Chris Evans is not only immensely talented, but he’s just a great guy. I’ve been lucky enough to interview him a few times over the years and each time he has been the same genuine down to earth person that he was the time before. Not only that, but this guy is INSANELY hilarious. He can get a room laughing quicker than anyone I have interviewed before. In between our laughter, we learned a lot about the guy behind Captain America. Check out the interview below:
Q: Obviously it looks like there’s a lot of fun on set. Do you guys play pranks?
Chris: Everyone wants there to be pranks and it’s not so much pranks as it’s just a camaraderie. You know what I mean, when you’re on set, you’re a little tired, to be honest. The truth is you really are there to work. Really. Certain movies I’ve done, comedies where everyone is a little more loose. On these movies there are people who are really there to work and so you don’t want to diminish their experience or disrespect their process. So for the most part on set, you’re not, not tame, we still have fun. Days when it’s just me and Paul, we’re giggling a lot more. There are certain actors who really are austere in their approach and you really want to respect that. Off set is where the real disaster happens [LAUGHTER]
Q: When you put the uniform back on and the costume back on, how do you feel?
Chris: I feel good now, I didn’t in the beginning… in the beginning it was terrifying. Don’t all our brains just manage to go to the most negative thing possible, whenever there’s something in front of us, you just focus on what the worst possible outcome could be. When I began the movie, it was just like all the things that could go wrong and how this could be a mistake. Over the course of five or six movies now, it feels great. It really does. The Russo Brothers and Marvel and everyone has made it such a wonderful environment and they’ve proven themselves time and time again to be great filmmakers. Now, it’s like a point of pride, when you see the suit, you’re excited to get the suit on and you’re very honored and humbled that you get to have some sort of a connection to it, because it is bigger than you, you know what I mean. Captain America will live on, there will be other Captain Americas. It will live on a lot longer than I will. So it’s just nice to kind of have a little place in its lineage.
Q: This one is a little darker than the others have been, so how does that feel to transition into a darker role?
Chris: It was nice. The trickiest thing about the character is that he’s just a selfless guy, he’s not one of these brooding characters where you can kind of as an audience member connect to his conflict and struggle. He’s very selfless, and I think to some degree it can feel vanilla. I think it can feel boring. His goal has always been doing what other people need. I think in this movie it’s the first time he kind of did what he wants and that’s, a little bit of a departure for him.
It’s nice because it’s motivated by family. Cap doesn’t have- he woke up seventy years later and everyone he knows is dead. You have Bucky this one guy, this one person who is the, remaining chapter of his life before. So you’re pitting his current family with his old family and you can’t ask any man to choose that. It’s like taking the friends you went to high school with compared to the friends you met in college it’s- these are two worlds you got to try and somehow find a way to blend. For Cap, Bucky is his only remaining thing and it’s the first time he’s really kind of said I’m choosing me. Over you. It’s tough for him but I like that. It gives him a little bit of conflict because he can be a little boring. [LAUGHTER]
Q: What was the hardest scene to shoot? The flexing scene with the helicopter?
Chris: The hardest scene? Like my arm to this day is not the same. It’s a fake helicopter obviously and we did the first couple takes and you’re holding and then it wasn’t- the helicopter was so you’re just like faking nothing [LAUGHS] So you’re like, let’s drift the helicopter, it’s on a rig, so you can actually move it. They did move it and it actually required actually have to hold and when you’re holding…I did something, not like I’d get any sympathy out of you any way [LAUGHTER] obviously I didn’t. I really did bang something up. It was a tricky scene, but that, those scenes are good scenes. I think it’s harder doing scenes with Downey, because he’s such a force, you know what I mean. He’s so good and he owns the oxygen, and he comes in the room and he’s powerful and the movie is the spine of the film is that conflict.
There’s a limited amount of scenes where it’s really just us, when we’re not fighting, just us talking. That’s the framework for the conflict. If you don’t invest in those moments, the conflict is going to be sour and fall flat. So those few scenes that we have where it’s just him and I were really intimidating to make sure you want to match him. He’s scary because he’s so good. He’s just good at anything he does. He changes things on the fly so you just want to try and keep up sparring wise, that you can kind of hang with him. So those scenes were the most terrifying. Terrifying, I’ll say terrifying. [LAUGHTER]
Q: Because of your friendship with Bucky, is your friendship with Falcon changing in this movie?
Chris: Yeah that’s been one of the big questions, like are you team Bucky or team Falcon, it’s tricky, because in the comic books, one of these guys gets the shield. I don’t know what Marvel is going to do, what a strange thing, I don’t want to give them the shield anyway [LAUGHTER] but I guess I gotta, which is fine. Listen, it’s not my job to pick, it’s a beautiful relationship. Buck, like I said, Bucky is the, the friend from old and Falcon is the friend from today and they’re both great people, the both great characters, they’re both great actors. So, I’m thankful it’s not my decision. Whatever happens happens.
Q: What were your thoughts when Marvel threatened to boycott Georgia if they passed the Anti-Gay bill?
Chris: It was great. I really thought that was great. My younger brother is gay and he was the one sending me these text messages being like good for Disney and it was just a nice thing to read about. Say you know what, I mean Disney spends huge- huge money in Georgia and I’m proud of them. I was so proud of Disney for standing up to that. Making a statement and saying listen, this is what we feel, this is what we believe in and, look it’s a hate bill that they were trying to pass, it’s one of those gray areas where you talk to these people, and they’re like well we’re allowed to think what we want. It’s one of those really tricky things where you need to be able to be an intelligent speaker. You need to be able to somehow articulate, listen, I understand what you’re saying but- I was proud of Disney, I really was, and I was glad it happened, I was glad it worked out. There are still some states that are messing up but, I was proud to be a part of the Disney family during that.
Q: As Captain America, you are my son’s favorite superhero. Growing up who was your favorite superhero?
Chris: Oh I didn’t have one. I had an older sister and I think anyone who has siblings. It’s funny like that’s why I want when I have kids, I’d love for my oldest child to be a girl, because I think it softens up the boy, we had a girl, me, and my younger brother. Whatever Carly wanted to do, we did. So My Little Pony and Care Bear that was it. I’m like just being in Carly’s room was a big deal. Just being in Carly’s room, you’re like [STAMMERS] don’t mess it up, just sit here whatever she gives us to play with, that’s what we’re playing with. She’d give us the fuzzy My Little Ponies. She’d give us the fuzzy ones that had to give me willies. Like most of the ones that we had, we were like fine, okay. So, it was My Little Ponies, Cabbage Patch, Care Bears. I didn’t have a brother being like, GI Joe. I was a lot softer than that. So comic books were not on my radar. I liked Star Wars, which was maybe the coolest thing about me, but that was my dad being like please, [LAUGHTER] please like Han Solo and I was like, but Tender Heart Bear [LAUGHTER].
Captain America: CIVIL WAR
Yep, Chris Evans holds a piece of my part. He’s a great actor and is just a real down to earth funny guy. He will be around for years to come.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.
***Disclosure: I’ll be attending the #CaptainAmericaEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***