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Chris Evans (AKA: Captain America) Talks Inspiration, Stunts, and The Winter Soldier

1922503_10104694253125924_575888589_nCaptain America is coming to save the world … again. On Friday Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens everywhere, which means one big important thing — Chris Evans will be back on the big screen!

Chris Evans is the perfect Captain America: He’s handsome, hunky and goodhearted. Yes, it’s an amazing cast.

A group of us bloggers had the opportunity to sit down with the Captain and talk about his inspiration, filming, and the future of Captain America. Read our interview right here:

What qualities in Capt. America do you find in yourself?  

How do you answer that question?  He’s such a good guy. I think he’s always trying to do better. You know, 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.

 Do you find that that character has good qualities, and plays like a role model?

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. But 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.” And it’s such a great character to aspire to be. You know. It’s such a great character. 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.

-6So, that elevator fight sequence blew my mind.  The best one ever.  How long and difficult was that to shoot?

That was tough. That was the first thing we shot. That was the first, 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 built 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. And, so, 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.

And 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’re so — 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.

-7What was it like, seeing yourself as Capt. America for the first time?

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. But that’s eroded over time, and now it’s very familiar, and it feels very comfortable. It feels great now, and damn, if I had said no, I would have been the biggest fool on the planet.

Who would win in a fight between Batman and Capt. America?

Oh. You’ve gotta go Capt. America. Come on.  I thought you were going to say Capt. America and the Human Torch. That’s a tougher question. Batman? Batman? What does he have? Toys? Don’t write that. Don’t write that. It’s gotta be Cap.

How many different shields did you have to use during the filming of this, and did you take any home?

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. It’s sitting in my house. It usually comes out after everyone’s had a few drinks. Photo shoots happen.

What was your most memorable moment during filming?

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!

What is next for Captain America?

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.

-8How do you get into the mindset of a man out of time?

Well, you know, we’ve done that now. That’s kind of almost old hat. At this point, for this film, you can only tap that well so often. He can’t just be like, “Oh, Internet.” Eventually he has to adapt. He had to become acclimated. That’s why we kind of went with the, you know, shorter hair, this time. I said, “Look. I like the Howdy Doody swirl, but can we just … I’m sure he’s seen how people cut their hair. Can we tighten this up a bit?” Um. Just, you know, it’s not a bad look, and I kind of am rockin’ it now, but just give him a little bit more of a — you know.

It’s — so it’s not so much about tech shock and the acclimation to how the world — it’s more about adjusting to society, I suppose. Or just the way government works. You know. I think in the ’40s, who’s bad? Nazis are bad. We can all agree on that. I think given those technological advancements, it becomes a little bit harder to ensure the freedom that we offer and promise.

And as a result, it becomes this gray area of, in order to guarantee people’s safeties, you may have to infringe upon their civil liberties. And this is where it bumps for Cap. This isn’t something he’s okay with. There’s a good line in the movie where Nick Fury says, “SHIELD takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be,” and that’s a tough pill for Cap to swallow. You know, I think a lot of compromise, in terms of morality, comes in the form of exposure. You know, the first time you’re exposed to something, it’s going to be hard to process, but the more you’re kind of around it, the more you realize the necessity.

So, this is all just new for Cap, and it just rubs him the wrong way, and it’s a growth experience for him.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens everywhere this Friday.

Photo Source: Walt Disney Studios

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