This is your Captain speaking
In the year's most awaited film, Hollywood hottie Chris Evans gets to wield a shield with a star and plays a hero to kids.
By Jenny Ewart/Celebritext
CHRIS EVANS reprises his role as Captain America: The First Avenger in The Avengers, alongside a stellar cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
What was The Avengers experience like for you?
Great. I mean, it's not easy for Joss (Whedon), our director. He has a tall order bringing all these characters and all these people together. I don't like to oversell things before I've seen the final product, but so far everything I'm seeing I absolutely love. I have really high hopes.
Off-camera, did you guys have any sort of fight for leadership?
No, no — nothing like that. It's been fantastic. It really feels like a team. We all get along phenomenally well on and off the set. So far, there's been no jockeying for position.
Did you feel any kind of pressure? After all, this character is so iconic and has a large fan base.
Of course. You feel pressure with every movie you make, but a film like this obviously has a giant following. Those hardcore fans are the ones that you're making the movie for. Without them, these movies don't get made. We make these movies because the producers know those hardcore fans are going to go out and buy tickets. That box-office certainty, that guarantee, is what makes producers willing to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into this film. They're the ones that we're working for and if they're not happy, we didn't do our job.
It's all about Marvel films at the moment. How does your Captain America fit in this new universe?
I hope it fits seamlessly. I love the film and I think it will fit nicely into The Avengers. I'm a little biased, though. I have a little part in it.
So what qualities do you consider heroic? Who would be your hero?
My father was my hero growing up. It's rooted in selflessness. He put himself last. That's a big thing.
I think if you are selfless, that trait manifests in so many ways. If you're selfless, I think you're patient. If you're selfless, you're compassionate. There are just so many ways that being selfless can turn into a heroic quality.
You look great in the film. Can you maintain that perfect physique?
It's too much work. If we make sequels, I'm going to have to get back into it. But there will be peaks and valleys.
You had to physically transform as Captain America, which probably took a long time. Did it take a lot of attention away from the people in your life? Was it difficult?
It wasn't too brutal. It was a four-month training process for two hours a day. So it's not like I had to go to another state or country to try and reinvent my physique. It was heavy working out. Those two hours were brutal. You go home feeling sick a lot of days because those workouts are just exhausting. But no, it didn't really pull me away from friends or family, anything like that.
As a kid, did you read the comic books that dealt with Captain America's transformation? Was that a big help for getting into the role?
Yeah. Well, I read a lot of comic books when I first got the job just to get a sense of what the fans were going to expect and what they wanted; to try to understand the character the way they understand them, and kind of mimic the body language and how he throws the shield and things like that. But for the most part, this is an origin story [backstory], so I really didn't want to dive too much into the comic books after he's Captain America. But I found the comic books that were about his transformation. There was one in particular called Methos — it was great, very similar to our script. Even the art was incredible. It looked like watercolour. That's the comic book that I kind of kept with me for the most part.