Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chris Evans photoshoot for promoting Gucci Guilty Pour Homme

Here are some photos of a shoot Chris Evans did for promoting Gucci Guilty Pour Homme. If you have any idea who the photographer is or if you have more photos from this shoot, please let me know.

They're so cool I want more!!!

New Captain America tv spot

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chris Evans America's Most Wanted

How Chris Evans went from a Sudbury high schooler to the face of Captain America in this summer's biggest movie.

By Tanya Pai

June 2011

CHRIS EVANS IS MORE THAN JUST A TORSO. It’s true that his turn as the Human Torch in the hit Fantastic Four franchise required him to regularly bare his abs. And sure, his jock-with-a-heart-of-gold character in Not Another Teen Movie spent an entire scene wearing only a whipped-cream bikini. And okay, his publicist did impose a ban on beefcake shots after one too many magazines photographed him posing shirtless. And yes, he just may have the most famous pecs in the country these days, thanks to movie previews featuring him bare-chested as jacked-up super soldier Steve Rogers, the lead character in Captain America: The First Avenger — which hits theaters this month as the most hotly anticipated comic-book film in recent memory. But we’re here to tell you that Chris Evans is more than just a torso. Our hometown superhero’s got talent to burn and a résumé to match: He’s worked with Oscar winners such as Kim Basinger, Danny Boyle, and Forest Whitaker. And he’s anything but standard Hollywood.

Evans broke into the business through the back door, spending the summer before his senior year at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School interning for New York talent agents, one of whom he talked into signing him. From there he eventually landed a few guest TV spots and a role on a short-lived series before his breakout turn as the aforementioned scantily clad athlete.

It’s pretty much been fame and fortune ever since, but Evans has kept close to his roots. Though he has a place in L.A., he spends as much time as possible with his family in Sudbury. (His uncle, by the way, is U.S. Representative Mike Capuano, and two of his three siblings are also actors.) He remains friendly with his high school crowd, and he recently flew his former drama teacher down to the Tribeca Film Festival as his guest. It’s all extremely apple pie — hell, even his pooch, East, is an American bulldog. Fitting, then, that playing a stars-and-stripes crime fighter looks to be the force that catapults him to a permanent place on Hollywood’s A-list.

We recently caught up with the 30-year-old actor to find out what it was like getting dumped on prom night; why it’s the Celtics over the Pats for him (but Tom Brady is entitled to do whatever the hell he wants, thank you very much); and how, exactly, a kid from MetroWest found himself starring in the biggest movie of the summer.

Captain America
isn’t the first comic-book film you’ve done. There were the two Fantastic Four movies, and you’re playing Captain America again in The Avengers, which comes out next year. Were you a comic-book junkie as a kid? I wasn’t into comic books. I had to go and do my research once I signed on for all these things. I was more into watching cartoons, which, you know, in retrospect probably wasn’t the best idea. Having read comic books, you start to appreciate the level of intellect that goes into these things.

Your character has been around so long that there are several different versions of him. Did you research a particular iteration, or did you just go with your own take on who he is based on the script? Well, it’s pretty much an origin story — the transformation from Steve Rogers to Captain America. All the variations and the evolution of the character come once he’s become Captain America. There was a great comic book called Mythos that was the closest version to the story we’re telling. The artwork was beautiful — it looked almost like it was all watercolor. That’s what I kept by my side while we were filming. I did a bunch of research independently of the film script and just tried to soak up some knowledge of the comic-book world, because we’re making this movie for the comic-book fans.
So you’re now signed on for six movies as Captain America. Are you afraid of getting typecast in action roles?
Hmm. I don’t know. If I ever feel like that’s beginning to happen, I’ll just stop doing them. But that’s the way acting goes: You initially start being cast in the stuff that you’re kind of right for, and then as you continue to get work, you’re afforded more opportunities to break that mold and try to prove yourself in a different light.

But you turned down the role of Captain America three times before accepting it. When your agent is telling you to do one thing and the studio is telling you to do another, is there somebody you rely on for advice?
Well, certainly my parents. They know me inside out. I have a few people in my life who have no agenda, and it’s nice to step back and use them as an anchor to try to make the right choices.

Do you find the physical or the emotional aspects harder when preparing for a role?
The emotional is, no question, more difficult. With physical prep work, you know if you go to the gym, you will get size. There’s no chance it won’t happen. The emotional prep work is a variable. You could step onto the set one day and have a disconnect with your thoughts and feelings, and have a rough day acting because you can’t quite tap into what you need.

Which of your characters was the hardest to access emotionally?
I did a film earlier this year that went to the Tribeca Film Festival, called Puncture. It was based on a real man who had passed away. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of his family and friends, and they were generous enough to share his story with us and give us their blessing. It was a bit intimidating, because you’re trying to take something precious and make sure you do it justice. Certain days the family would actually be on set, and those are the days where it’s easy to let your mind play games with you. Those are the days where the emotional preparation can be hit-or-miss.

What about roles you didn’t get? Anything you really regret losing?
Yeah, there was one film that I really wanted. This was a long time ago; it was a film called Fracture. Ryan Gosling ended up doing it with Anthony Hopkins. It wasn’t a giant box-office success, but I really enjoyed the script and I enjoyed the character. I got pretty close and was kind of disappointed it didn’t go my way.

When setbacks like that happen, how do you find the motivation to keep battling?
You know, acting’s like a drug. You have those months where you feel lousy and depressed and you contemplate gear shifting into another realm, and then you have a great audition or you get a callback or you get a part, and you remember why you love it. It’s a tricky business, a lot of ups and downs, and you just have to maintain a healthy amount of perspective. I would never want my acting career to dictate the level of happiness I experience in my life. It’s easy to let that happen.

You went straight from Lincoln-Sudbury High to auditioning full time. Did you have to sit down with your parents and have the “I’m not going to college” talk?
No. It was very easy. In the summer after my junior year, I talked my parents into letting me move to New York City to get an internship. That was the most difficult hurdle. At the end of the summer, I went back to finish my senior year of high school but was traveling to New York maybe once a week for auditions. At that point college was still part of the plan, but then I got really lucky. I got a pilot, and that got picked up and took me to L.A. So we decided, “Maybe college can wait.”

We actually have a staff member who graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury, and she told me to mention Mr. Plott…
Oh, sure! Mr. Plott was the drama teacher at L-S, and I actually just invited him and his wife, Judy, to the premiere of my film at Tribeca. They supported me at the festival.

Acting seems to run in your family. Your older sister, Carly, is the one who first got you into drama, and your younger brother, Scott, had a role on One Life to Live for a while. Did you get to watch him?
Yeah, are you kidding? I watched him all the time. He’s in New York; he has an agent. That’s how he makes his living.

When your family watches your movies, do you ever have to tell your mom, “You probably don’t wanna watch this”?
My mother’s a basket case. I’ve had a few death scenes, and she just weeps the whole time. She’s a bit emotional.

And how did she feel about your whipped-cream bikini scene?
[Laughs.] That was a rough one. “This is what I do now, guys. Look at my movie. I have a banana in my ass.” Great. I guess you gotta pay your dues onscreen, and that was kind of a rite of passage for me.

Now you have movie roles that take you all over the world. Do you bring your bulldog on the road with you?
As long as the location allows it. But sometimes it doesn’t. For example, we shot in London for Captain America, and the quarantine process for dogs is multiple months. That’s insane! But for the most part, he’s with me. He’s been everywhere: Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Texas. Pretty much anywhere I go that’s in North America, he’s coming with me. He’s 10 years old; he knows the drill.

What do you do with him when you travel abroad?

One of my best friends on the entire planet is a girl named Tara — I grew up with her in Boston, and she’s lived out in L.A. for a few years. She absolutely adores him, so whenever I take off he stays with her.

You don’t have a girlfriend you can leave him with?
I do not.

You used to date Jessica Biel, and you even made a couple of movies with her. Did it make a difference while you were filming that you had a relationship?
Anytime you get to work with someone that you know, it’s gonna lend itself to the on-set relationship. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a few friends, as well. You have to find a certain level of relaxation while you’re trying to perform, and any time you can lean on an existing relationship with
someone, it’s only going to help.

Well, while we’re on the subject of your exes, are there any old girlfriends who dumped you who you just want to tell, “Suck it, I’m awesome”?
Uh, I think they all dumped me. I think all of my old girlfriends dumped me. I got dumped on prom! Can you believe that? I got fuckin’ dumped on prom! [Laughs.] Heartbreaking! I can’t believe it. Ruthless.

You were standing there in your tux, and she was like, “Listen, we need to talk”?
Yeah, it was right after the prom. We were at the after-party and she said, “I just don’t think this is going to work out.” And that was it.

Well, I’m sure she’s regretting it now.
Actually, she’s still a good friend of mine.

Do you have any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to dating?

You gotta love dogs! You gotta be thick-skinned. My family can be — and not just my immediate family, my extended family — they’re very fun people. They’re very sassy. They’re not uptight or proper; they’ll swing some jokes at you, so you gotta be ready to take it and swing a few back.

When your uncle Michael Capuano was running for Senate in 2009, you did some campaigning for him. How was that?
It was fantastic. It’s almost embarrassing even saying we’re related based on what he’s done to give back and how he’s basically made his life about helping other people. It’s an honor to try to help him in any way possible.

Are you politically active?
Well, my family is certainly very vocal. They’re very Italian. A lot of our holidays end with people screaming at each other across the room. And everyone’s very opinionated and intelligent. A lot of my aunts and uncles are wildly educated, and their opinions reflect that. We’re all very liberal.

If you stopped acting, would you consider getting into politics? Or do you have another fallback career in mind?
To be honest, I would love to direct. It’s something I would love to try to crack into, hopefully sooner rather than later. I’ve read a hundred fantastic scripts that didn’t pan out as films, and I completely put that on the directors. I’ve also read some mediocre scripts that have ended up being amazing and I
credit that to the directors. They’re the storytellers. If you don’t have a good storyteller, you really have nothing.

When you were on our cover in March of 2007 we referred to you as the “next Ben Affleck.” Is he someone whose career you’d like to emulate?
I respect the fact that Ben’s done such a good job directing. I would love to make the transition to director, but a lot of actors do that. I mean, you’ve got guys like Robert Redford, who directs fantastic movies. And even Mel Gibson. Say what you will about him in his personal life, but the guy can direct.
You got your start on the stage. Would you go back to that?
Oh, absolutely. That’s a dream. The problem is that it’s such a time commitment. Usually theater runs for multiple months, and it’s a little tricky right now.

What is it about the stage that’s so appealing?
Two things: One, it’s
your performance. In a film, your director has power over your performance. You’re essentially handing your performance over to him, and depending on the way he edits, the music he chooses, the takes he cuts together, a performance can manifest in a lot of different ways. With theater I can give the audience exactly what I want to give them, and that’s what they’re going to receive. The second thing is the amount of time you get to stay in a character. On film, it’s start, stop, start, stop — it’s very brief moments of slipping in and out of a character. Onstage, you could be sitting in a character for 40 minutes to an hour, and I think that’s — I was going to say that’s rare — that never happens in film. And that’s just a different experience. It’s a different ride as an actor.

What about going back to TV? You did a few series early in your career.
Absolutely. TV seems to be where all of the quality is these days. From where I’m standing, at least, I think you have a much better chance — oh, let me rephrase. I think it’s much more difficult these days to find quality films than it is to find quality television. A lot of times when I go to the movies, I leave disappointed. Yet I can click on HBO and am almost guaranteed to be entertained.

Do you have a favorite show that you just have to watch?
You know, I’m gonna say this just to endorse this show, because I hope it never gets canceled. It’s nothing I could ever act on, but I love the show
Archer. It is the funniest show on the fuckin’ planet, and I want to be friends with Archer. I wanna hang out with him, I wanna get a beer with him. I want him to be my buddy.

You know H. Jon Benjamin, who voices Archer, is actually from Worcester?
Is he really? God, that guy can just say anything and it’s hilarious.

You’ve got a comedy of your own coming out in September: What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris, which was filmed in Boston. How was it coming back home to work?
It was fantastic getting to work in my hometown with all my friends around. Comedies are a lot of fun. You can’t help but let that kind of infect your day-to-day attitude, as well. It was a real treat.

As a big Celtics fan, did you make it to any of the playoff games?
No, this year I didn’t. And I guess I’m glad I didn’t, ’cause it’s just so disappointing when things don’t go your way, and I had some really high hopes this season. So it was just crushing.

Are the C’s your favorite Boston team?
That’s a tough call. It’s a tight race between the Patriots and the Celtics. I think as a team — ugh, this is so tough! It’s like, which parent do you love more? How do you answer this? I think as a team, I might go with the Celtics, just because I went to a lot of games as a kid. But Tom Brady — the man can do no wrong. Tom Brady for president, I say. I think he’s probably my favorite athlete on the planet.

So what do you think of his hotly debated hair?
Tom Brady can do whatever he wants with his hair, with his clothing, with his dance moves. It’s all fine by me. Tom Brady can do no wrong.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

HQ Captain America trailer screencaps

New low res Captain America pics

All pictures courtesy of

Chris Evans photoshoot by Mario Testino HQ photos

In 2010 I published 145 posts about Chris Evans, now in 2011 at the end of June I post my 145th post. To celebrate this I publish the GQ shoot again, this time
with HQ photos. Enjoy!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chris Evans interviewed at Captain America set

By Ben Mortimer

Jun 24th, 2011
SuperHeroHype got a chance to talk to Chris Evans on the set of Captain America: The First Avenger, an interview you can read below:

Q: You're playing one of the most iconic superheroes in the Marvel universe. How did the suit affect your performance? Did it change your idea of who Cap was when you actually strapped it on?

Chris Evans: Sure. I think wardrobe in general's a pretty big deal for any character. Not to knock the magnitude of the suit down to any other film, but whenever you put on the clothes of the character, it certainly helps bring the character to life. Of all the characters I've played, superhero or not, I was most excited about putting this one on. It absolutely lends itself to the role. There was a lot of build up for me to do this, more so than anything else I've done, and deciding to do it was a big thing, and nerve wracking, lots of sleepless nights, and then finally putting it on, I was like, "am I going to feel good about this, or is my body going to reject this? Too late," but it felt fantastic. I love it. I never want to take it off. I have trouble with the fly though.
Q: What's the source of those sleepless nights?
Evans: I'll be candid with you. There's a couple of factors. One, I'd already done the superhero thing, I didn't know how people were going to respond to the fact that I was doing it again, and I was in a really good place in my life as far as finding a happy medium of working, and navigating this profession, but still having anonymity. The paparazzi doesn't follow me. I can live my life and do this, which is a tricky thing to kind of balance, and this movie, obviously nothing's a guarantee, but this is certainly a potential game changer. There's a giant commitment, I could be doing these movies, I'm sure most of you know there was a huge number of multi-pictures they wanted, theoretically I could be doing these into my 40s, and that was a crazy thing to wrap your head around. Was I ready to make a decision for that much of my life. I love acting, but I want to do other things, I'd love to direct, I want to write. Who's to say, in ten years, maybe I just want a break. You can't take a break if you do this, you're in, and that's a very stressful thing to pull the trigger on, it's a big chapter of your life you're saying yes to.
Q: Has there been anything that that informed the way you created the character of Steve Rogers and Captain America?
Evans: Obviously I went and read as many comic books as I could find, but I think the most helpful thing in the comic book world was finding out who he was before. This is an origins tale, and I think, if at the first film you still see little Steve, little 'Skinny Steve,' that's the guy you relate to, and that's the guy that you always see in Steve Rogers. I think that's what the audience will like, that's what I, certainly will like. On a more personal note, I have a friend who is a comic book nut, and he loves when I say this, he's the best human being I know. He's an Eagle Scout. To be an Eagle Scout, I don't know if you guys know what an Eagle Scout is, it's like a boy scout that did it way too long, until they were 19, 20 years old. I remember going to this Eagle Scout, he's just a good man, he does the right thing. He would rather, not even tell a white lie. He's not pious, he's not condescending, he just would rather do the good thing, his morals are intact, I'm amazed that people like him exist. Even his demeanor is, I don't know, noble and honorable. He is Captain America to me.
So I told my buddy that I was basing it off him, and I wish I could do his reaction, it's hilarious, it's what Steve Rogers would say if you told him you were going to base him in a movie. So on a personal level, that's who I'm ripping off, but obviously the comic books are the best information.
Q: As an actor, how do you feel being modified by CGI?
Evans: It's certainly a different animal, you don't have the tangible world to play off, but I think most actors probably started out as little kids in their back yard playing make believe anyway, so you've just got to tap into the pretend part of your brain, and just have a little fun, be willing to look a little silly. It's kind of fun actually, when you let go, and you really go for it, you really are eight years old again, wearing a Captain America suit. It's ridiculous. You're a kid all over again, it's a lot of fun.
Q: Captain America's very morally upright. We've seen over the last few years all of these cynical, and tortured, and wisecracking heroes. Is this reclaiming the superhero from that direction?
Evans: Sure, I suppose. Great way to put it. I don't know how I can elaborate on that, it's a wonderful way to put it. Most superheroes get their powers by accident, or they were born with it, this guy was chosen, he was picked, specifically because of his moral fiber, and that's a great thing, that's a great thing to reward. So you want to make sure he's not just morally sound, but likeable. It would be a unfortunate if the guy was a real, true noble guy, but a bland, boring person. I think it's a great way to put it though, I really can't add any more to that.
Q: How's it been using the shield? Did it take a lot of getting used to?
Evans: It's good, it's tricky. They had a bunch of different shields. Some of them are the real heavy, legit shields that look fantastic on film, some of them are, if you guys have seen, a bit rubbery, when you're doing dangerous stuff, and you don't want to get hit in the face with it. So each one has a different weight to it. It's always strange, but it's always great sliding it on, it just feels cool. It's strange seeing a stuntman dressed up and thinking, "is that what I look like? Alright! That's fantastic!" you forget. But the shield is kind of the icing on the cake.
Q: Are you looking forward to giving orders to Robert Downey Jr?
Evans: I don't know. I've been asked that a couple of times. I just met all those guys for the first time at Comic-Con, and they all seem so fantastic. I don't know what Joss [Whedon] is going to do with the script, I don't know what level of leader they're going to make him right away. I know in a lot of the Avengers comic books he's sort of the quarterback in those scenarios, but that's up to Joss. That's out of my hands.
Q: Can you talk about where you see Captain America's place in the present world?
Evans: Well, Ed Brubaker had that great quote where he said, in modern comic books you have those left-wing people who want Captain America to be speaking out against George Bush, and against Washington, and you have right-wing people wanting Captain America to be in Afghanistan, fighting the war. Obviously I think, in the '40s, it was pretty clear-cut who the enemy was. Does that mean that the morals, and the man you have to be as Captain America is a little bit less black and white, more grey? Probably. I'm sure it's a lot easier to say "Nazis are bad" than it is to say "Republicans are bad." It's just not that clear cut anymore. But again, like my friend Charlie, he lives in a world of grey. I think that's what makes people morally sad, there isn't a harsh black and white, there's an understanding – his name's Charlie, by the way. He's going to love this – I can't see him coming down on either side of any situation quick and easily. I think he would weigh the options and listen, and I think that translates, at least currently to a whole different type of climate.
Q: Can you talk about Steve's relationship with Bucky?
Evans: It's been great. I really like it actually. It's a little bit different from, at least, the original Captain America comic books. The original comic books, Bucky was a young guy, kind of a sidekick, kind of the one Steve had to look out for. We do it a little differently, but the relationship is still very well developed. I think it's one of the best ones in the film, you really care about these two guys. They're friends before Steve gets this injection. I don't want to give too much away, I think I'll get murdered by Kevin Feige.
Q: How grounded in reality is the action?
Evans: Good question. When I came into it I was interested about, "what are the extent of his abilities. Can the guy jump over mountains? What can he actually do?" because I think that will affect how cool the movie looks in the end. You want him to be someone who is obviously superior, obviously able, but you don't want the guy punching through brick walls. They basically equated it to, he would crush the Olympics. Any Olympic sport he's gonna dominate. He can jump higher, run faster, lift stronger weight, but he can be injured. He could roll an ankle and be out for the season. He's not perfect, he's not untouchable. So a lot of the effects, if I'm going to punch someone they're not going to put them on a cable and fly them back 50 feet, but he's going to go down, probably not getting back up, which I think humanizes it. It makes it something that, again, I think everyone can relate to a little bit more, which I really like.

Chris Evans And Hugo Weaving To Attend San Diego Comic-Con!

Check out this statement from a reporter over at for news on Cap showing up at Comic-Con...

"We posted about how Marvel Studios will be opting out of Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con 2011, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have other plans in mind when it comes to the biggest comic book convention in the world.

So I’ve just got the news from one of my reliable sources that Captain America: The First Avenger will be having a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. How big? Well big enough to have two of its main stars be there along with a special movie screening before the release of the movie. That’s right, Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 for one day. The movie screening location is still unknown, but word on the street is that it will all happen on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10am. We’re not sure how fans will get a chance to attend, but it’s likely they might throw some sort of raffle to lucky Comic-Con goers.

New Captain America Trailer screencaps

Captain America behind the scenes on ET

The First Avenger (ET) - Marvel Studios /... door IrOnMaNSM

Monday, June 20, 2011

Behind the shield screencaps

A big thanks to Tanja for making these screencaps and for
sharing them with The Chris Evans Blog!!!