Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans reprise their roles as Thor and Steve Rogers/Captain America in Joss Whedon’s new movie Marvel’s The Avengers.
When Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), steals the Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) gathers the Avengers together to save the day.
Hemsworth and Evans spoke with us about the movie at the film’s press day.
How are your characters used in this movie?
Evans: Big parts of Steve Rogers are his good nature, high morals and strong values. Those morals and values were created in a time when people treated each other differently.
The level of interaction was a bit deeper. Everything feels one step apart with all of the technology we have now.
A lot of the things that he believed in, stood for and loved have changed. They’re not gone, they are just different. He’s trying to find his footing in a modern world.
Hemsworth: Thor has more of a personal investment in what’s happening than the other superheroes, because Loki is his brother.
The bigger conflict for him is that he’s trying to protect to protect the greater good, but he has some deep questions about what is going on with his brother.
You play the fish out of water in the group. Can you talk about that?
Hemsworth: We all kind of fall into that category. It’s a dysfunctional family; we somehow belong [together] in amongst the fact that we don’t belong anywhere else.
But Thor is from another planet, and I guess his motivation through the conflict [is the fact] the villain was far more personal than to the rest of them, because it’s his brother.
We’re used to seeing you as the jokester and the smart ass. In this you’re the straight man to Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark.
Evans: It’s tough not getting any jokes. I am use to leaning on cracking jokes and being a wise ass, so it’s nice to play it straight a little bit. In this film more than the first Captain America, Steve Rogers has some issues, some conflict, some trouble given the fact that he is a man out of time.
But given who he is as a man, his nature, he puts that second, he puts the mission first and he’s just selfless. That’s a fun character.
What was your most memorable moment in filming The Avengers“?
Hemsworth: I think the first day on set with the whole ensemble, which was a pretty exciting and nerve-wracking experience.
But it was amazing.
Evans: I think mine was the scene where Thor and Iron Man are fighting.
I had just seen Thor a day prior, and I’d yet to see Hemsworth or Downey in their full suit.
I showed up that night, and it was the first time I saw them geared up. I just got really excited, I felt like a little kid.
I was honored to be part of it.