***Disclosure: I attended The #CaptainAmericaEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. Pictures provided by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
Chris Evans is just a good guy. Period. This is the 2nd time I’ve met him and both times he’s been relaxed, fun, and thoughtful. This guy truly is Captain America. PLUS, he looks pretty darn good in the outfit. Check out our interview with him below:
Q: What qualities in Capt. America do you find in yourself?
CHRIS: Aww. How do you answer that question? He’s such a good guy. ‘Cause there’s no way to sound — all right, what do I find in myself? You know. I think he’s always trying to do better. 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.
Q: Do you find that that character has good qualities, and plays like a role model?
CHRIS: Oh, completely. Yeah. When I took the role, there’s a kid that I grew up with. This kid named Charlie. You can all write this down. Charlie Morris. He’ll love this. But he won’t. He’ll hate this, ’cause he’s Capt. America. He’s like, the best kid I know. He was an Eagle scout and being an Eagle scout is not easy. You’ve got to really do it for a long time. He’s just such a good man, and he genuinely, genuinely puts himself last. He lives by a code. When nobody’s looking, he’s the man that he wants to be, and that’s impressive.
And so when I took the role, I told Charlie, “Listen. I’m modeling this after you.” It’s such a great character to aspire to be. You know. If you’ve got to go to set every day and try and tweak your brain into a certain state of mind, that’s a pretty good place to be.
Q: 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. The first scene in the movie. 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 was — there wasn’t much opportunity to hide with a stuntman. It’s just, 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.
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 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.
Q: What was it like, seeing yourself as Capt. America for the first time?
CHRIS: Ah, for the first time. Uh, terrifying. Because I think the first time I saw it, it was back when I was still pretty, um…insecure, and a little apprehensive about taking the role. So, it was — it was a real dichotomy. There was a simultaneous joy, but at the same time, a deep fear. 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.
Q: 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 liked, you know, 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.
Q: 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. I got — there’s probably like, four or five different shields. 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. But there’s a bunch of different shields but they did send me one.
Q: Where is it?
CHRIS: It’s sitting in my house. It usually comes out after everyone’s had a few drinks. Photo shoots happen.
Q: What was your most memorable moment during filming?
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. So, for me, just sharing the screen with him, I mean, c’mon. That’s it? All right!
Q: 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. I — 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. I can’t touch it. It’s too dangerous. Yeah. Avengers 2. Basically, what happens in Avengers 2. Can’t go there.
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