The first full Captain America trailer arrived some weeks ago and it featured Chris Evans’ Cap getting super-sized with super-soldier serum, slinging shields, beating up Nazis and Hydra agents, facing off with the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), being shot at, and jumping in the water to stop an escaping enemy (played by Richard Armitage) in a submarine. That last part was one of the zaniest sequences Evans had to do, the actor told me last month when he was in New York for our upcoming summer movie photo shoot with fellow superhero actor, Chris Hemsworth of Thor.
“It’s a pretty cool-looking thing actually,” Evans says of the scene. “He takes off and my character runs and dives in and swims after him and grabs the submarine and punches it. It’s this whole underwater thing, and as I was reading it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never done a scene underwater. This is crazy!’ And it was. It was like five days in this giant tank underwater. They yell ‘Cut!,’ you swim over to a guy with a respirator and a tank, and you breathe. Then you take it out and he yells again. It was just a crazy thing but it was fun.”
We’ll have more from Evans closer to the April 15-17 issue featuring the pair of Marvel Comics heroes, but read below for what the former Fantastic Four star thought of the 1940s aesthetic of Captain America (in theaters July 22) and his superheroic threads.
Captain America director Joe Johnston is no stranger to action-packed period pieces — he helmed The Rocketeer, of which Evans is a big fan, as well as October Sky and Jumanji, which had old-school scenes in the beginning. “That’s one of the appeals to me,” Evans says of the ‘40s-era sets, music, garb and environment. “I think that’s going to be a good selling point for the film. Joe is so good at creatig that world. You’d walk on set and you’re like, ‘Man, I can’t believe where I am right now. This is wild.’ ”
Evans wasn’t as psyched about Cap’s costume, which to an untrained eye looks leathery and uncomfortable. “It didn’t breathe, no,” Evans deadpans. “I don’t know if they washed it. It was this type of canvas – there were leather straps. It was a lot of layers and pieces and very cumbersome. Every morning you’d put it on and you’d have a little conniption fit in your trailer where you were just like, ‘Arrrgh!’ and then you’d just surrender and say, ‘OK, let’s go make a [freakin’] movie.’ ”
Of course, he did not actually say “freakin’ ” — instead he used a four-letter word not suitable for a family blog, or a superhero for that matter. Evans paused after saying it and laughed. “I shouldn’t be swearing. Captain America shouldn’t swear. But I get caught with these interviews and I start dropping f-bombs! This is why I can’t do interviews!”
Source: USA weekend