Robert Downey Jr.: "If Steve Rogers And Tony Stark’s Relationship Doesn't Work, Then THE AVENGERS Doesn’t Work"

Robert Downey Jr.: "If Steve Rogers And Tony Stark’s Relationship Doesn't Work, Then THE AVENGERS Doesn’t Work"

Chris Evans discusses Captain America's arrival to the modern world and Robert Downey Jr. praises the actor and comments on the relationship between Tony and Steve.

Captain America is perhaps the character who faces the biggest transition in Marvel's The Avengers. While the God of Thunder has already found himself in a fish out of water situation in THOR, Steve Rogers finds himself awoken in a completely new world after being frozen in a block of ice since 1945. Chris Evans had this to say about Cap's new status quo. "It’s not just that Captain America wakes up in a whole new world; it’s the fact that he has to deal with the emotions of finding out that everybody he knows is dead," said the actor. "Every single person he called brother on a battlefield is gone and the world around him is a different place. It’s more fast-paced and impersonal because new technologies have put barriers between people. In the ’40s there was much more of a direct and honest sincerity in the way people behaved and I think human interaction helps breed manners. Waking up in modern day is just an extremely different way of life that Steve Rogers now has to get used to."

"Starring as Captain America was scary and exhilarating at the same time," added Evans. "’Thor’ had already opened and done very well and so I kept thinking Captain America better open and do well because I don’t want to be the weak link of the ‘The Avengers.’ Luckily the film did well and it was an amazing feeling to see kids’ faces light up when they saw me in the costume. It really was a completely new experience for me, for which I am very grateful."

Evans' co-star Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) meanwhile had this to say about working alongside the actor. "I’m extremely fond of Chris Evans and I think he is one of the most underrated actors out there. I watch him and I think to myself, here is a guy who is wearing a stretchy American flag suit and I absolutely believe him. How is he doing this? The other thing I love about Chris is that he’s kind of this tough guy from Boston, but he also is a sensitive artist who really has an opinion." As for how their characters interact in the superhero ensemble, he said: "Our characters are very connected because Steve Rogers was close with Howard Stark and there’s something definitive and tangible about their relationship. If Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s relationship doesn't work, then the film doesn’t work."

Marvel Studios' President and producer of the film, Kevin Feige, echoed the sentiment of the actor. "We fought very hard to get Chris Evans into ‘Captain America’ and we had to convince him to do it. We believed in him and knew how talented he was, but what was so satisfying was how much audiences embraced him as Steve Rogers. They have embraced all of our characters and so we wanted to bring all that goodwill into ‘The Avengers.’"


Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Ramanoff/Black Widow
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Tom Hiddleston as Loki

RELEASE DATE: April 26th, 2012. (UK) May 4th, 2012. (US)

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