Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 6 Things We Learned From The Cast
Captain America returns with a brand new movie this Friday, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but before you immerse yourself in this great Marvel adventure, here are six things we learned during the press conference for the movie from cast members in attendance Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and producer Kevin Feige.
Putting The Suit Back On
When asked what it feels like to put the Captain America suit back on for each movie, Evans responded, “It always feels like it gets tighter. It’s like I thought it was supposed to get more comfortable. I feel like this got worse. I’m not joking. That really happens. They always make improvements on it and this type of thing, once you get a good sweat going, it loosens up quite a bit. It’s exciting. Again, a lot of it has to do with the fact that you’re making good movies. If you were disappointed with the previous film, it’s going to be hard to mentally prepare yourself for living in that thing for four or five months, but since Marvel just can’t stop making quality movies, it’s exciting and it’s humbling and it’s an honor to jump back into it – no matter how uncomfortable it is.”
Working With Anthony Mackie
When asked about working with Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans shared, “I’ve known Anthony for a while now. This is our third movie together. It’s funny. Everyone that I’ve worked with up here, it’s familiar and it’s old relationships, so – when I first met Anthony, it actually wasn’t on a movie set. We got along very well. We’re very similar people. So we hit it off very well offset and then this is like I said we just got along and so it was very easy having just kind of a repartee with him offset and I think that translates onset and it’s just he’s – you can tell right now, the guy is life, he’s energy – you know, onset, in the press conference, that’s character. He just brings a certain type of spark that you need on film and you need off as well.”
Being Excited About The Movie
Samuel L. Jackson was asked what excited him the most about this movie, he shared “Well, I’m always excited to do more and Nick seems to grow with each film and I realized when I was reading it that it was a bit more than just a comic book feature, that it had intrigue and I’m sure a lot of young people are going to be surprised when they get in the movie and watch it that they actually have to think about something other than what’s going on. You’ve got to figure out a plot. And that always excites me. It’s always a great, great joy to know that I’m going to be back in a space with all the people that I enjoy working with and being able to do things that I did on a very small scale when I was a kid. I mean this is a dream come true. You sit there and you read comic books when you’re a kid and you wonder if there’s a world like that. You grow up as an actor and they start making movies like that and you wonder, “How can I get in that movie?” And then next thing you know, you’re inside it and you’re kind of like, “Yeah.” So, you know, they’re all pluses there.”
The Growth of Black Widow
When asked about the evolution of the Black Widow, Johansson shared “I think this is the first time that we’ve really gotten to see kind of Natasha.” She explained that in this movie, “we really get to see Natasha as a person who gets up, gets ready for work in the morning, has a life outside of just her job once she’s out of the suit.”
She added, “I think, Steve and Natasha kind of questioning their own identity, realizing that they thought that they were pretty strong people that had their beliefs or whatever, kind of twisted morals they might have, or whatever they are, maybe the Widow more than Caps, but at the end of it, they realize wait, I actually don’t know who I – I’ve actually been told kind of – I’ve been this sort of hired hand for this – my entire professional career and sort of young adult life and who am I and what do I want and what do I need from someone? So both of these characters are kind of left – in some ways there’s a kind of cliffhanger at the end, because you really see that they’re just kind of crusting the wave of having this huge moment of self-discovery and hopefully I think we’ll be able to track where that goes in the next installments.”
Preparing For The Part
When asked how she prepared physically for the movie, Johansson shared, “I had come off of doing a Broadway run, which is pretty much the most physically challenging thing you can do and I felt like if anything was going to prepare me to have stamina, it was that, so everything seemed like a piece of cake after treading the boards for that long and I think I was in pretty solid shape from that run. And then, you know, just maintaining it. Boring. Get up at 5:00, go to the gym, you know, all that stuff that’s horrible, not glamorous at all, and train like a dude and then eat a bunch of lettuce and whatever. That’s how it goes. Nothing fancy.”
Possible Black Widow Movie
When asked about a Black Widow movie, Kevin Feige said, “I think it could be great. We’ve got various outlines and ideas of where to take that. As Scarlett has already said, there’s a big element that explores her back story in an upcoming Marvel feature. So the question really is when would we want to take her out of that ensemble to go and do her own thing? In fact, as you saw in this movie, as you’ll see in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she is kind of key to so much of the broader world.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released to theaters this Friday, April 4th.