In July 2013 Screen Rant was invited to the Los Angeles set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while there we sat down with star Chris Evans to discuss his third starring role as the star-spangled Avenger. The Captain America sequel gives Evans and moviegoers their first chance to explore the adjustment to modern era life for the WWII legend but the film is not without elements from the past.
In our interview we speak with Evans about the use of flashbacks in Captain America 2; Rogers’ new costume and how it compares to previous iterations; beefing up the action and power of Captain America; his relationships on and off the screen with other characters and fans; the responsibility of being more like Steve Rogers in real-life; and the new directors behind the camera of The Winter Soldier.
Kevin [Feige] says the suit has a thematic arc?
Chris Evans: Okay. That doesn’t tell me what I can tell you. Sure it does. Kevin says just spill the beans. I don’t know what I can tell you. [Smiles]
Tell us how you like the new suit?
I do like the new suit a lot. I can tell you that I think a lot of people like the old suit as well, after ‘Avengers.’ Not to say nothing bad about the ‘Avengers’ suit. The ‘Avengers’ suit was wildly comfortable, but I think a lot of people enjoyed the old suit. I think a lot of people enjoyed the World War II aspect of the movie. There was something about that I think people liked.
Are you glad that your ears are getting some air?
Well, they’re not getting as much. They get some air on the new suit. I’ve always liked the ears inside. I always thought I kind of had big Dumbo ears. Whenever they tried out the helmet with the ears out, I was like, ‘Please don’t make me do this. I look so silly,’ but they did some really good things. They helped – it looks a lot better. The new suit does have the ears out, and it actually looks okay. I was like, okay. I can live with this.
Can you talk about when the movie begins, where we find Cap because we were talking to the filmmakers. He’s been around for a while now, so he’s somewhat acclimated. Does he feel pretty comfortable?
Sure, well, he feels comfortable within the structure that he’s given. He likes to serve. He likes to take orders. He’s like a herding dog. He needs a task. And I think the issue in the first two, ‘Captain America’ and the ‘Avengers’ – well, ‘Captain America’ was about giving him the opportunity. Then he got the opportunity, and then he was thrust into a different world. And in ‘Avengers’, there were so many characters, it’s tough to kind of spend too much with any one. And on this one, it’s about him trying to not just acclimate to the modern world, but it’s always been Cap’s goal to do what’s right and to be of service, to help where he can.
In this movie, I think the question is, well, what is right? I think it was a lot easier in the ’40s to know who the evil was. There’s no disputing Nazis are bad. And now, it becomes a little bit more of a difficult answers. There’s a lot more of a grey area. What is the right thing? And are you of service to that cause? That’s where it becomes a tricky dispute for Cap because things were just done differently in the 40s. Threats are different now, and precautionary measures are taken now, can be questionable and somewhat suspect in his eyes. So it’s a tough hurdle for him to jump.
In this film you get to a lot of new relationships. You get to build on a lot of old relationships. In what direction do you think the character has brought in with each of those separate relationships, Natasha, Sam?
Well, I think it’s brought in more of a human direction. Cap’s such a good guy, it’s hard for him to bleed. Not just literally, but figuratively, you know what I mean? He doesn’t want to burden anyone with his struggles, and unfortunately, that’s what makes characters dynamic and interesting. So any way we can push him in more of a human direction where he does show weakness, and he does struggle, and he does connect with people and show vulnerability, I think that grounds him a little built. It just makes him more interesting. So all the relationships, especially with Natasha and with Sam. Even though we do have the Winter Soldier, he’s more of like – we’re doing third act stuff right now – so for the meat of the film, the majority of the film, the connections that he makes, I think, really bring him to life are with Natasha and Sam.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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