Working on the Captain America movies have been rewarding on every level for Chris Evans. - AFP
Working on the movie franchise was the right decision to make for actor.
Being asked to play Captain America in a potentially huge movie franchise is something many actors fantasise about, but when Chris Evans received the offer in 2011, he hesitated.
It meant signing on to do six movies as the superhero, which he feared would take over his career and his life. If the films did well, he would lose his privacy and anonymity, as well as be locked into a commitment for six to eight years.
Looking back today on his eventual decision to say “yes”, the 32-year-old tells reporters: “Had I not done the movies, it would’ve been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would’ve been the biggest regret to date – and there are plenty.”
The success of the first film and the positive buzz surrounding the second, which analysts believe will likely continue the winning streak of Marvel franchises such as Iron Man and The Avengers, have “changed everything for me”, the actor says.
Firstly, he says, the success of the movies has allowed him to do things outside the franchise. These include pursuing passion projects such as his upcoming directorial debut, 1:30 Train, an indie romantic comedy that will see him and actress Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) play a couple who meet and connect on a train.
Secondly, he says it is “comforting knowing that you’re making good movies” with the Marvel brand – perhaps conveniently forgetting the other Marvel superhero franchise on his resume, the critically eviscerated Fantastic Four movies of 2005 and 2007, in which he played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch.
“It would be a nightmare to be trapped in this contract and be making films that you’re not proud of, but Marvel has the Midas touch, so every time you suit up, you know that you’re making something of quality.”
Working on this franchise has thus been “rewarding on every level. So thank God I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision.”
It was also fun for him to get to work with old friends such as Anthony Mackie, who plays Captain America’s high-flying sidekick Falcon, as well as with acting legends Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson.
Says Evans: “I’ve known Anthony for a while now. This is our third movie together and when I first met Anthony, it actually wasn’t on a movie set and we got along very well. So it was very easy having just kind of a repartee with him off-set and I think that translates on-set.”
He adds that Redford, who plays right-wing bureaucrat Alexander Pierce, was “amazing”.
He says: “It was pretty intimidating because he is a living legend, but it’s always such a treat when someone you look up to that much lives up to expectation. I mean, he very easily could’ve come on the set and hijacked the film, not just as an actor, but also given his past as a director and his experience, he very easily could’ve taken over.
“But he showed up with the utmost professionalism. I think the first day we filmed, we shot until one in the morning and he stuck around for my off-camera stuff. I mean, it was like it was his first movie. So he really is such an example of what it is to be great.” – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently playing in cinemas.