Last week was the screening and premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We also attended a press conference for the movie featuring directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Feige. Last week we also posted our interview with Anthony Mackie on taking the role of Falcon.
With so many questions asked during the press conference, here are the big questions and answers from Chris Evans on portraying Captain America again.
Chris Evans on past concerns over taking on the character and being typecast as Captain America.
“Had I not done the movie, it would’ve been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would have been the biggest regret to this day, and there are many. It’s changed everything for me. Not just what it’s made me do outside of these movies but it’s so comforting knowing you’re making good movies. It would be a nightmare to trapped in a contract when you’re making films you’re not proud of. Marvel has the Midas’ Touch. So every time you suit up, you know you’re making something of quality. It’s rewarding on every level. Thank God, I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision.”
On working together with Anthony Mackie and having Falcon in the movie.
Anthony Mackie joked, “We just got cast as the remake of Lethal Weapon. We’re excited about that. It’s pretty cool. Wait, what was the question? I was holding that joke so I wasn’t listening. [to Chris] Go ahead, my bad.”
“I’ve known Anthony for a while now. This is our third movie together. It’s funny, everyone I’ve worked with up here, it’s familiar. It’s old relationships. When I first met Anthony, it wasn’t on a movie set. We got along very well. We hit it off very well, off set..”
Scarlett Johansson jumps in and asked, “Where did you meet, Chris?”
We just got along. It was very easy having this kind of repartee with him off set and I think that translates on set. You can tell right now, the guy is life, he’s energy. He just brings a certain type of spark that you need on film and you need off, as well.”
Anthony added, “I agree.”
On working with the legendary Robert Redford.
“It was amazing. It was pretty intimidating that day because he is a living legend. It’s always such a treat when someone you look up to, that much, lives up to the expectation. He could have very easily come on set and hijacked the film. Not just as an actor but given his past as a director and his experience, he could have very easily taken over. He showed up with the utmost professionalism.”
How’s it feel returning to the character and putting the costume back on?
“It always feels like it’s gets tighter. I thought it was supposed to get more comfortable but it’s gotten worse. I’m not joking. But they always make improvements on it. Once you get a good sweat going, it loosens up quite a bit.
It’s exciting. A lot of it has to do with the fact you know you’re making good movies. If you were disappointed with the previous films, it’s going to be hard to mentally prepare yourself for living in that thing for four or five months. Since Marvel just can’t stop making quality movies, it’s exciting, it’s humbling, and it’s an honor to jump back into it.
No matter how uncomfortable it is.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in the U.S. on April 4. Stay tuned for more coverage coming up.