Chris Evans Talks About CAPTAIN AMERICA’s New Suit And Improved Fighting Style
Yesterday was a big Captain America: The Winter Soldier day. We got three snazzy new character posters and our first look at Batroc the Leaper (which you can see here). Set visits also hit throughout the day featuring a chat with the film’s star, Chris Evans. This particular round of set visits took place before Comic-Con, so we’ve learned a little about what was being teased on set since then. Evans did have some particularly interesting things to say about his new suit as well as Cap‘s improved fighting style though.
Thanks to set photos and officially released stills from Marvel, we know that Steve Rogers will be wearing a couple of different uniforms in the Russo brothers directed film. There’s his old WWII suit, a stealth suit, and an Agent Steve Rogers Super Soldier inspired costume. Evans talks about the main suit he’ll be wearing throughout the film as well as how it compares to the divisive Avengers costume:
I do like the new suit a lot. I do like the new suit. I can tell you that I think a lot of people like the old suit as well, after The Avengers. Not to say anything bad about The Avengers suit. The Avengers suit was wildly comfortable, but I think a lot of people enjoy the old suit. I think a lot of people enjoyed the World War II aspect of the first movie. There was something about that that other people liked.
While fans were divided on whether or not they liked the Avengers costume, whether or not Cap‘s ears should be covered by his helmet was a more hotly debated topic. It’s a slight esthetic change to the helmet, but I’ve never seen a costume aspect so hotly debated in some circles than whether we should see some ears. Evans says this costume unleashes his ears, but it was hard for him to be comfortable with it for a while:
Well they get some air on the new suit. I always liked the ears inside. I always thought I kinda had big Dumbo ears and whenever they tried the helmet with the ears on, I was like, “Please don’t make me do this. I look so silly.” But they did some really good things. It looks a lot better. The new suit does actually have the ears out and it looks okay, so I was like, “All right. I can live with this.”
You may remember a few months ago Chris Hemsworth said he was a big advocate for Thor going without his helmet because it kept hitting him in the nose (you can read that hilariously titled article here). It seems the big, strong Marvel boys aren’t fans of the headgear. Unlike Hemsworth though, Evans seems to be powering through it. One thing the actor really has to power through is training for his fight sequences. It sounds like Cap‘s fighting style has been completely upgraded for the sequel. Evans says that the Captain America video game was a big inspiration for the new moves:
That’s what we were all saying. I remember when we were first talking with the Russos … Has anyone here played the Captain America video game?
I love it. [laughs] And I don’t like video games. And I love it because I love the way Cap moves, he moves so well and he just beats ass. [laughs] It’s like, that’s how this guy needs to be moving. This isn’t just the guy who’s been given the ability of speed and power, he’s been training. He’s been put through… he’s got the frame of mind to absorb this information, so you can only assume with training and his ability, the guy should really be dangerous. And we should show that. It’s not just, “Take Jason Bourne and make him” you know. If Jason Bourne can do it, Cap should be flying through these things. So we had a bit of fun turning up his power, turning up his speed. So the fights are a lot more grisly and impactful, and in my opinion, cooler.
The actor confirms that the shield will be used a lot more in fights as well as some acrobatic moves. That’s another big part of the video game that Evans loved since Cap “was flipping off things and spinning and jumping and using his environment, it wasn’t just punch, punch, kick, kick. That’s fine but this has to be more than The Bourne Supremacy.” The fights are more expansive and intense, but Evans says it’s all just a big dance you have to learn the moves to:
It was a bit of a chore but it was fun. I was excited. They put me in gymnastics classes and I was doing combat stuff every day for a few months. It’s a lot of fun because once you get the dance down, and all it is is a dance really, the choreography, when you get the dance down you can start working on the acting, because you can’t telegraph a block or a punch, and you have to show if you’ve been hurt. When it’s sharp, when it’s neat, it just feels so good. It’s so great, it feels like dancing. It just looks so good. We have such good stunt coordinators and choreographers. The Russos really have a handle on how they want to shoot this. Sometimes you watch the stunt guys do a little playback in the stunt warehouse and it looks okay, and then the Russos get in there with these great angles and a lot of great camera movement. Some of the films they even referenced in those first meetings of how they wanted the fight sequences to look was spot on. The footage that I’ve seen is awesome.
There’s still a whole lot more from the actor about the film and the evolution of Captain America. You can read the entire set report by clicking the source link below. Evans seems very happy with the sequel and what he’s gotten to do with it, which is a great sign. He’s always seemed to be the one that’s a little more reluctant about things compared to the other Avengers. This time around though Evans say’s he’s loving his relationship with Marvel right now. With the Russo‘s already in talks for Captain America 3, Evans might be happy with being Cap for a long while to come. What do you think about the actor’s comments?
Source : Collider