Chin Han Talks Working with Robert Redford In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

The Dark Knight and Arrow star doesn't say much about his “action” role as Councilman Yen in Marvel's Captain America sequel, but Chin Han discusses acting alongside his film idol and more. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/15/2013

Best known for his roles in The Dark Knight and Contagion, Chin Han joined the ensemble cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in late May and is set to play one of four World Security Council members. The Singaporean actor recently discussed acting opposite his “childhood idol,” Robert Redford, who plays head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Alexander Pierce, in the 2014 Marvel sequel.

“That’s more action for me, but there’s very little that I can say about the movie because everything is under wraps,” Chin Han says of his Councilman Yen role. “It’s very hard for me to say anything, because I’m literally bound by contract not to speak about it. But I got to act with my childhood film idol, Robert Redford, and that’s a gift in itself. He’s amazing, he’s in his 70s but he is a good looking man!” he laughed. “It was a dream come true! It’s so inspiring to know you’re on set with the actor from movies like Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men and The Natural,” adds Han. “Things are very fast-paced on these US$200 million (S$255 million) movies, but when we finished the [Captain America] shoot, I had some time to chat with [Robert Redford]. I found him to be very elegant and an independent thinker so I like him a lot.” Chin Han has also appeared on CW's Arrow television series, so could one assume he has a thing for superhero projects? “I am a fan of this genre,” he said. “I think superhero movies are our modern mythology. They address a lot of our modern day fears. So I do enjoy being in those movies. I don’t deliberately seek out superhero movies, but somehow they have found me. I just go along for the ride.” What do you think?


After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014.
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NovaCorpsFan - 9/15/2013, 12:41 PM
Sounds interesting...
ezio619 - 9/15/2013, 12:51 PM
i like this actor and i agree with him saying that superhero films are modern mythology and i will also like to add when in the future when people remeber this age, they will remeber the superhero films like people from the 70s or 80s remeber star wars ,aliens or the action films
Reasonnnn - 9/15/2013, 1:02 PM
HE IS GOOD WITH CALCULATIONS!
ndwwrestler2 - 9/15/2013, 1:03 PM
@Levi My guess? Probably burned to death with a ton of money.
spidey1994 - 9/15/2013, 1:03 PM
@LEVI The Joker burned him alive when he was on top of the money.
Ocelot - 9/15/2013, 1:06 PM
@Levi

He was tied and sitting on the big pile of mob owned money that The Joker burns at the warehouse when he confronts the Chechen guy.
ezio619 - 9/15/2013, 1:15 PM
i know he doesnt say this line......MY DOGGS ARE HUNGRY!!, I WANT TO HEAR PROPOSITION,i love the russian dude
JoJo1982 - 9/15/2013, 1:24 PM
Robert Redford might be either red skull or baron zemo
JoJo1982 - 9/15/2013, 1:25 PM
I love how Marvel is being secretive on who's the main villain in Cap 2
ezio619 - 9/15/2013, 1:27 PM
i have a feeling redford is gonna be a soviet agent undercover who had been told to step through the ranks of the us government and his actually Aleksander Lukin who was the main villian for the winter soldier arc before red skull took over his mind but it would me interesting seeing redford as the red skull because redford is know to be an all american hero so it would be jarring and interesting to see him as a nazi
Kingdork - 9/15/2013, 1:30 PM
Wait, am I supposed to understand that Cap 2's budget is around $255 million?
KaneRomita - 9/15/2013, 1:43 PM
I think the Alexander Pierce character is sort of a stand-in for Lukin in that Pierce will be the one who is running the Winter Soldier operation. I doubt Red Skull will be appearing though that would be pretty cool.
DioFoRio - 9/15/2013, 1:55 PM
Robert Redford may be Paul Newman.
JoJo1982 - 9/15/2013, 2:00 PM
@Kingdork

I doubt cap 2 budget is at 255 million.... 200 million probably, but not more than the budget of Iron Man 3
SoundWave - 9/15/2013, 2:01 PM
He is just a Councilman Yen? Not even comic book character? hero or villain... meh... Let's ask all stunts too...
Kingdork - 9/15/2013, 2:01 PM
@JoJo1982 - I doubt it as well, but I wonder why it was written in the article.
SunfireUrA55 - 9/15/2013, 2:07 PM
This dude is a good actor. He should've been chosen as THE MANDARIN in IM3, but no they had to screw up with some white dude instead.
jcfrommars9 - 9/15/2013, 2:14 PM
@Kingdork

Not a clue but it seems very accurate given the current rate of exchange between the U.S. dollar and the Singapore dollar.
JerBear - 9/15/2013, 2:15 PM
@SunfireUrA55
Ben Kingsly is half Indian, he's not "white". And if you're talking about Killian... he wasn't really the Mandarin.
jcfrommars9 - 9/15/2013, 2:15 PM
In other words, 200 million U.S. dollars roughly equals 255 million in Singapore dollars.
jcfrommars9 - 9/15/2013, 2:17 PM
@JerBear

The "white dude", Killian, Guy Pearce, etc. looks far more like the modern Mandarin than Ben Kingsley and Chin Han.
SunfireUrA55 - 9/15/2013, 2:25 PM
@JerBear
Yeah I wasn't fond of Mr. Knigsly as the "Mandarin" either. He looked Nothing like the Mandarin. What do you mean Killian wasn't the Mandarin? I thought he was all this time.

@jcfrommars9
the "modern Mandarin?" Give me a break. So the "old/Original" Madarin need not mentioned at all? Now I have to check and see what the "modern" one looks like. As if there isn't enough white characters already.
SuperGuy83 - 9/15/2013, 2:28 PM
Going to be The best Solo Movie out Phase II Cap is The best Avenger
prettynucIear - 9/15/2013, 2:37 PM
@JerBear

Killian was definitely the Mandarin. He said I'M THE MANDARIN.
Ocelot - 9/15/2013, 2:39 PM
@SunfireUrA55

"This dude is a good actor. He should've been chosen as THE MANDARIN in IM3, but no they had to screw up with some white dude instead."

I agree there's no reason why this guy couldn't have been the Killian character who was essentially The Mandarin, would have been a more faithful portrayal instead of the generic "white-washed" one we got in the actual film. But you know, apprarently this wasn't possible and could only be a "fu manchu" *rolls eyes*.
SunfireUrA55 - 9/15/2013, 2:47 PM
@Omega @JerBear

NOPE. Killian nor Kingsley character looked NOTHING like the "Modern" Mandarin. I just checked it. These are the names that he goes by: Tem Borjigin, Gene Kahn, Master Khan, Zhang Tong, Mandy. I don't see Killian in there.


InfiniteMonkey - 9/15/2013, 3:00 PM
I sympathise with all you mates screaming about the Mandarin.
I've already accepted the fact that it doesn't matter the ethnic background or name of a character or even its true origins. Hollywood will find a way to find a white guy to play it.
Its just the way it is.
Let's just celebrate the slow moving movement of true portrayals of characters and their origins ethnic or otherwise.
jcfrommars9 - 9/15/2013, 3:11 PM
@InfiniteMonkey

It's interesting you mention Hollywood since comic book writer Marjorie M. Liu summarized The Mandarin as "pretty much a direct descendent of the Fu Manchu yellow peril caricature -- at best Orientalist, at worst, racist. The diabolic Asiatic is a hoary Hollywood staple -- one of many stereotypes that Asian Americana have long had to endure -- whether it's the Fu Manchu, the Kung Fu master, the Dragon Lady, or the bucktooth nerd."
SnapperCarr - 9/15/2013, 3:34 PM
Man I was hoping he could be SHIELD agent Jimmy Woo. But I guess being a councilman is fine as well.
SuperSam - 9/15/2013, 4:18 PM
I like this guy. He's good with calculations.
SunfireUrA55 - 9/15/2013, 5:33 PM
@AlphaPsychoWolf

That's hillarious! Now that you mentioned it.
ShadowPimp723 - 9/15/2013, 5:37 PM
HE LINKS ALL COMIC BOOK UNIVERSES TOGETHER!!!!
MightyZeus - 9/15/2013, 10:35 PM
Sounds interesting. At least he's living out his dream even though he has small part's in comic book movies.

@AlphaPsychoWolf, Now that you mention it he kinda does. Must be that suit, tie and long black hair.

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MattSpatola - 9/16/2013, 6:26 AM
$255 million for this film? Really? The first one had a production budget of $145 million and a worldwide gross of $368 million, only $176 million in the US. That kind of budget if true is really crazy.
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/16/2013, 6:09 PM
It's okay for them to cast Arabs and Pakistani's as the stereotypical terrorists in Iron Man 1, have a typical "commie russian" as the villain in Iron Man 2, but OH MY GOD WE CAN'T HAVE AN ASIAN STEREOTYPE AS THE VILLAIN IN IRON MAN 3 BECAUSE IT'S RACIST?

Makes perfect sense. -.-

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