Chris Evans. You probably know him as Marvel’s Captain America. I have now interviewed the superhero twice. I have friends that have interviewed him 3 or 4 times, and one thing that everyone says, he’s always the same. He’s honest, a straight shooter, REALLY good looking, so funny, and well, more like all American than Captain America. Since he’s playing a superhero, and one that is loved by so many, you never know how much an actor brings to a character of himself. The cool thing about Chris (I think we are on a first name basis now), he’s nothing like Captain America, he is SO much more.
Being Captain America is a big part of Chris’s life. With a multi movie deal contract coming to an end, he shares his thoughts about the future of Captain America as well as how he appreciates having an older sister. You’ll be surprised for what his choice of superhero and toys when he was a kid. The interview is long, but I wanted to share it ALL with you.
Chris Evans: The Civil War Interview
Chris walked in as Paul Bettany was finishing up the interview. The are obviously great friends, and the brotherly love they share is for real. Hugs, laughs and some inside jokes, the two had our full attention. I am sure anyone near the suite we were using for the interview wondered what could be happening in our room. The guys are hilarious! Paul left us and we got down to the questions.
Paul left us and we got down to the questions.
Obviously with the chemistry with you tow, it looks like there’s a lot of fun on set. Any good prank stories?
You know, everyone wants there to be pranks and it’s not so much the pranks as it’s just a camaraderie. I think when you’re on set, you’re a little tired, to be honest. Like 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, but we, 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! (Laughing)
Lots of late nights?
When you put the uniform back on and the costume back on, how do you feel?
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? So when I began the movie, it was just like all the things that could go wrong and how this could be a mistake. And 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 and now, it’s 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. What I mean is, Captain America will live on, there will be other Captain Americas, there will. 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.
This one is a little darker than the others have been, so how does that feel to transition into a darker role?
It was nice because I think for the most part with Cap, 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 ask 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. And 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. But it’s nice because it’s motivated by family, Cap doesn’t have a family. He woke up seventy years later and everyone he knows is dead. And 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. 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”. And it’s tough for him but I like that. It gave him a little bit of conflict because he can be a little boring. (laughing)
Let’s talk about the flexing scene, with the helicopter…
Like my arm to this day is not the same. Because it’s a fake helicopter obviously. We did the first couple of scenes and you’re holding on. The helicopter, it’s on a rig, so you can actually move it. But then they did move it and it actually required to actually have to hold on. when you’re holding, it stretches. I did something. It’s not like I’d get any sympathy out of you anyway (laughing). Obviously, I didn’t. But I really did bang something up.
It was a tricky scene, but those scenes, they’re good scenes. I think it’s harder, to me, 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. The spine of the film is that conflict. So when you have those scenes, I mean, you’ve all seen the movie.
There’s a limited amount of scenes where it’s really just us when we’re not fighting, just us talking. And that’s the framework for the conflict. And those scenes, 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. You know what I mean? He’s scary because he’s so good. I mean he’s SO good. He’s just good at anything he does. He changes things on the fly so you just want to keep up sparring wise, that you can kind of hang with him. So those, those scenes were the most terrifying. Terrifying, I’ll say terrifying, terrifying. (Laughing)
We’ve seen the fight scenes, is there anyone you think would be a good face off for Captain America?
Anyone on team cap? Scarlet Witch would be trouble, wouldn’t she? She messes stuff up. She would be a problem. I don’t know, I mean we’re lucky we have her, because without her, I mean, when you look at team Iron Man, just even having the Vision. I mean, even though we all know Paul Bettany, he’s still dangerous on the battlefield. But Vision is so wonderful. And Vision is so powerful. And we’d be in trouble without Scarlet Witch, we really would.
Lots of talk of #TeamCap vs #TeamIronMan, what about Team Bucky or Team Falcon? Can you talk about those relationships?
Yeah, that’s been one of the big questions, like would he- are you- 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 (laughing) but I guess I gotta which is fine. I listen, it’s not my job to pick. Bucky is the friend from old. And Falcon is the friend from today and they’re both great people, they are both great characters, they’re both great actors. So, (laughing) I’m thankful it’s not my decision. Whatever happens, happens.
If you could go back in time and have a conversation with someone from history, who would it be with?
Conversation with someone from history. Um, that’s tough, that’s tough. It‘s tough, I mean because I don’t want to get too caught up and be pretentious. I might say someone like, Gandhi, I might say someone like Lincoln. But I think maybe for me, someone like, maybe JFK. I would just be really interested because have you guys been watching those things, the Race to the White House thing, on CNN right now, anyone watching those, so good. I really do think politics is an amazing landscape. I think it’s a really tricky thing to try to be a politician, even being an actor. Imagine being a politician, where you have to back everything you say. You have to be able to be real. You must be honest. You can’t be so political. You have to just be a plain speaking human. And I think where politics struggles is when politicians become too political. I think JFK was one of the last guys that felt to me like he’s speaking like a human and it feels like a man talking. And he was tackling enormous issues of the time. So and I think it’s a real interesting dichotomy, of being in this austere position of politician at the time when the country needed so much and he kind of had to marry so many difficult challenges. People really didn’t want him to win either. I mean like look, they shot him. In the end, they got him. So to me he is one of the most interesting characters that I can think of so I’ll say JFK.
What were your thoughts when Marvel threatened to boycott Georgia if they passed the Anti-Gay bill?
It was great. I really I thought that was great. I didn’t even know about it. 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. 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. Um, and making a statement and saying listen, this is what we feel, this is what we believe in. 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. Look, 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. And there are still some states that are messing up. I was proud to be a part of the Disney family during that.
As Captain America, you are the favorite superhero of many. Growing up who was your favorite superhero?
I didn’t have one. I have an older sister, and I think anyone who has siblings understands…it’s funny. 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 we played My Little Pony and Care Bears. That was it. Just being in Carly’s room was a big deal. You’re like, don’t mess it up, just sit here whatever she gives us to play with, that’s what we’re playing with. And she’d give us the fuzzy My Little Ponies, the plastic ones that were nice… no, she’d give us the fuzzy ones that gave me willies, you know what I mean. It was My Little Ponies, Cabbage Patch, Care Bears. I wasn’t cool enough. I didn’t have a brother being like, play with 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, (laughing) please like Han Solo and I was like, but Tender Heart Bear (laughing) it’s not untrue, it’s really sad.
And there you have it! Great read right? Enjoy a look at what to expect from Captain America: Civil War.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6/16)
* I was invited by Disney to attended the Captain America Event to share my experience with my readers. All opinions are my own.