UPDATE: Chris Evans Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS And SNOWPIERCER; Hayley Atwell Remains Coy On Returning For THE WINTER SOLDIER
Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell briefly talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier while Chris also goes on to discuss The Avengers and Joon-ho Bong's adaptation of the graphic novel Snowpiercer. A bit more from Chris on Cap 2.
While promoting The Iceman at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) actor Chris Evans fielded the inevitable Marvel related questions pertaining to The Avenges and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I was kind enough to type up a transcript of the interview below, you can click HERE to watch the video over at Tribute.
On working on big budget movies like Captain America: The First Avengers and The Avengers versus small indie films like The Iceman-
Chris Evans: I've been pretty candid in the past, I'm not a huge fan of the studio movies. From 'soup to nuts' the process of making those movies is very tedious and sometimes the final product becomes-the original vision becomes homogenized. And then the promoting process is a real chore. I much prefer these smaller films, they're more my speed. So you do these giant movies and thank god, (Captain America:TFA and The Avengers) were good because they aren't always. They came out so well, I couldn't be more lucky. It affords you the opportunity to go do the smaller things that you want to do. I'm in such a perfect situation where I get to do (the Marvel movies) every six months or so with a group of people I love, I love Marvel and I love The Avengers. And in my downtime I get to go and do movies like this, I couldn't be luckier.
Did he expect the box office reaction to The Avengers-
CE: No, god no. I go into every movie thinking its going to be the worst thing in the world. You hope its going to be great but the fact is, if it was easier to do, there would be more good movies. But making a movie is a giant collaboration of all these creative people, all these cooks in the kitchen, its unfortunate but true,often when I go to the movies I leave disappointed. I'm just like, 'meh.' Most times the best movies I see are at festivals like TIFF. You go to a big, blockbuster summer-movie, what are the chances of you walking out disappointed? Pretty good, in my opinion.
So when you jump on board to a giant, studio film, you think 'what are the chances?' What are the chances that this is going to come out good? Unfortunately, slim . So, the fact that (The Avengers) came out the way it did....That Joss man, that Joss Whedon, thank god for Joss Whedon....so good! It's him man, it's him, without that guy these things don't work.
On beginning prep for Captain America: The Winter Soldier-
CE: I'm dreading it (the physical transformation), this is what I keep thinking. We start Cap 2 in March so come January I have to get back into that routine. All I'm thinking about is the future movies, like 'god, how am I going to keep getting big', it's such a chore. I hate to admit it but it's not easy (laughs). It's months and months of lifting heavy stuff and...not looking forward to it. But, it's worth it because I am happy with the movies and I do love the character so come January, my life is going to be different. It's such a commitment, top-to-bottom, its not just lifting, sleep is important, your diet is important. It's a complete commitment but what am I saying, it's good problems to have. "Ugh, it's just so difficult, I'd much rather be in the coal mines" (laughs) .
The defining role that changed his life-
CE: I guess it would be Captain America, I might've said Johnny Storm, Fantastic Four- that was sort of the first time on a big studio movie. After that movie, I think I got put on....there's tiers to your career and I think that was the first stepping stone that allowed me to be in another arena on studio's lists. On an industry scale, I'd say Fantastic Four and on a more public scale, Captain America.
On Snow Piercer-
CE: It's a really interesting movie, very different, very different but I think it's going to be fantastic. It takes place in the future, it's kind of a heightened reality. All of society lives on a train, the world is frozen over and its kind of an allegory for social structures where the poorest people are in the back of the train and as you move forward in the train, (social) classes increase. There's a revolution from the people at the back of the train against the people in the front of the train and it really is a very clever movie. It's very different and very strange but really interesting.
On Snowpiercer co-star Allison Pill-
CE: She's fantastic, I did Scott Pilgrim with her. She's just so good and her character in Snowpiercer is great. She's perfect in it.
Update: A bit more from Chris on Captain America 2, the Winter Soldier storyline and the addition of The Falcon.
And over at HeyUGuys! Peggy Carter actress Hayley Atwell clears up some confusion about a scene in The Avengers script that Joss Whedon described as "the best scene he wrote" concerning Steve and Peggy meeting up in the present day. Joss stated the scene was removed prompting many to assume that it was shot but left on the cutting room floor. Not so, says Hayley Atwell, the scene was never filmed meaning that it never advanced past the script stage. Hayley goes on to say Peggy is 'gone, long-gone and it's up to the Marvel Studios team to propel the story forward.' We know thanks to the deleted scene on The Avengers blu-ray/dvd that Peggy is not 'long-gone' and is still alive. Is her apparent confusion a bluff or an indication that she's secretly having discussions about playing a different Carter?
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