While we'd prefer to have an official theatrical preview for director Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger to compare to the other trailers for highly-anticipated comic book pics, an insightful discussion with the man who is playing the titular superhero (Chris Evans) will suffice for now.
Evans has chatted openly before about handling Captain America's costume and shield, as well as the tone and design of the film. Now he's spoken out a bit more about the pressures that come with tackling the role of Steve Rogers and how his previous experience with Marvel comic adaptations has affected his outlook on Captain America.
Evans spoke recently with Wizard Magazine and had the following to say about the Captain:
"He's a real redeeming character to play, it's exciting to think of playing him. I actually have a friend of mine who I'm modeling the character after. This guy is actually an Eagle Scout, he's one of those guys who stayed in the Boy Scouts all the way until he was 18. He's just a good human being. He does the right things, he's open, he's honest, he's sincere, he's selfless. It's something that I think everyone aspires to. A lot of time I play characters who don't have any redeeming quality [Laughing]."
Steve Rogers is certainly one of the more, shall we say, psychologically stable and emotionally-balanced yet popular comic book heroes around. His parents or parental figures weren't murdered in front of him (a la Batman or Spider-Man); Captain America has never suffered from alcoholism or crippling narcissism (see: Iron Man); and unlike Thor, Rogers decided to become a defender of humanity by choice. So Evans seems to be very much of a proper mind about just who the character is and how to play him on the big screen.
Evans admitted that he's aware of fan concerns about his turn as the Captain - and even went so far as to agree that he's been a part of movies "that have missed the mark" in the past (cough, Fantastic Four, cough). As he put it:
"It's upsetting working as hard as you can in your respective field given the fact that a film has all these difference creative elements to it and you can only do so much with what you are expected to do. And it's a disappointment when a film comes out and it's not what you hoped it would be. There's really no formula: I've seen a lot of movies that I would have gladly walked out of the theater that made hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office."
Captain America will undoubtedly be a box office titan when it arrives next summer and the quality of both Johnston's adaptation and Kenneth Branagh's Thor will effect fan enthusiasm for Joss Whedon's The Avengers to some degree. Evans is already signed up to appear in several more Marvel pics, including the Captain America sequel, so here's hoping his incarnation of the character sits well with moviegoers and comic book lovers alike.
Captain America: The First Avenger will arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 22nd, 2011. Expect an official trailer for the film to be released in the near future.
Source: Wizard Magazine (via The Daily Blam!)