In an interview with Esquire, Chris Evans opened up a little bit about various Avengers-related topics. Makes sense, since this Friday is when Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to conquer the world. Amongst the topics covered are his similarities to to Steve Rogers, his bond with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and the insane shooting schedule that’s going to be controlling his life through 2019.
It was on the topic of the shooting schedule that he confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1 and Part 2 will be shooting back-to-back over the course of about nine months.
Below, I’m including a few choice quotes from the interview.
Evans, on how he admires Captain America’s moral compass:
“You hope to see some Steve qualities in you. He does set the bar pretty high. Any time you make a movie where you’re living in a certain head space for an extended period of time, it’s tough not to take a little piece home with you. Sometimes that’s better than other times. If you’re gonna end up taking a piece of Steve home, that’s not the worst thing. It’s almost kinda like growing up with my father. Whenever there was conflict, whether it was between a buddy or a girlfriend, or professionally, you’d think, ‘What would my father do in this situation?’ In a strange, similar regard, you can kind of tell yourself, ‘What would Steve do in this situation?’, because his moral compass and his approach to conflict resolution, rooted in selflessness, is a pretty healthy place to start. I don’t even know if he has mannersâ€”he’s just a very selfless man. You know what I mean? He doesn’t complain, he puts himself last, he just does what’s needed of him.”
On his bond with Hemsworth:
“Oh yeah, [Chris Hemsworth] is like a brother at this point. We’ve had a very similar trajectory in, at least, being welcomed into this world. We both took these [Marvel hero] roles. We were both timid and nervous and didn’t know how it was gonna play out. It’s been nice to kind of share this with him. We each have the standalone films as well, which can be a whole separate element of pressure and anxiety, and he’s just been so helpful to me. Just to have someone else who’s going through the same struggles I am.”
On the grueling Marvel shooting schedule:
“You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to. We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that. August or September. Then I’ve got some downtime and I can do with it as I please. I don’t know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in or, you know, do whatever I’m creatively inclined to pursue or wait, relax, enjoy my life. And then we start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter. Fall or winter of 2016. That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back.”
You’ve got to hand it to Marvel. They managed to cast actors that are not only well-suited for their roles, but who seem to appreciate the experience. With a venture as time-consuming as this, with the way the fandom can control your life, and all the potentially eye-rolling situations you can find yourself in, it’d be very easy for these actors to become jaded and detached. Just look at other recent franchise stars, like Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Their interviews would constantly convey an uncomfortable “This is just for the money” vibe. But Evans, Downey, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, and co. all seem to appreciate what all this means.
I’m counting down the hours until I see Avengers: Age of Ultron on Thursday night at 9:30 on 34th Street! When are you seeing it?