How much is Steve thinking about the past versus looking towards the future?
That was another thing we tried to figure out in this movie because, again, a lot of people really did like the ’50s, ’40s aspect of the first movie. And even those characters, you know what I mean? Like all those guys in the howling commandos was great. You’re trying to think of how you can work them back in, but I think eventually, that could get tired if it’s always like, Well, it’s not the ’40s. Like, shut up. We get it. You miss the ’40s. So we try to strike a balance, but it’s not like every other scene he’s having flashbacks.
Do you have any scenes with Robert Redford?
Yeah. I did. Sundance. It was great. He’s so good. I was so nervous the first day, and within ten minutes, I was like, oh, thank God. Because you never know. You never know how these people are going to be at that level, and he’s just the nicest guy in the world. I mean, it’s not like he can’t direct. He could have very easily come on the set and made it his set, and he just didn’t do that. He has immense respect, and he’s not one of those guys. The first day that we shot together, it was like a 15 hour day. And at the end, the Russos like their coverage, and at the end of the day, it was a lot of my stuff. And he had very minimal lines. He really could have left. I know a lot of actors that would have left and then been like, ‘You cool doing this with someone else?’ Which I think kind of sucks when actors do that. But he didn’t do it. He stuck around. It’s past midnight, and this guy’s here doing off camera for me. It’s classy. He’s just a classy guy, talented guy. He classes up this whole project.
How protective are you of the character at this point? Do you feel like it’s okay to be vocal if you disagree with something?
Yeah, yeah. I am now. The first movie, I just felt like, I was lucky to be around. And the second movie, you just don’t want to piss anyone off. There’s so many other amazing people here, and now, you start feeling like, well, I’m throwing this barbecue too. It’s a strange feeling being like, well, hang on. What if we did it like this? It’s a nice feeling to kind of come into your own. I think the first movie, I didn’t even – I’d see myself in the suit, I’d be like, ‘Who’s that idiot in the suit?’ It’s starting to feel more like real or home or something. So you do start caring a little bit more, and you do run into those kids. And they do have this impact, and it’s a very nice thing. You start – it’s a responsibility now. So I don’t want to make it sound like it’s going to my head or anything. You just care a little bit more about making sure it’s good quality stuff because we’re going to run the contract. There’s no way I’m not going to be doing – we’re going to be doing ‘Avengers 2.’ We’re probably going to do ‘Avengers 3.’ These things will happen. So you want to make sure it’s pointed in the right direction. You don’t want to step on toes, but there’s room to be vocal. And that’s the best thing about Marvel. You can be stuck in a contract, at a much worse place, a lot worse places. Marvel’s very collaborative, and you feel the love from Marvel.
Are you officially the person that’s been in the most super hero movies in the world now, or is it Sam Jackson?
Maybe, I don’t know. Is it Sam? Well, how many has he done? Count. What does he have? I only have the other two Fantastic Fours, right? Do I have any other ones?
I think actually Hugh Jackman?
Hugh Jackman might have them.
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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