Anthony & Joe Russo Chat About Captain America! #CaptainAmericaEvent


Hey All!

As Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to be number one at the box office, you can’t help but think that’s a little thanks to the amazing job Anthony and Joe Russo did directing this film. I was thrilled to hear that they are returning to direct Captain America 3 and are currently working on it with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. I’m sure Captain America 3 is going to be just as amazing as 2 was.

I recently had the chance to meet these two amazing Directors to chat with them about Captain America: The Winter Soldier and this is what they had to say:

So you guys are primarily known for making comedies. What was it about this that made you want to do it? Did you want to do something new or were you really interested in working with Marvel?


Well once our comedy career got sort of up and running we always used to say, if you had asked us before we got started if we would ever be known as comedy directors we would have never guessed that. I mean, we didn’t sort of start off our directing career necessarily intending to be comedy directors. We started down that road because we wrote a comedy called “Welcome to Collinwood” that we ended up directing. Our tastes run everywhere. I mean, we shoot all kinds of things. We shoot TV, we shoot films, we shoot commercials, we shoot, we shoot TV pilots, episodes. Our tastes kind of run all over the map. We like to explore everything as filmmakers. The action genre is something that’s been on our agenda for a long, long time.


Well, it was a double whammy for us. When Marlo came to us and said, “Listen, are you interested in making Captain America – The Winter Soldier?”  One I started collecting comic books when I was 10 years old and one of the first books I ever got was a Captain America Falcon Team Up, so that’s like a 30-year dream come true for me to be able to make a comic book movie. Two, when we grew up with our father in the ’70s we used to watch The Late Show, we used to watch ’70s thrillers, and he loved those movies. We’ve seen The French Connection 100 times. So when they said, you know, “it’s a comic book movie inspired by ’70s thrillers”, I think we went out of our minds with excitement.

What were your favorite scenes to work on, and the hardest scenes to work on?


Favorite scenes, I love the relationship between Chris and Scarlett in the movie. I think that’s the real heart of the film. You know, they were extremely integral in the interpretation of those scenes, both Chris and Scarlett. They wrote some of their own dialogue. You know, they’ve been working together for so long. I think this is their fourth film together and they’ve been really good friends for years. And so they brought all that energy and chemistry to the movie and I think it really is like the spark of life in this film. Those are the easiest and funnest scenes to work on, where it was anytime we had the two of them together.


I would also add the scene with Robert Redford when he and Chris Evans are in Nick Fury’s office. I love that scene! Well number one was working with Robert Redford was certainly a career high. Secondly, it’s just, that’s such a great scene to just watch those two play chess with each other through that scene and watch Captain America be put in a position where he has to lie to somebody who’s like basically his commanding officer. It was just a really great and Robert Redford on top of it. It’s just a really exciting interesting scene and then I’ll just never forget that experience.


And the hardest scenes are the action scenes, obviously. There was a scene that’s near the end of the second act where Winter Soldier attacks Cap and Natasha and Sam in a car on the freeway and we had to shut down a freeway in Cleveland for two weeks to shoot that scene. If you could imagine in your own town if a filmmaker came in and said, “Hey we’re gonna shut down your one of your major freeways for two weeks, what do you guys think?” Have fun getting to work, right? It’s not fun. There was a lot of pressure on us ’cause there was no room for error. It was a very complicated sequence, you’ve seen the scene. We had to get all that work from the time he lands on their car till the time his mask comes off. All that work has to be done in a two-week period. So he and I worked around the clock for 14-days straight.

There hard work has certainly paid off for this spectacular film! I’m sure the next one is sure to be mind blowingly good as well!

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