Only a few hours ago, I attended Los Angeles press junket for Marvel Captain America: The First Avenger. As I said last night, when I posted the clips and behind the scenes footage, I really liked this movie and I think everyone involved did an amazing job of bringing the life of Captain America. Believe me, if you’re nervous, Chris Evans, cap, or that Marvel can not compensate for the image you intimidated by next weekend.
However, in the binge today, I can participate in a roundtable interview Evans. He talked about how nervous he got the role, how it will remain on the land, which is like playing two characters in the film when you could not see the first (who was filming the Avengers), the way I wanted to direct, and of course, I wonder how it happened Avengers. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Chris Evans-Captain-America-movie-toy And one last thing before the interview. While I can talk to many people when they promote their latest film, I would say that Evans is a great to talk to so many answers are always honest and real. If you have time, I really recommend listening to the interview.
Question: I think this is maybe the most important question of the day.
Chris Evans: Oh God!
Can you talk about the Brazilian barbecue in other states?
Evans: The Brazilian barbecue?
Yeah, I was going to make a joke about Albuquerque butâ€¦
Evans: Oh! (laughs) Yeah, you were out there. You saw. You and I, man, we donâ€™t belong out there, dude. Iâ€™ve been out in Albuquerque for two or three months now. This is my tan. What youâ€™re looking at is two or three months in Albuquerque. Everyone else is looking like gold and fantastic and Iâ€™m like powder.
People are finally seeing Captain America and youâ€™ve been working on Avengers for awhile now, and youâ€™ve sort of been playing a character that no one has seen for awhile, and now that people are finally seeing it, do you feel a little relieved that people are really digging your take?
Evans: Are they digging my take?
I thought the movie was fucking awesome.
Evans: Awesome, man. Thatâ€™s my dude. Thatâ€™s part of the worry. It was nice continuity-wise to be able to go literally from Captain America right into The Avengers. To keep yourself in the same frame of mind is nice as an actor, but itâ€™s also nice to get some feedback from the audience. At the end of the day, weâ€™re making these movies for the fans, and especially the hardcore fans, and theyâ€™re the ones that Iâ€™m most concerned about. Theyâ€™re the ones that Iâ€™d love to get some response from and adjust accordingly. If they thought one way or another, Iâ€™ve got no problem cutting my cloth according to what people are looking for, because, like I said, we wouldnâ€™t be making them without them. It is tricky not being able to gauge the response before diving into The Avengers. If they hate it, hopefully I can make some adjustments before the sequel.
Your character undergoes a physical transformation on the outside, but his mind remains the same. Have you had this experience in real life where youâ€™ve changed on the outside but youâ€™re still trying to remain true to yourself?
Evans: Do I have this experience? Well, donâ€™t we all? I guess. I think we all do. I think no matter what goes on around you, we all try to maintain who we are. I donâ€™t think any of us can go through that radical of a physical transformation that he goes through though.
What made you decide to work on this project and do you consider yourself to be a sexy man because of the transformation?
Evans: (laughs) Those are two very different questions. Part A. I chose to do this movie. Why did I decide to do this movie?
To be a sex symbol.
Evans: Well said. Well done. I chose to do this movie because it was the thing that I think I was the most scared of. You know what I mean? I think it was one of the things that at first I ran from it because it was just not what I was looking for. But it wasnâ€™t what I was looking for because I was just scared of it for a lot of reasons. And then, all of a sudden, it did like a 180. All of a sudden it felt like, you know, Chris, if youâ€™re scared of something, you should just push yourself into it. Just do it. I think you regret the things you donâ€™t do more than the things you do, especially if you donâ€™t do it out of fear. So I did it because I was scared of it.
Scared of playing another superhero or scared of playing that superhero.
Evans: No, I would have been fine playing a superhero if it was one movie and I would have been fine playing a superhero maybe if it was my first time around. The reason I was scared was because initially it was 9 pictures, then it came down to 6 movies. Even 6 movies, thatâ€™s 10 years, dude. I mean, I could be doing this until Iâ€™m 40. To make a decision, I donâ€™t know what Iâ€™ll be passionate about tomorrow. What if I just donâ€™t want to do this anymore? What if it gets weird or too much or I fall in love with writing or something else and I just want to do something else? Or I just want to move to the mountains, whatever. My freedom is gone if I do this movie. Youâ€™re signing something away and I just guess I wasnâ€™t 100 percent positive that the end game in my life was to be a gigantic movie star. And if youâ€™re not 100 percent committed to that goal, making this decision is kind of scary. That, mixed with itâ€™s a big lifestyle change too.
A lot of gym time.
Evans: I donâ€™t mind. Thatâ€™s not the worst thing in the world. Thatâ€™s okay. It feels good going to the gym. Thatâ€™s it basically. It was the commitment. It was a potential lifestyle change. If the movie had been in a vacuum, if it had been a onetime gig, a one pop shot, if the movie is a wild success and I canâ€™t go to the grocery store and thatâ€™s messing with me, then I can take a step back and say maybe Iâ€™ll retreat for a year, two years, three years, whatever, until I feel okay again. Thatâ€™s just not the way this operates. If I lose anonymity and itâ€™s something I canâ€™t cope with, guess what? Too bad, I better figure it out because Iâ€™ve got to get back to work in 6 months. That is the reason I was kind of scared of it. And, I do consider myself a sex symbol. Iâ€™m joking! Iâ€™m joking!
Getting back to what you were just saying, youâ€™re filming The Avengers now and your face is all over these posters, the toys. This is the week where you basically go from Chris Evans to being known as Captain America. Can you talk about what this week is like for you? Youâ€™re obviously on hiatus, youâ€™re filming, youâ€™re doing TV, youâ€™re going to Comic Con, and doing this.
Evans: I just gotta get through this week. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been telling myself since like three weeks ago. I just gotta get through. If I can just get to the 22nd, Iâ€™ve made it. This is all tricky stuff for me. I love roundtables. Iâ€™ve always told my publicist â€œGive me roundtables.â€ I love it. This just feels like a conversation. This feels fine to me. This feels nice. I donâ€™t mind this at all. Press with studio audiences, cameras, red carpets where thereâ€™s a lot of people, I just donâ€™t do well. I donâ€™t know what it is. I canâ€™t turn my third eye off. I feel very self-conscious. And I knew thatâ€™s what was coming. I knew that was going to be the wave. And then, the lifestyle stuff too. I went to the gym yesterday, at Ballyâ€™s, and it was different, just different. Youâ€™re signing things. Youâ€™re like, man, I guess I knew this was going to happen. Iâ€™m trying to not let it â€¦you know itâ€™s going to come in waves. Itâ€™s going to come in waves. Thatâ€™s what I keep telling myself. This is just now. This is just right now. In three months, Iâ€™ll be able to go back to Ballyâ€™s and no one will bother me.
(journalist shaking his head no) No.
Evans: (laughs) Donâ€™t say that. Please donâ€™t say that. Donâ€™t say that!
You gotta use some of the money youâ€™re gonna be making to buildâ€¦
Evans: â€¦to build my own gym. I know.
â€¦in your place.
Evans: Just listen. Of course, people are going to bug me now. My face is on a lot of places right now. Itâ€™s just one day at a time. I think I used to, I know before I took this movie, I was veryâ€¦you just start looking ahead and you can send yourself into a tailspin, just like what could be and how will I ever manage this. One day at a time. Thatâ€™s the mantra.
Do you talk to guys like Tommy Lee Jones to see how they handle it?
Evans: Sure. Downey has been fantastic. I cannot say enough about Robert Downey Jr. I love that guy. I love him. Heâ€™s so great and heâ€™s so willing to talk about this stuff. This is all new. It is new for me. Iâ€™ve made movies but nothing like this. Itâ€™s great to be able to talk to someone whoâ€™s been in a spot like this for good and bad reasons. He has so much presence and charisma and confidence. He seems so centered and peaceful. He seems like life. He seems happy. Isnâ€™t that the goal? I love being able to talk to him about this stuff.
How do you stay grounded when your life is changing like this? Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Evans: I donâ€™t know. Hopefully, Iâ€™ll be the exact same guy. I just moved back to Boston. I just moved back to where Iâ€™m from and thatâ€™s a big thing. That helps a lot for me. Thereâ€™s something about L.A., where just even when youâ€™re not working, you feel like youâ€™re working. I donâ€™t know what that is. Something about L.A., itâ€™s just the heartbeat of this industry. Just about anyone you run into or talk to, it feels almost like work to me. And then, you go back to Boston. My buddies hate my movies. They think Iâ€™m the worst actor on the planet. Iâ€™m very quickly reminded of who I was and who I am. Itâ€™s a good environment. Itâ€™s a much healthier environment for me. So hopefully, in ten years, itâ€™ll be the same guy, and hopefully, Iâ€™ll be able to attribute that to the people who knew me before.
How much of the forties did you want to consciously incorporate into Steve Rogers â€“ certainly the good aspects like that old school earnest heroism, but also maybe the bad side as well â€” like some of that initial prejudiced reaction when you first see Jim Morita?
Evans: I donâ€™t have that reaction. Captain America, he doesnâ€™t see color. (laughs) We werenâ€™t trying to bring that back. What a crazy question! In no way did I approach the character and say, â€œYou know what Steve Rogers could use? A little racism. A little of that 40s racism. Letâ€™s sprinkle a little bit of that in.â€
Itâ€™s something that was there in the 40s. It is different.
Evans: Oh sure, but I donâ€™t think in any way did I approach this and say, in no way would I think that the character would be more fleshed out by letting that bubble up to the surface.
What do you think about how some countries like South Korea and Russia have changed the name of the movie and eliminated Captain America?
Evans: Thatâ€™s right. They did. Iâ€™ve been rehearsing my political response to that very question, and the truth is, thatâ€™s not my department. Itâ€™s such a tricky question. Again, I donâ€™t know why we chose those markets to change our name. Iâ€™m sure there are people around the world who question Americaâ€™s current political position in the world, but Iâ€™m an actor. I make movies. In no way do I know how to navigate those obstacles. They changed them and I couldnâ€™t tell you why.
This movie should be a vehicle for you to be able to hone in on some passion projects for you. Do you have any in mind?
Evans: Porno. (laughter) I think Iâ€™d be great. I really think Iâ€™ve got a future.
Iâ€™ll bet theyâ€™re gonna make you wear the outfits. Where does the shield go?
Evans: (laughter) Iâ€™m glad this is being recorded. I would love to direct. Iâ€™ve been saying it for awhile. Itâ€™s a tricky thing to make the transition because Iâ€™ve never directed before and itâ€™s going to take a really crazy person to trust me with a film. I canâ€™t tell you how often I sit on set and just desperately wish I was in charge. Itâ€™s not just about being a control freak. Itâ€™s that I love films and I love acting. I think the reason I got into acting is because I like movies. I just like movies. I like all movies. Thereâ€™s nothing I donâ€™t like. Pick a genre, I like it all. I would be happy to direct anything. You could give me any movie in the world and Iâ€™d be happy to direct it. I would just love to create the story, create the journey a little bit more, and I think it would suit what Iâ€™m looking for as far as a lifestyle is concerned. I think it would really fit me well.
I think Marvel will get you on the seventh picture.
Evans: Me directing. Wouldnâ€™t that be great? Wouldnâ€™t that be great!
Could you talk a little bit about how The Avengers is going? Can you tell fans what they should be excited about?
Evans: Itâ€™s going great. Itâ€™s going really well. I mean, Joss (Whedon), I really tip my hat to Joss. He has such a difficult job and every day we come to set and you read how the film is going to be shot or a scene is going to be shot but you donâ€™t know what heâ€™s going to do with the camera and then heâ€™ll open up. Usually when youâ€™re filming, the first shot is some sort of a master shot where before you punch into the coverage of the scene, you start with some wide shot to just get the whole layout of the scene. Typically, those shots are a little bland. Itâ€™s just kind of letâ€™s map out the scene with a wide shot and then weâ€™ll come in with some interesting coverage to spoon feed the story along to the audience. Even his masters have energy and action and you watch playback and youâ€™re like man, this is going to have some life and itâ€™s going to have a really good feel to it. Even a simple scene, Joss manages to give the camera some interesting action. And again, I canâ€™t say enough about the actors involved â€“ Downey and Ruffalo. Each day you watch these guys do things and youâ€™re like man, I hope Iâ€™m not the weak link in this movie. I gotta work harder. I gotta go home and study my lines â€˜cause these guys are great. I have really high hopes for it.
By the way, I enjoy your Dunkinâ€™ Donuts at home.
Evans: I know. I donâ€™t know why they donâ€™t have Dunkinâ€™ Donuts out here.
Weâ€™ve had this conversation before.
Evans: Have we?
Evans: Itâ€™s ridiculous.
You should really work on this.
Evans: I should. Thatâ€™s the next goalâ€¦after porn.
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