So who would you rather interview about Avengers: Age of Ultron – Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. How about both . . . AT THE SAME TIME! I have to admit that, even though I was at the other end of the table, the view was still pretty nice. What stood out to me even more, though, was just how much fun they were having during the interview. Read on and you’ll see what I mean.
Now Chris 1 and Chris 2 (per Mr. Evans’ request to call them that) were kind of chatty so the interview is a bit long. However, there’s a nice audio clip I’ve included for you 🙂 Enjoy and stay tuned for four more interviews!
Avengers Age of Ultron Interviews: Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth
Q: Do you guys find something that you discover about your characters each time you put on the costume? Or do you feel like you really know the character by now?
CHRIS EVANS: Well, you know the character but you hope there are always new challenges. You hope as an actor there’s always a new hurdle to jump and a new arc to discover. You know the first couple of movies you try to read as many comic books as possible to make sure the built-in audience, the fan base, is going to be satisfied with what you bring to the screen.
But then, in terms of where the character is going, that’s up to the director and whoever’s doing it. And that’s always new and that’s what makes these exciting to come back to. If it weren’t new, it would get old, stagnant and the audience would feel it.
Q : More about you know, really researching the character. Do you feel that playing Capt. America has made you more wholesome? Do you think that’s changed you as a person at all?
CHRIS EVANS: Sure. I mean, there’s no denying. Any actor will tell you if you have to live in any headspace for an extended period of time, you’re going to take some of it home with you. You hope that some of the character comes home with you. You hope to see more of yourself, you hope to see more of Steve Rogers in who you are on a day-to-day basis. So yeah, absolutely.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Unless you’re playing Hannibal Lecter . . .
CHRIS EVANS: Sometimes you get hungry for people and look, it’s method . . .
Q: Did either of you . . .
CHRIS EVANS: Did either of you ever eat a person?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Just this once. Tastes like chicken.
CHRIS EVANS: Once I was in the Philippines.
Q: No, I was just going to ask if you had a favorite superhero . . .
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Oh, a little different.
CHRIS EVANS: That’s what I meant to say.
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth Interview Goes Back on Track
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Superman was mine. It was probably the first of the superhero films, wasn’t it?
CHRIS EVANS: When you’re a kid you kind of like what you’re given to play with. So I had a Spiderman toy and so that was kind of my thing. I never really watched Spiderman comics but he was my guy. He was battling ninja turtles a lot.
Q: So going off of that if you weren’t Thor and weren’t playing Captain America would you choose . . .
CHRIS EVANS: To be a ninja turtle? Yes. Would anyone here not want to be a ninja turtle?! Great cast.
Q: What character would you love to play?
CHRIS EVANS: To be honest, I’d love to play like an Ironman. You know, Steve Rogers is such an internal guy. I just want to make some jokes. Can I just make some jokes? I don’t get any jokes and, you know, Ironman is this fun, free, loose guy.
It was a lot like when I was doing the Fantastic Four movies. It’s fun to play someone who wears their emotions on their sleeve and Steve’s not exactly that way. So any other superhero who gets to be a little more sassy I would take. Yeah, Cap’s not sassy. So, Black Widow. Yeah, I’d look good in that black outfit.
Q: Yeah, we’ d agree.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Me too.
From a Young Fan That’s Being Bullied
Q: I have a question from a 10-year-old fan, a little boy who is a victim of bullying. He wants to know if you think it’s okay for a boy to have long hair?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Of course it is. Absolutely. My dad had long hair for years. In fact, was asked to play for a football team, invited down to a big league in Australian football. It was quite a big opportunity. And the coach said, yeah, cool but you’ve got to cut your hair because he had a ponytail. And he said no and walked away. And gave up that dream and did something else, honestly. That really kind of impressed me. I think part of him sort of says I should have just cut my hair.
I think, absolutely, why not? What is the issue there? If anyone is narrow-minded enough and limited in their thinking to think that that is an issue, then they’ve got the problem. And you wait, in a few years’ time that kid will understand that that other kid has larger problems, you know?
CHRIS EVANS: Anytime I see a kid with long hair I’m like, that kid is so much cooler than everyone else.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Girls love long hair so tell him that.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Yeah, there you go. He’ll be fine. He’s going to clean up in a few years’ time. And that bully who’s teasing him is going to get nothing.
Q: Going off of that with little kids do you guys have a favorite moment or favorite thing to do offset but as your characters?
CHRIS EVANS: Well, that’s the best thing about these characters, kids love them. There’s really nothing like seeing a little kid’s face kind of light up, kind of freeze in the moment, because I know what that was like. I met Hulk Hogan when I was 10 and I was like, AAHHH! Everything just went blank.
It’s just those little moments that can really impact little kids’ lives. So any way you can incorporate yourself in those little kids, whether it’s going to the hospital when kids are sick or going to a theater where kids are learning to be creative and find themselves. Any type of environment where you can encourage that is great. And that’s one of the real perks of playing this role.
Q: How much fun was it to have the scene around Thor’s hammer?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: It was great. It was good to see us all in normal clothes and not being superheroes. And for me personally, Thor can get so kind of stuck being the godly prince or king or whatever he is. I can’t keep up with him. It’s nice to be in civilian clothes. And what do these guys do when they’re not saving the world? It’s relatable for people in the audience and that was exciting to read and be a part of.
Avengers Age of Ultron Off-Set
Q: Can we go off of what you are saying just now? Do you guys hang out after the movie?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: We try not to. Just save it for the screen.
CHRIS EVANS: I’m truly sick of everybody. No, absolutely. I mean, that’s one of the best parts of this job. Any movie you’re going to get stuck doing a franchise with there’s a lot of variables that could go south. The movies could just be lousy or you could hate the director or you could hate the cast. Luckily, I don’t know how it happened, but none of that has happened. We’ve got great movies, love the directors, and the cast has become family. So absolutely. Outside of filming we all hang out, we all cause trouble.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: I can’t tell you how many people when I was about to do Avengers went, oh, good luck on that set.
CHRIS EVANS: Don’t work with Chris Evans.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: The egos, yeah, especially him. But about like the egos and, “Ah, I wouldn’t want to maintain that set.” I didn’t see any of that and I still haven’t. But as Chris said, we got lucky and we do honestly have a great time.
The Real Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth Revealed
This part just doesn’t translate well into written form. You have to hear it for yourself. I asked a Chris Hemsworth if he ever went into “God-speak” (just a word I made up for the way Thor speaks) off set during filming. I got a much different answer than expected. Chris Evans was laughing so hard and leaning back so far in his chair that we all thought he was going to fall. Listen in:
CHRIS EVANS: I think every character has to come a little bit from you. One of the things I do as an actor is try to adjust who I’m speaking to. Obviously, if you’re not playing like some pedophile or something like that, there’s always something. I do believe there’s always something that you can tap into for every role because you have to make it your own. You can’t be too foreign or off-base because you have to make it something familiar.
I grew up with a kid named Charlie Morris and you can all right that down because he’ll love it. And this kid, this was a kid who was an Eagle Scout. You know what it takes to be an Eagle Scout as a kid? This is a kid who was 18 years old and was going on like his Eagle Scout like thing. He was just the best guy I knew, just a good guy. And so a lot of times you kind of draw parallels to what Charlie would do. The trickiest thing is to try to make him likable. He doesn’t joke, he’s not fun. He’s not like sassy or loud or anything. So you try to play this guy and not come across as boring, which is the most dangerous thing about the character.
So I mean, it’s fun because it’s not me. I’m a very open guy. I wear my emotions right on my sleeve and this guy is a little more inside himself. But that’s what makes it like a fun challenge and, like I said, you do draw on parts of yourself. But I also lean on Charlie quite a bit, too, so write that down, Charlie Morris. He’s a good guy.
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I was invited on an all-expense paid media trip as a guest of Disney and Marvel in honor of the Avengers Age of Ultron movie. All opinions are my own.