There aren't too many celebrities that make me nervous. But Chris Evans? OMG. Just the thought of being in his presence gave me butterflies. Having the opportunity to interview Captain America was incredible enough— but his personality and humor made the entire experience UNFORGETTABLE!
Within seconds of entering the room (crashing Paul Bettany's interview, no less!), Chris had everyone stitches, which made me completely forget about any nervousness that I had. We were treated to an unfiltered interview of epic proportions, and as much as I want to share all the details, I need to keep some to myself. Instead, here are the highlights of my interview with Chris Evans for Captain America: Civil War. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did — and make sure to mark your calendars for May 5, when Captain America: Civil War debuts in theaters everywhere!
Chris Evans Captain America: Civil War Interview
Do you guys play pranks on set?
You know, everyone wants there to be pranks and it's not so much pranks as it’s just a camaraderie. When you're on set, you're a little tired, to be honest. Like the truth is you really are there to work. Off set is where the real disaster happens.
When you put the Captain America costume back on, how do you feel?
I feel good now, I didn't in the beginning. In the beginning it was terrifying— our brains just manage to go to the most negative thing possible, whenever there's something in front of us, you just focus on what the worst possible outcome could be. So when I began the movie, it was just like all the things that could go wrong and how this could be a mistake. Over the course of five or six movies now, it feels great. It really does. The Russo Brothers and Marvel and everyone has made it such a wonderful environment. And they've proven themselves time and time again to be great filmmakers and now, it's like a point of pride. When you see the suit, you're excited to get the suit on and you're very honored and humbled that you get to have some sort of a connection to it, because it is bigger than you. Captain America will live on, there will be other Captain Americas — it will live on, a lot longer than I will — so it's just nice to kind of have a little place in its lineage.
Captain America: Civil War is a little darker than the other films— how does that feel to transition into a darker role?
It was nice. Because I think for the most part with Cap, he's always— the trickiest thing about the character is that he's just a selfless guy, he's not one of these brooding characters where you can. as an audience member, connect to his conflict and struggle. He's very selfless, and I think to some degree it can feel vanilla — I think it can feel boring. His goal has always been doing what other people need. And I think in this movie it's the first time he kind of did what he wants and that's a little bit of a departure for him.
We've seen the fight scenes, anyone you think would be a good face off for Captain America who’s on Team Cap?
Scarlet Witch would be trouble, wouldn't she? She messes stuff up! We'd be in trouble without Scarlet Witch, we really would.
Because of your friendship with Bucky, does your friendship with Falcon change in this movie?
Yeah, that's been one of the big questions, like would he— are you— team Bucky or team Falcon? It's tricky, because in the comic books one of these guys gets the shield. I don't know what Marvel is going to do. I don't want to give them the shield anyway! Bucky is the friend from old and Falcon is the friend from today, and they're both great characters; they're both great actors. So, you know, I'm thankful it's not my decision. Whatever happens happens.
What were your thoughts when Marvel threatened to boycott Georgia if they passed the Anti-Gay bill?
I really thought that was great. My younger brother is gay and he was the one sending me these text messages being like good for Disney and it was just a nice thing to read about. I mean Disney spends huge, huge money in Georgia and I’m proud of them. I was so proud of Disney for standing up to that and making a statement and saying listen, this is what we feel, this is what we believe in. Look, it’s a hate bill that they were trying to pass, it’s one of those gray areas where you talk to these people, and they’re like well we’re allowed to think what we want. I was proud of Disney, I really was, and I was glad it happened. I was glad it worked out. And there are still some states that are messing up. I was proud to be a part of the Disney family during that.
Captain America: Civil War Opens in Theaters Everywhere May 6!
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