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Interview with Anthony Mackie – “Falcon” from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

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Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet? If not, what are you waiting for? LOL! The movie just opened this past Friday (April 4, 2014) and grossed a whopping $96 million making it the biggest April opening of a film in history. That’s awesome! The movie was predicted to do exceptionally well. It even surpassed what was anticipated.

In case you missed it here is my review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

In addition you might like to read the interviews with Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha / Black Widow) and the President of Marvel, Kevin Feige.

The blogger group I was with also had the opportunity to interview Anthony Mackie who plays the part of Sam Wilson / Falcon in the film.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Anthony a few years ago at the press junket for the film Real Steal. He was HYSTERICAL! He had us all laughing so hard in that interview that my sides were hurting from laughing so much. I had a feeling he wouldn’t disappoint us with this interview either. He is hands down one of the funniest people I have ever had the opportunity to interview.

Here are some highlights from our interview with Anthony Mackie, aka “Falcon”.

Anthony shared with us that when he first started acting he wanted to do two things – be a superhero and act in a Western. When he got the call about getting the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon that really put things into perspective for him.

Q: When you found out you got the role and that you’ve worked with somebody like Hugh Jackman (they worked together in Real Steal), who’s been a Marvel film (Wolverine), did  you call him and ask for any pointers? 

Anthony: No. I did not want to mess up my experience. I completely wanted to come into this naïve, ignorant and like my virginal eyes not knowing anything.  Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) has done like fifteen Marvel movies. And Chris (Evans) and Scarlett (Johansson) have done like six each. And you know, Sebastian (Stan) has done three. So I was like, don’t kill my vibe. I’m having a, a good time, we’re doing a Marvel movie, we get the best craft services.  You know, we’re in California.

You know, we basically shut down the city of Cleveland. You know, so it’s like, wow, I know how Denzel feels. I was soakin’ it up.

Chris and I have a very good relationship. And it literally got to the point where we would show up on set and we were like seven-year-olds.  I mean, we had that first day where it’s like, deal with 35-year-old men in costume. We’re losers [LAUGHS]. And then the next day we started making fun of each other. And then it just turned into this thing where it became infectious.

It’s fun when you go to work knowing you’re going to make a quality product. Because as actors there’s so many people with, you know, daddy issues that mess up movies. It’s like “Oh I’m going to edit it this way” or “I didn’t have a girlfriend in high school so I’m going do this.” Dude, just make a movie!  Working with Marvel is one of those studios where you go to work and you know everybody leaves their stuff at the door. They just want to make a good project. Once we got over our suits, we had a good time.

Q: What did you do to train and prepare for this film?

Anthony: Salmon, chicken, tuna fish, asparagus and a cup of brown rice at noon. Every day for three months.

When I played high school football we used to do these things called “two a days”. Basically at 6:00 AM you wake up and you get ready and go to the gym for a hour to do cardio. Then you come home and you just rest and eat every three hours. At 7:00 PM you go to the gym and literally lift whatever you can find for about a hour and a half. Then you go home and go to sleep. Then you wake up and do it again, for three months. It’s a lifestyle. Fitness is a lifestyle. You have to eat a certain way. You have to do a certain thing. You have to live a certain way. Me and my homeboy Jack Daniels stopped talking. No more pizza and all the things I love. Me and my girlfriend Haagen Dazs broke up.  She’s French, it was crazy.

I just had to contain myself. Then I show up and Chris looks like a Greek god. I’m feeling good about myself. I’m Spandex ready and I show up and he’s like, Captain, you know, with a tiny butt. And I’m like, “Dude, how’d you get your butt that small?”  Then I put my costume on and everybody was like, “Damn, we got to let out the air.” But I made it through it. [LAUGHS].

So yeah, it was a grueling three months.

Q: How do you feel about not being the first African-American superhero? 

Anthony: It’s funny you should ask that.  When I was a kid I really didn’t have that person I could look at, other than my dad, and be like, “Hey, I want to be that guy and fly through the window.”  You couldn’t be like seven years old and say, “Who do you want to be for Halloween?” Shaft,” you know. So it’s really exciting.

Looking at it, it always makes me emotional.  I mean, when I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m going to open the door and there’s going to be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” And that’s the thing that always gets me.  I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino super hero. I feel like Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls.

There should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make $20.00, if there’s a movie you’re going to lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. Do you know what I mean? Because little girls deserve that. There’s so many of these little people out here doing awful things for money, in the world of being famous. And little girls see that. They should have the opposite spectrum of that to look up to.

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Q: How was the whole Falcon costume experience?

Anthony: It was no fun. The hardest working actors in Hollywood are flying superheroes. I said it, I don’t care what Thor says with his hammer. I don’t care what Wolverine says. If you fly, it sucks.

I loved my costume, I loved everything about it. I love doing stunts. I have the best stuntman in the business. We’ve done like five movies together. And literally it’s like that Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny cartoon, where like the missile is coming and Bugs Bunny’s like paused and then puts Daffy in. And he just takes the brunt of every hit for me. And I love it. [LAUGHS] There’s nothing natural about flying to humans. There’s nothing we do that’s like flying.

On my first day on set I get on a 60 foot platform. And I’m like, “All right, let’s do this.” And they said, “All right, stand on the edge of the platform, there’s a jet coming at you. We want you to stand up, turn around, shoot your guns and jump back backwards head first, into this mat.” From 60 feet in the air. And I’m like, “Whoa!” The first day is usually like walking down a hallway, or eating or something. You know, just to break you in. Not jumping off the platform to your death.

So once we did that, in the scalding heat of the day, I kind of knew what I was in for. And it just got worse from there. It was really painful and exhausting. But Aaron Toney, my stuntman, literally, he fell out of a car at 40 miles an hour. He got messed up on this movie. So kudos to him. [LAUGHS].

Q: What was it like the first time you put the costume on?

Anthony: It was great. The first time I put that costume on, I couldn’t stop smiling. I was running around the room. It’s one of those moments where you just have to allow yourself to enjoy it.

My costume was 45 minutes to get in it and it was like five minutes to get out. But it was fun. I really took every moment to enjoy being a super hero. It was a good time.

Q: There must have been lots of guy talk on the set. What was it like to have Scarlett Johansson around?

Anthony: You know, Scarlett is just a regular chick. Like it’s weird, you expect her to be a diva or high maintenance or catty. Or just so — an actress. But she’s a regular chick and she’s really low maintenance and cool and fun to be around. She just goes with the flow. I guess that comes with being extremely talented. I feel like a lot of people compensate for not being talented with being bitchy. But she’s really talented. She’s a very really down to earth, fun, cool, just regular chick.

Q: The Falcon goes back to the ‘60s. Which versions of the Falcon did you go back to for the character to draw on?

Anthony: I commend Marvel for putting the Falcon in this movie because the Falcon’s history is something very unique to the comic book world. Usually in comic books they’ll introduce a character, if it doesn’t hit they’ll just let him fall off into the sunset. But with the Falcon, Marvel made a unique choice to get him right. So he had about three or four different incarnations in the life of the comic book.

I tried to stay away from the source material because I felt what the writers gave me with this was the introduction to the Falcon. So I just took what I had in the script, and worked primarily on that. I felt like the military history he had, and the relationship he has with Steve in this movie, is much more important than who he was in the comic books. Because I felt like if that relationship was grounded in truth and it worked, the rest of the movie would work.

I really just focused on, what exactly are the side effects and repercussions of PTSD [Post-traumatic stress disorder]? How exactly do you overcome that? And when it’s overcome, is it like drugs, is it a work in progress everyday? Or is it like something, once you’re over it you’re over it and I’m good. Or is it person to person stuff like that?

I just asked a bunch of different questions along those lines. A lot of my research came from soldiers I’ve met during Hurt Locker and from doing charitable work with the Navy and stuff. So I just emailed a bunch of guys and got a lot of stuff online, a lot of videos. Lot of depositions with soldiers coming back and just talking about their experiences and where they are now. I just used that stuff and tried to ground him in the history that was him, as opposed to the history that was the comic book.

This was a super fun interview. Anthony cracked a lot of jokes and had us all laughing hysterically. He even took the time to pose for smaller group photos instead of just one big group photo.

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Anthony also shared a funny story with us about the time his sister saw Falcon posters in her local Michael’s craft store and how Anthony thought it would be great to autograph them as a freebie bonus for whomever purchased one. The manager was not too pleased that he did that (he didn’t believe that he was really “Falcon” for the film) so Anthony ended up purchasing about sixty posters from the store. LOL!

Anthony is a lot of fun but at the same time you can tell that he’s really down to Earth. He also “brings is’ to his role of Falcon. I think Anthony was correct in saying that this Halloween there is going to be a lot of little kids dressed as Falcon knocking on people’s doors. I have to agree with him on that one. I’m sure Falcon is going to be a super popular Marvel character thanks to the huge success of this film.

You can check out the film’s official Facebook page as well as the Twitter page. The official hashtag is #CaptainAmerica. To  hear what other bloggers have to say about the film check out the hashtag  #CaptainAmericaEvent.

Check out this cool action clip that gives you a little glimpse inside the character of the Falcon.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. My travel expenses for the press junket were covered.

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters today (4/4/14)

 

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Finally! The long awaited Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, arrives in theaters today, April 4, 2014. I know that a lot of Marvel fans are super excited to see the newest installment to the Marvel movie franchise and the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.

If you follow my blog you might have read our interview with Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha/Black Widow) and the President of Marvel, Kevin Feige. Next week I’ll be sharing interviews with Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier).

It’s been a couple of years since Captain America: The First Avenger. Steve is doing his best to adjust to modern life living in Washington, DC. He still works for S.H.I.E.L.D.

On a run one morning he meets an former military man, Sam Wilson, who counsels soldiers who are dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Their chance meeting will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Shortly after the movie begins so does the action. Steve is sent to a ship, along with other S.H.I.E.L.D agents that has been taken over by Algerian pirates. As Steve is trying to eliminate the pirates he notices that Natasha, aka “Black Widow”, is downloading files from the ship’s computer system. When questioned about it she refuses to tell Steve what it’s all about. This makes Steve a bit suspicious.

Upon his return Steve is summoned to Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) office. There is enlightened by Fury about a secret project called HYDRA. HYDRA has a set of three helicarriers that are linked up to spy satellites. They are able to eliminate threats before they are able to cause mayhem. Another words if HYDRA identifies YOU as a potential threat the helicarrier is able to pin point your exact location and destroy you.

Helicarrier

Helicarrier

Some might think this is a good thing but Fury feels like this could lead to bigger problems and mass destruction. HYDRA is not as good as it might appear to be. The technology could be used for evil purposes. Steve is not sure how he feels about the project.

On his way to deliver some important information, Fury is ambushed by HYDRA agents. He barely escapes. He makes his way to Steve’s apartment where he hands off a USB flash drive to Steve before being shot. Fury undergoes surgery at a secret S.H.I.E.L.D location but dies during surgery.

With Natasha’s help, Steve tries to find out what was on the flash drive Fury gave him before he was killed. He also learns about a super soldier who is trying to stop them and protect HYDRA. He’s simply known as the Winter Soldier. He’s unlike any other soldier Steve has met before… or has he?

Steve and Natasha need to find out what the secret information is on the file Fury was killed for while trying to avoid being destroyed by the Winter Soldier. Can the information be used to destroy HYDRA before it’s too late? And what new super hero joins Captain America and the Black Window? To find out these answers you need to go and see Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is out in theaters TODAY!

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This film is EPIC! There is A LOT of incredible action from start to finish. There is never a dull moment. The action is non-stop.

The special effects in this film are awesome. I especially love the helicarriers. They are massive! The whole idea of a helicarrier that is able to seek and destroy any person who MIGHT pose a threat is pretty scary. Let’s hope technology never advances to that point.

The fight scenes, especially with the Winter Soldier, are amazing. I have no doubt that most people will be on the edge of their seats while watching them.

There are a lot of twists and turns and things you will not expect in this film.

If you loved the original film, Captain America: The First Avenger, you are going to LOVE this film. Personally I like this film much more than the first film. This one has a lot more action.

The film is over two hours long and rated PG-13. Due to the intense action on the screen I think this film is not appropriate for young children. I know there are plenty of 6 and 7 year olds out there who are anxious to see this film but I would strongly recommend that you go and see if FIRST so that you can judge whether or not your younger child can handle the intense action and fight scenes.

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Make sure you stay until the very end! And by very end I mean until the very last credit has been shown. There are two “bonus clips” in the credits – one possibly alluding to the next film. When I attended the screener many journalists left before the very last credit. Some came back but others missed out on the bonus clips.

I think even non-fans of the series, or those who are new to the Marvel universe, will phenomenal.

You can check out the film’s official Facebook page as well as the Twitter page. The official hashtag is #CaptainAmerica. To hear what other bloggers have to say about the film check out the hashtag #CaptainAmericaEvent.

If you see the film I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Feel free to leave a comment. I always love to hear from my readers.

Here are some great Captain America: The Winter Soldier activity pages and coloring pages for your enjoyment. In addition I have some fun facts about the film you might enjoy. Simply click on the links to save and download the information so you can print it out when you want to enjoy them with your family.

Captain America Winter Soldier Activity Pack

Captain America Winter Soldier Coloring Pages

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Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I attended a free screener.

Interview with Scarlett Johansson about Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

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A few weeks ago I had an opportunity that I am sure most guys only dream about – I had the chance to interview the lovely Scarlett Johannson about her role “Black Widow” in the upcoming film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow (April 4, 2014).

I can see why men adore her. She’s beautiful and very well spoken. She also kicks some major a$$ in the film. 🙂

Q: When are we going to a Black Widow movie?

Scarlett: The thing about working with Marvel… how loud the audience voice is, kind of resounds in their ears. I think because Marvel, and particularly Kevin Feige, is such a fan of the source material himself and understands that the fans are kind of what drive this train. If people want that, want to see that film, I’m sure that we can get something together.

Q: In this film she’s like cupid?  Why the transition?

Scarlett: Well first of all when the character is talking to Loki, you know, she’s kind of putting up this front.  She’s not, as we come to realize, being completely honest with him.  It’s partly for her widow face that she wears.  And in this film we really get to see a lot more of  Natasha. Natasha has a romantic side.

She’s been really damaged.  I think that very early on in the past (she) probably learned to not care too much about people because they could be easily taken away from her and used against her. She probably didn’t want to hurt the people that she loved the most.  And so she never needs them or never invested too much in them knowing that  it would probably put them in danger.

I think that she hopes that for someone like Cap, particularly Steve. I think she sees someone who could have sort of have his life enriched by sharing it with somebody.  That she sees someone that kind of yearns for that, but, you know, is also scarred by the series of events that have changed his life.  And maybe she’s kind of sees in Steve a little bit of herself and wants something more for him.

Q: Do you enjoy having your character mature?

Scarlett: Yeah, it’s been interesting. Of course when I went in to do Avengers, after having done Iron Man 2 which, you know, you kind of don’t know a lot about the character, you sort of see her in widow mode.  I met with Joss and we started talking. He did a bunch of research.  Because now at this point we’re invested in this character. I didn’t know if the character would work, or the audience would like her – Like my version of her. Once it became clear they did and I got the opportunity to explore more of her back story in Avengers, it really started to carve out what my kind of version of Natasha, what my reality could be.  I mean obviously it’s one of the oldest female superheroes. Probably the oldest one, and she’s got this vast library of source material and has had many incarnations and many different people have their hand in her stories. She’s made all kinds of connections and love interests and failures, and she’s been good and bad in everything.

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Q: Tell us about the stunts you did.

Scarlett: Well first of all my stunt girlfriend is this wonderful stunt woman by the name of Heidi Moneymaker – that’s her real name. She’s awesome. This is our third (movie) and she’s played the widow every time along with me. We have really worked together from the beginning to develop this fighting style that you see.  We want to keep the consistency of it. It’s such a fun – it’s such a playful kind of fighting style. It’s badass but it’s kind of sexy. It’s a little bit flirtatious. And it’s balletic giving a kind of a little nod to her past gymnastics. It’s also a bit of a nod to Heidi’s past. The Muay Thai and whatever else she would have learned with her kind of global experience. In Iron Man the fight sequences were really fantastic.

In the Avengers there was a lot more kind of gun play and stuff like that – wielding all kinds of crazy alien guns, and that was a mess.  This time around a lot of the fighting was pretty gritty.  A lot of handheld weapons and full on kind of fighting.

It actually made it a lot easier for me. First of all the crazy acrobatic stuff that you see I start and finish, and then Heidi does ridiculous things with her body that I could never do. Even if it was my job. She’s amazing. She deserves most, most of the credit. A very brave and very inspiring person. I just basically wound myself trying to emulate whatever she does. I want to be involved as I can.  And the stunt guys  let me do it because they’re nuts. [LAUGHTER]  There’s a big insurance policy on the film.

Q: Tell us about the Black Widow costume.

Scarlett: The Widow costume is, I have to say, is probably the most comfortable of the superhero suits because it doesn’t require a built-in air conditioning unit, like Hemsworth does (referring to the movie Thor). I don’t have under armor. I don’t have a huge leather cape, headdress, whatever, all that stuff.  It’s pretty straight forward.  It’s kinda like a wet suit actually. Sort of this one piece. I’m always amazed when it goes on and zips up. I’m like, wow – it’s on.

It’s totally empowering because once you get the belt, gloves, bracelets, guns and the boots it looks great.  It’s badass, It sells it. It’s kind of a superhero thing. It changes the way you stand. It changes your posture. You’re more aware of your body, obviously. I’ve grown to love it.  First I was terrified of it. And now I embrace it because it embraces me, actually.

I work hard to get into it and I’m proud to wear it. It’s fun. Kids love it which is great because it looks very superhero-esque. It’s kind of  utilitarian but it’s got the feminine thing going to it. It’s fun for them to have that to put on as opposed to like the tiny little skirt.  [LAUGHTER] A little cover-up with a tutu, stuff like that.

When I say Scarlett Johansson’s character, “Black Widow”/ Natasha kicks butt in this movie, I’m not kidding. Check out this brief clip staring Scarlett’s character from the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not only does she kick butt she still has a very feminine quality about her.

 

I sure wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. LOL!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters tomorrow, April 4, 2014.

You can check out the film’s official Facebook page as well as the Twitter page.

Do you plan on seeing the film? Who is your favorite superhero and/or Marvel character and why? I always love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I attended a press junket in order to participate in this interview. My travel expense were provided for.

 

 

Interview with President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige

 

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Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with several other bloggers to interview Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios. He is also the Producer of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which comes out on Friday, April 4, 2014.

I knew he was the producer of the film. I didn’t know at the time that he was also the President of Marvel Studios. That’s pretty neat.

Here is an excerpt from the interview where Mr. Feige not only touches up on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but also discusses upcoming movie releases from Marvel Studios that I’m sure many fans will be excited to know about.

Q: Can you tell us what comes next?

KF: We’re spending a lot of time now in the cutting room on Guardians of the Galaxy, which comes out August 1st. We just released the teaser for it recently. In about two weeks we start filming Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s coming up very fast and that will be the next movie up in May of 2015.  In about ten weeks, we start filming Ant-Man with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd. That comes out in July of 2015.

We haven’t announced what comes after that in 2016/2017 but we’re actively working on any number of things and are beginning to hone in on sort of exactly what the movies will be in ’16 and ’17.

Q: Is it intentional that you always incorporate older superheroes?

KF: Well I think its indicative of our development process. We just believe that’s the best way to bring the villains into it. It’s more personal in this movie than in any other movie because of who the Winter Soldier is.

Q: Are there perks with working with celebrities?

KF: No.  The only favor I want is for them to do the movie and to do an amazing job in the movie and they have done that up to this point.

Q: Talk about the controversy around Winter Soldier.

KF: Comic fans always knew sort of two things – characters die and come back to life in comics, like in soap operas. But there are two characters in the Marvel Universe that are never going to come back to life – Uncle Ben and Bucky Barnes. About 10 years ago a comic book writer, Ed Brubaker, went to publishing.  I didn’t have anything to do with it. He went to publishing and said, “I have an idea to bring Bucky Barnes back.” And I’m sure they’re like “what are you talking about?  You can’t do that.” And they pitched the idea and it was great. And it was the Winter Soldier idea and it was done so well. I think fans went “No, you can’t – Oh that’s great, we love that.”

Q: Talk about the difference in the tone.

KF: Well it was two things.  I mean one was we always want our movies to feel differently. We have two movies a year coming out. If they start to feel redundant, they start to feel like cookie cutter, you know, off the same assembly line, people are going to lose interest. And we will lose interest. I’m not interested in making the same movie over and over again. So it’s very important to us that we mix them up and that they feel very unique, each of the films.  We had a wonderful opportunity where you have a character whose origins were in the 1940’s (referring to Steve Rogers from Captain America). At the end of that movie we reveal that he’s now alive in the present day.  He’s got a brief adventure in the Avengers film but doesn’t have a lot of time to think about his current stay where he’s living, He’s got to stop this horrible event from happening.

So now this was the movie where we got to say OK, here’s Steve in the modern day, let’s do something totally unique, and that led us to the notion of doing the Marvel Superhero version of a ’70s Action Movie, a ’70s Political Thriller. He doesn’t fly and he doesn’t go visit other planets, so that gave us an opportunity to do the kind of action that we haven’t necessarily done before in our movies which is a ground base and visceral, you know, car chases and hand to hand combat. What Steve’s super power is other than sort of his strong moral foundation is he’s a super soldier. We wanted to showcase him in this movie. And we wanted to put him up against somebody that is equal to that, which is what the Winter Soldier was in a bad guy.

I’m glad people are responding to how unique the tone of this movie and how different, not just from the first Captain America film but from any of our movies that it has.

Q: Is there any hope to get other characters with other studios?

KF: No. I think we’re all busy. SONY’s busy working on Spiderman movies. Spiderman II is coming out very soon. Fox is working very hard on X-Men and they’ve got an X-Men Movie coming out very soon. And we clearly are spending a lot of time doing our two movies a year. I don’t want to say never say never necessarily but I don’t know that that would happen any time soon, and we’re certainly not planning for it.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige

Q: Talk about casting people.

KF: It varies.  I mean sometimes we do (cast people they know/already worked with). And sometimes it’s auditioning actors. Sometimes it’s a case where we (knew who we wanted). Frankly, with Anthony Mackie (they knew they wanted him). That’s who the Russos wanted. We thought he’d be great and he agreed. Sometime you know.

Getting a call from Mr. Redford’s agent saying do you have anything that might be good for him and we went Holy Mackerel, we sure do.   And we made some adjustments to that character – to increase his stature and to make it worthy of Robert Redford playing it.

Often times it’s just meeting with people and finding people who are interested. Michael Douglas on Ant-Man and Paul Rudd – both were  sort of first choices in terms of the characters they’re playing for us.

People seem to be excited about joining us and seem to trust that they’re not going to look silly in a costume or talking to a comic book character. They realize we take this very seriously and when somebody like Robert Redford or like Anthony Mackie or any of our actors sign up, that’s a big responsibility for us the film makers. We have to bring our best to the script and to the production and to the final product.

Q: With the backlog of Films, do you find this to be a challenge or is it easier?

KF: I don’t know if it makes it easier. It’s a bit of a challenge but it also is just fun. You know the challenge frankly as I sort of eluded to before is not to overdo it. As you know until the movie comes out, we’ll reveal that there are goings on at Shield and we want to say “Hey, what if a US Senator was part of this?” Well we have a US Senator and he was in one of our movies, Gary Shandling, so let’s bring him back. Let’s see if he might be willing to do it and he absolutely was and he flew to DC and shot that for us. Now that we’re approaching a dozen movies now, it is fun to go back and connect dots, in ways that you would do anyway.

Q:  What are you most excited about?

KF: I am most excited about how the world reacted to that teaser which I’m very, very happy with because that teaser, you know, represents the tone and the vibe of the movie quite overtly. So we were sort of leading with our most unique and different element, which is not always what movie markers do. We were leading with what the most unique elements of the movie are which I’m very happy with and more happy that people seem to be on board with it.

As we’ve been talking about today, each Marvel Studio’s movie needs to be unique, needs to feel like its own fresh entity, but Guardians takes that to the extreme. It really is more different and a fresh original movie. It happens to be based on a Marvel comic book but for all intensive purposes though, from an audience who has no idea who those characters are from the comics, it is an original movie.

Summer where there are a lot of sequels. There are a lot of remakes, so I hope people are as excited as we are to see something wholly new and wholly original.  That’s what I’m most excited about.

Q: Do you hope that Guardians becomes a series of films?

KF: Well sure. I mean, it takes place on the other side of the galaxy but at the same time, there are elements in it that quite directly link it into the other movie so it absolutely is a part of our cinematic universe. The truth is we don’t make every movie one at a time so we’re putting everything we have into that first movie. There other stories to tell – are there ways we could take them on other adventures?  Absolutely.  But we never find ourselves going “Oh, this is a great idea.  Let’s save this for Part 3?” No if you don’t put it in here, there won’t be a Part 3.  You need to put all the great ideas in the movie at hand. So that’s where all of our energies is going right now into Guardians.

For your entertainment here are the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Look for my interview (tomorrow – April 3, 2014) with Scarlett Johansson and Friday, my review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I did attend the press junket. All my travel expenses were taken care of.

Interview with Captain America’s Chris Evans about The Winter Soldier

 

Captain America The Winter Soldier Poster

On April 4, 2014 the highly anticipated Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, makes it way into theaters across the country.

I had the fabulous opportunity to screen the film a few weeks ago. I’ll be sharing my review at the end of the week (April 4th – the film’s release date). If I had to sum it up in one word it would be AWESOME!

A few weeks ago the blogger group I was with had the opportunity to interview the cast of the film – Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Scarlett Johansson (“Black Widow”) and the always funny Anthony Mackie (“Falcon”).

I will have to admit that I was swooning over Chris. He is certainly nice to look at. 🙂 He’s also really funny and a ball of energy.

Here are some highlights from the interview.

Q: What qualities in Captain America do you find in yourself?  

Chris: Aww.  How do you answer that question?  He’s such a good guy… What do I find in myself? I think he’s always trying to do better.  You know, I don’t think I’m as good of a man as he is, but I think as good of a man as he is, he’s always trying to improve, so I think the one thing I am working towards on a daily basis is just trying to find ways to evolve.

Q: Do you find that that character has good qualities, and plays like a role model?

Chris: Oh, completely.  Yeah.  When I took the role, there’s a kid that I grew up with. This kid named is Charlie. You can all write this down.  Charlie Morris. He’ll love this. But he won’t. He’ll hate this, because he’s Captain America.  He’s like, the best kid I know. He was an Eagle scout. And being an Eagle scout is not easy.  You’ve got to really do it for a long time. But he’s just such a good man, and he genuinely puts himself last. He lives by a code. When nobody’s looking, he’s the man that he wants to be, and that’s impressive.

When I took the role, I told Charlie, “Listen.  I’m modeling this after you.” And it’s such a great character to aspire to be. It’s such a great character. If you’ve got to go to set every day and try and tweak your brain into a certain state of mind, that’s a pretty good place to be.

Q: What was it like, seeing yourself as Captain America for the first time?

Chris: For the first time? Terrifying. Because I think the first time I saw it, it was back when I was still pretty, um…insecure, and a little apprehensive about taking the role.  So, it was a real dichotomy.  There was a simultaneous joy, but at the same time, a deep fear.  But that’s eroded over time, and now it’s very familiar, and it feels very comfortable, and I’ll just spit on the table for a second. It feels great now, and damn, if I had said no, I would have been the biggest fool on the planet.

Q: Who would win in a fight between Batman and Captain America?

Chris: Oh.  You’ve got to go with Captain America.  Come on. I thought you were going to say Captain America and the Human Torch (the character he played in Fantastic Four).  That’s a tougher question. Batman? What does he have? Toys?  Don’t write that. It’s going to be Captain America.

Chris Evans Captain America

Q: If you had a 2nd choice for a superhero to play, who would you choose?

Chris: You know, I’ll say it – I miss Johnny Storm. I liked the Human Torch. He was a fun guy to play.

I would say someone like Iron Man, but no one can touch Robert Downey Jr. It’s fun to play someone with life. It’s fun to play someone who enjoys embracing their abilities, and Johnny Storm was a lot of fun to play. And that costume was comfy.was like a wetsuit. It was perfect.

Q: How many different shields did you have to use during the filming of this, and did you take any home?

Chris: Yeah, they gave me one.  There’s probably like four or five different shields. There’s the one shield that’s heavy and ridiculous. That’s just for show. And then every now and then, if you have to hit somebody, you get this kind of fiberglass shield. And if you have to throw it, you get a foam shield. There’s a bunch of different shields, but they did send me one. It’s sitting in my house. It usually comes out after everyone’s had a few drinks. Photo shoots happen.

Q: What was your most memorable moment during filming? 

Chris: When I saw Robert Redford walk in the door. Everyone was nervous that day. Everybody was scared. There was a whole buzz on the whole set. But it’s Robert Redford. You know. I grew up watching this guy. He is a living legend. So it was intimidating. It was exciting. It was rewarding. It was surreal. So, for me, just sharing the screen with him, I mean, c’mon. That’s it?  All right!

Q: With the fighting styles, what was your preparation like with the martial arts? Are you comfortable with it?

Chris: Comfortable now. In the beginning it’s a tricky process, and it’s tough realizing that certain things, you’re not good at right away.  You just want to be like, “I can do that,” and then you’re awful and you’re like, “I guess I can’t do that.”  One of the things that I had in between the first Captain America and the first Avengers, I had played the Captain America video game. I don’t know if anyone’s played the video game. I’m not really a video game guy.  Someone handed me the controller, and I was playing, and the way Cap moves in the video game, there’s a fluidity and it’s very acrobatic. It’s very aerial.  He uses his environment, and it’s almost this beautiful, smooth dance, and when I first met with LaRusso, I said, “Have you played the video game?”  And truthfully, I swear to God, they said “You know what?  We referenced the video game, too.”  I said, “Good, good, we’re on the same page.  But that means we need to incorporate a little bit more of an acrobatic approach to fighting.” So they put me in gymnastic classes, which is something I always wanted to do, kind of, anyway.  [LAUGHS] I mean, I wanted to go play on like, the balance beam, but they were like, “No”. 

It was more like it was tumbling, essentially. Parkour-style gymnastic stuff. Flipping, and spinning, and just kind of getting a sense of your body in the air. So we did about two months of that. We did two months, a few hours, each day, and it was invaluable. It really lends itself to a lot of those fight scenes.

Captain America Winter Soldier Chris Evans

Q: What is next for Captain America?

Chris: Meaning within the structure of the films? Well, that’s going to be tough to say. Marvel is so hush-hush about everything. People ask about the Avengers 2 scripts, and you want to try and give them something, but it’s so dangerous, because you give one sentence, and that sentence is blown out of proportion. I can’t. I can’t touch it. It’s too dangerous. Yeah, Avengers 2. Basically, what happens in Avengers 2.  Can’t go there.

Q: How is it, working with Anthony (Mackie – he plays “Falcon” in the film)?

Chris: Did anyone see the press conference? I mean, he’s fantastic. Is he going to come in here at some point? Oh, I want to be in the audience! He’s great. Him and I, we’re very similar people, and this is my third movie with Mackie, you know? We’ve done, outside of the Marvel Universe, we’ve done a couple of things together, and the first time I met him wasn’t even on a film set. We met out one night, and just you know, kind of got along, right away. He just has this innate energy.

Movies can be extremely tedious and tiresome, and I have never seen him drag on a film set. He comes to set, and immediately has an energy, and everybody is smiling and laughing. And, you know, certain days when he’s not there, you’re like, “Why?  Why is this day awful? Mackie is not here!  Where’s Mackie?” He’s just, he’s a ball of energy, and you know, he’s just a very optimistic person, and it’s infectious.

It was a great interview. As I mentioned Chris was a lot of fun and full of energy. He had us laughing too.

Later this week I’ll be sharing our interview with Scarlett Johansson, Producer Kevin Feige, Sabastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. I’ll also be sharing my review of the film. Please keep a look out for these posts.

You can check out what the other bloggers on the trip have to say by searching for the hashtag #CaptainAmericaEvent on the social media sites.

What do you think about Captain America: The Winter Solider? Will you be going to see it when it hits theaters?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I attended the press junket. My travel expenses were covered. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.