Chris Evans Talks ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2010 at 6:30 pm,

Chris Evans in Captain America costume Chris Evans Talks Captain America: The First Avenger

Over the last few weeks several little tidbits of Captain America: The First Avenger news has slipped by, including the sneaky re-titling of the film itself. “The First Avenger” came before “Captain America” previously but now it’s listed as the other way around.

Today we’ll touch on Chris Evans preparing for the role of Steve Rogers and how he was hesitant at first to take the Captain America job because of how it would affect his lifestyle. We’ll also discuss Evans’ feeling on co-star Sebastian Stan and the relationship between their characters, and lastly, we’ll talk about the tone of the film and how it compares to other genre super hero flicks.

Chris Evans Prepares to be an Avenger

MTV had a chance to speak with Chris Evans at Comic-Con about the Captain America movie and have broken the interview into a several little pieces over the last two weeks. Putting the key ones together, here’s what Evans has to say about preparing for the role:

  • Evans explains hesitation and decision to accept Captain America offer.

“It wasn’t an easy yes. I was nervous… I get nervous in things like this and Captain America just means a lot of this. I was in a really happy place in my life; kind of in a happy medium place in my career and Captain America just changes things and there’s no ‘off’ switch once you walk down that road… There was nothing wrong with the project… I love the people involved, the characters, the script, Hugo [Weaving]. There was nothing wrong there. It was just about the lifestyle change and whether or not I was willing to do it. But there’s no turning back now. I’m just trying to make all the negatives [into] positives and just enjoy the ride.”

  • Evans has always been in top shape but he’s hit the gym hard to fill out the Captain America costume. He also wears a bodysuit however, to fill out the costume and give him that needed size.
  • Evans came into the project knowing nothing about the characters or history of Captain America, only that he’s an iconic and well-known figure in comics. As part of the job, he’s been reading up to learn as much as he can about the origins, history and characters of Captain America:

“Personally, when I was going through the comic books, the ones that were the most intriguing were the origin stories… I just kind of wanted to get as many different takes on how this guy started out, because that’s the story we’re telling. I just wanted to know who he was prior to this happening to him. I think if that character is someone that the audience can relate to, we win.”

An All-Star Cast

sebastian stan bucky captain america Chris Evans Talks Captain America: The First Avenger

Sebastian Stan is Bucky Barnes in Captain America

As any Captain America fan knows, one of the most important characters in his life and part of his history was his relationship with Bucky Barnes. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941, Bucky appeared alongside Steve Rogers in nearly every appearance during their efforts in World War II. Sebastian Stan signed a three-picture contract to play Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger and in potential sequels, and Evans is having a great time sharing the screen with him.

“Sebastian Stan is fantastic. He just started his first day at work. They make for a great relationship,” Evans told MTV. “So far, I think the plot line between Steve and Bucky has been fantastic… An origin story is so effective in trying to set up who these people were and the relationships they had prior to these extraordinary things happening to them,” he said. “I think it could really sell the relationship between Steve and Bucky and Steve and Erskine. It’ll only pay off more in the end.”

Thinking ahead, Bucky was brought back into the Marvel comics universe in 2008 after having been dead for decades and decades. They even went as far as Bucky becoming Captain America after Steve Rogers was assassinated – could we see Bucky appear in the modern era in the films?

Continue to Page 2 for Evans discussing the “light” vs. “dark” tone of Captain America!

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  1. “From the brief glimpse of the film, from a scene featuring Hugo Weaving played for us at Comic-Con”….Man I would of loved to see that but I will take your word for it.

    If the whole movie is taking place in World WarII,it would seem to come with a dark tone. Nothing is good about war.

    Well whatever. Captain America is coming to big screen with a strong cast behind it. The Shield looks sweet. As it stands, so far so good.

  2. I’ve seen the comic con clip with Weaving, and yes it does look cool, I got a genuine Joe Johnston vibe from that scene, and I’m looking forward to seeing this in its period setting, should make for something a little different anyway.

    I saw Evan’s in London about a month and a half ago, he has really bulked up, and this looks to have a good supporting cast too. I like Evan’s he’s a good actor, especially in Sunshine.

    The costume is a bit meh, but then again, it was never the best superhero costume anyway.

    • Evans is a good actor? says whoo?

      • Says me. and I’m the only person whose opinion matters to me. He was excellent in Sunshine

        • Don’t forget how Evans stunk up the screen the last time he dipped his toes into the comic book movie pool. If he couldn’t pull of a character as simplistic as Johnny Storm, how on Earth is he going to pull off one of the most iconic superheroes to ever appear in a comic book?

          • Actually, he played Johnny Storm quite well: brash, impulsive, immature, childishly clever, and often shallow (while needing attention and acceptance). Evans got the character right on the mark. Now, were THE F4 MOVIES good? Not particularly…but Evans was certainly not at fault for that.

            • Let us not forget that he was most likely playing out what was written in his script.

          • HA! You must not know anything about Johnny Storm, because to me, he WAS him. Nailed him perfectly. Wise ass kid enjoying his powers but having fierce love for fam and friends?? Yup, point ON.

          • He was perfect for Johnny Storm, probably one of the only good parts of those movies.

          • well i must say they may redo fantastic 4 again
            i mean look at spiderman
            plus they can’t have to superheros looking the same.

        • @DrSam

          Im with you on all the way on this one Sam.I thought he was awesome in Sunshine(a very underrated film).

          I think he will do a good job as Cap.I still have issues with trying to picture him as Captain America,but I have alot of faith after his preformance in Sunshine.My main concern is the costume.I am soooo anxious to see him in it.The photos that are online look pretty awesome and very “Ultimate-ish”.This is definitely on my can’t wait

    • I’m shocked Sam. I didn’t expect you to think Evans was good.

      I don’t hate the guy I think he’s ok. Very good at comedic roles, but I didn’t think he was very good in sunshine honestly. His performance was very lack luster for me. It’s also hard for me to take him serious he just has a comedic face and it really makes him seem less like a Captain America type.

      I want to say again I don’t hate him he’s a great comedic actor he just isn’t a great actor in my opinion and really can’t pull off serious.

  3. So far this is looking pretty good. I like the cast and costume. My problem is them thinking about doing more than one of these movies. If you are going to give Cap it should really just go:
    Captain America the First Avenger
    The Avengers movies
    Death of Captain America.
    Reality is that Cap doesn’t have good enough bad guys. Most all of his villains are from the Avengers. If you are going to make more than that then have Tarintino direct it and it will be the best of both worlds. Captain America meets Inglorious Bastards.
    “Oh my God… You killed Bucky. You Bastards.”

    • Thats the problem with many of the Marvel characters. Once you have used their main villains in a film then where do you go from there?

      Iron Man certainly has that problem, as does the Hulk and Captain America, and Daredevil. They might have to start borrowing villains from other franchises.

      • Yeah, you can’t use Doom everytime. :)

        • Indeed.

    • Tarantino would kill the whole franchise. Besides, if he can’t make a movie with excessive slo-motion and over-the-top use of blood, he can’t make a film. Horrible, horrible film maker. KEEP HIM AWAY FROM COMIC BOOK FILMS!!!

      • Tarantino has never made a film with way too much slo-mo and constant blood flow.Kill Bill 1 and 2 are about the only ones that have had slow mo and constant blood.Have you ever seen Jackie Brown,Pulp Fiction and,Resevior Dogs? Each film included blood and violence,but never over usage of blood and slow-mo.

        Tarantino has also said that he wont make a comic book movie b/c the fanboy community complain too much about content and depiction.So that maybe off the table.If anybody uses slow-mo quite often its Zack Synder,however he usage is pretty well done to me.But honestly I dont mind opinions,but to say Tarantino is a horrible filmaker is ridiculous.Thats like saying Uwe Boll is the next Hitchcock

      • I’m glad to see someone agree. He complains that fans are too into the detailing and content because, well, he’s terrible at that. If you listen to the dialogue of all of his characters, they’re all the same – puppets speaking Tarantino’s words. Don’t even get me started on his stealing of everything from East Asia style and directing and mashing it together and calling it Tarantino! /rant

    • Thats what simply angered me about the Xmen franchise.They kept using the brotherood over and over when the Xmen have one of the best Rogue galleries in Comics and second best in Marvel Comics (I think Spider man has the best).

      But borrowing villians can be done if they choose the right one.I have always wondered what would Kingpin do in a Spider-Man movie.But is Kingpin a spider man rogue or Daredevil Rogue?

      • I would say both. There’s plenty of Kingpin stories in some of the early Amazing Spider-Man books. I think in later years though the Kingpin gravitated more towards the Daredevil books.

  4. I don’t think he’s the best actor, but I always find him very likeable in every performance I’ve seen him in.

    • I agree. While he is not the best actor he has pretty much been solid in everything he has been in. He played an alright role in Street Kings.

  5. The wings still need to be painted on, that helmet looks generic and plain without them.

    • He wears more than one costume in the film, so we’ll just have to wait and see :)

  6. Does anyone else feel that Hugo Weaving should have been Sinestro in GL and that Mark Strong would make a better Red Skull?

    • @Andy S I totally agree, Hugo Weaving is “Menacing” but Mark Strong is “Scary”. I agree they got it wrong,but I hope I’m wrong.

  7. Am I the only one that thinks Cap will have a problem with Transformers 3 coming out like 2 weeks before, cause we all know Transformers is gonna rake in major money at the Box Office, especially if it’s the best of the series.

    • Na it’s two weeks later. Transformers opens big but drops big as well. A huge opening with about a 60% drop it’s second weekend and by the time Cap comes out at least another 50% drop. Cap will be fine as long as people like it.

      • But what about the last Harry potter movie? Cap comes out only seven days after HP.

  8. This all looks good cant wait to see this one. I don’t mind Evans either he was good in sunshine. the first fantastic four wasn’t all that bad it strayed a lot yeah but it was fun, now ff2 they seemed to forget what was going on a lot in that one.