build a little fake model elevator. So you’re rehearsing the dance. It’s literally a dance. It’s, you know, you might as well be on your feet, doing the salsa. It literally is just rhythm and steps and beats, and, you know, with every person that you disable and drop, the fight continues with me.

So, as these guys go off and take coffee breaks, I’m stuck there, doing every single aspect of the fight. And there’s no masks. So there really wasn’t much opportunity to hide with a stuntman. And it’s brutal. It’s the type of thing where working out for two, three hours a day is exhausting. But for a scene like that, you know, they yell action and you give everything, even though it’s a fake fight. It’s exhausting. They call cut. You got about 30 seconds to kind of catch your breath. And then you do it again.

And you do that all day, so by the end of the day you realize, I’ve been working out all day. All day! This isn’t normal. This isn’t human. You’re so tired when you get home you fall asleep before your head hits the pillow. So at the end of those three days, you know, at the end of this scene, there was just this collective applause. It really felt like a giant accomplishment, and a solid way to kick off the movie, but it was a chore. But worth it.

What was it like, seeing yourself as Capt. America for the first time?

CHRIS:

For the first time? Uh, terrifying. Because I think the first time I saw it, it was back when I was still pretty insecure and a little apprehensive about taking the role. So it was a real dichotomy. 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, and I’ll just spit on the table for a second. It feels great now, and damn, if I had said no, I would have been the biggest fool on the planet.

Who would win in a fight between Batman and Capt. America?

CHRIS:

Oh. You’ve gotta go Captain America. Come on. I thought you were going to say Captain America and the Human Torch. That’s a tougher question. Batman? Batman? What does he have? Toys? Don’t write that. Don’t write that. It’s gotta be Captain America.

Well you saw what Batman did to Superman?

CHRIS:

Superman, that’s not even fair. Who wrote Superman? That’s not fair. What can he not do? You don’t even know! I’m not about to say what I was about to say, ’cause that’s going to be printed, and then I’ll get fired.

If you had a 2nd choice for a superhero to play, who would you choose?

CHRIS:

You know, I’ll say it: I miss Johnny Storm. I liked the Human Torch. He was a fun guy to play. I would say someone like Iron Man, but no one can touch Robert Downey Jr. It’s fun to play someone with life. It’s fun to play someone who enjoys embracing their abilities, and Johnny Storm was a lot of fun to play. And that costume was comfy. It was like a wetsuit. It was perfect.

I could see you as Flash.

CHRIS:

Oh, really. All right. I don’t know if I should take that as a good thing. Isn’t he a bit of a jerk?  Oh Ok, I’ll take it. I look good in red.

How many different shields did you have to use during the filming of this, and did you take any home?

CHRIS:

Yeah. They did. They gave me one. There’s probably like, four or five different shields. There’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. But there’s a bunch of different shields.

Where is the shield they gave you?

CHRIS:

It’s sitting in my house. It usually comes out after everyone’s had a few drinks. Photo shoots happen.

What was your most memorable moment during filming this film?

CHRIS:

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. For me, just sharing the screen with him!

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How is it working with Anthony Mackie?

CHRIS:

Did anyone see the press conference? I mean, he’s fantastic. Is he gonna come in here at some point? I can’t wait.  I want to be in the audience! He’s great. I really like him. Him and I, we’re very similar people, and this is my third movie with Mackie, you know? We’ve done, outside of the Marvel Universe, we’ve done a couple of things together, and the first time I met him wasn’t even on a film set. We met out one night, and just you know, kind of got along, right away. He just has this innate energy.

Movies can be extremely tedious and tiresome, and I have never seen him drag on a film set. He comes to set, and immediately has an energy, and everybody is smiling and laughing. And, you know, certain days when he’s not there, you’re like, ” Why is this day awful? Mackie is not here! Where’s Mackie?” He’s just, he’s a ball of energy, and you know, he’s just a very optimistic person, and it’s infectious.

What is next for Captain America?

CHRIS:

Meaning within the structure of the films? Well, that’s going to be tough to say. Marvel is so hush-hush about everything.  People ask about the Avengers 2 scripts, and you want to try and give them something, but it’s so dangerous, because you give one sentence, and that sentence is blown out of proportion.  I can’t touch it. It’s too dangerous. Avengers 2. Basically, what happens in Avengers 2. Can’t go there.

Chris is such a delight to chat with! He even took a photo with us at the end. Yep that’s me standing next to him in my 8-Bit Avengers shirt that has an 8-Bit Captain America on it. He loved it by the way! Swoon!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4th! Run out and get your tickets now!

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I was solely provided an all expense paid trip to attend this media event. All opinions are my own.

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