Marvel’s Avengers are about to assemble back onto the big screen in what is likely to be one of the biggest movies of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st). During my recent trip to L.A. I, along with a select group of bloggers were able to attend the movie’s press junket day, and a big part of that day included a double dose of Chrises. I’m not going to lie, being able to meet and ask them questions was a very big deal, the whole group was really excited. Thankfully Chris, and Chris did not disappoint! Their time with us was filled great conversation, silly banter, and a lot of laughter.
Below are just a few of the highlights from our interview with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Or to quote Chris Evans, Chris one, and Chris two…
Do you find that you discover something 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’s always new challenges. You hope as an actor there’s always a new you know, hurdle to jump in a new arch to kind of discover. So, even though you kind of feel –. 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 the writer…
Do you feel that playing Capt. America has made you more wholesome?
Chris Evans: If that’s even possible. (insert sarcasm) I mean, I’m already a boy scout.
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 it’s going to, you’re going to take some of it home with you. Now it’s, you know, there’s no way to sound right saying this but you hope, 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…
I have a question from a 10-year-old fan. A little Chris Hemsworth fan.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Oh, cool.
A boy who is a victim of bullying. He has a question for you. He wants to know if you think it’s okay for a boy to have long hair?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Of course it is. God, yeah. 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.
CHRIS EVANS: Wow!
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: And what was really kind of impressed me –. And he, I think part of him sort of says, I should have just cut my hair. But, you know, moral point and I think absolutely. God, why not? What is the issue there? And I think people who –, if anyone is narrow-minded enough to and limited in their thinking to think that that is an issue or you know, 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 anything I have ever was.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Girls love long hair so tell him that.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: 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.
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: Oh sure, sure. Well, that’s the best thing about these characters, kids love em. You know, so there’s really nothing like seeing a little kids 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 like 10. And I was like, oh. Everything just went blank and it’s just –. Those little moments that can really impact little kids’ lives. So anyway you can kind of you know, incorporate yourself in those little kids. Whether it’s you know, whether it’s going to the hospital of kids who are sick or going to a theater where kids are learning to be creative and find themselves. Any type of environment for you can kind of encourage that is great. And that’s one of the real perks of playing this role.
Do either of you ever kind of go into God-speak every so often?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Just when things need to get done. No. Just when the lights go off, yeah. Honey.
CHRIS EVANS: Best answer ever. There’s no answer that is going to be better than that one ever. I was going to make a horrible joke about like putting the cap back on the toothpaste. That is so much better. Oh man, I’m not Thor. There it is. That’s the best answer of the day…
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: (in Thor voice) Honey, let’s bring the thunder….Too far? Too far?
CHRIS EVANS: That’s phenomenal. God. What’s Cap speak? Uh.
CHRIS Evans: (emulating Captain America) Let’s talk about this.
You played so well with Tom Hiddleston, did you feel his absence at all?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Uh, no. Sick of that guy (insert laughter). I mean, when I came into it I remember talking to Tom for we were just doing Thor 2 right before this. And I thought, oh no, like they are the sort of yen and Yang. And you know, who’s Thor without Loki?
Tom has impressions of both of you.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Yeah, not very good.
CHRIS EVANS: I don’t think they’re that good. I saw them and I was like, yeah, right.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: We’re way cooler than that.
What aspects of Capt. America’s personality are coming from you and what are the most difficult to portray?
CHRIS EVANS: I’m not sure –. Well I think every character has to come a little bit from you. I mean, the truth is you got to –, no matter who you play and one of the things I do as an actor is try to adjust who I’m speaking to. You know, there’s always going to be whether you plan I mean –. Obviously, if you’re not playing like some pedophile or something that like 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 off base because you know, you have to make it something familiar.
So you try to play this guy and not come across as boring you know, 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 you know, like I said, you do draw on parts of yourself.
Watch for more Avengers: Age of Ultron blog posts to be published here soon, including interviews with Elizabeth Olsen & Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige, Jeremy Renner & Cobie Smulders, James Spader & Paul Bettany and a movie review !
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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FTC Disclaimer: I attended an expense paid trip by Disney/Marvel to press events for Avengers: Age of Ultron. All opinions shared are always honest and my own.