Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues the big screen adventures of Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), taking place after the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers.
Rogers in now living in Washington DC, still trying to adjust to the modern world, but when a S.H.I.E.L.D colleague comes under attack, he must join forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to once again save the world.
The actors spoke with journalists about their new, spectacular movie, which opens on April 4th.
Chris, when the first film came out, you were very candid about your concerns of maybe being typecast, and your loss of anonymity. Do you have any regrets three years later?
Chris: Had I not done the movies, it would’ve been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would’ve been the biggest regret to date and there are plenty. It changed everything for me, not just what it’s enabled me to do outside of these movies, but it’s so comforting knowing that you’re making good movies.
It would be nightmare to be trapped in this contract and be making films that you’re not proud of, but Marvel has the Midas touch, so every time you suit up, you know that you’re making something of quality. It’s rewarding on every level, so thank God I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision.
Scarlett, how did you prepare physically for the role? It seems to be pretty intense, how challenging was it to do those stunts?
Scarlett: 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 was in pretty solid shape from that run.
Maintaining it? Boring. Get up at 5:00 a.m., go to the gym and all that stuff that’s horrible, not glamorous at all, and train like a dude, and then eat a bunch of lettuce.
Samuel, can you tell us what went through your mind when you first got the script, which has lots of twists in it? What excited you about it?
Samuel: I’m always excited to do more and Nick seems to grow with each film. 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 the plot, and that’s always exciting for me.
It’s always a great joy going back in a space with all the people that I enjoy working with. 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 the next thing you know, you’re inside it and you’re like, ‘Yeah!’
What’s it like to return to a character?
Scarlett: It’s an interesting challenge to keep coming back to this character. I have the good fortune of playing a character that’s evolving with each installment that you see her in.
It’s a very complex character, which is wonderful for me, because over the period of time I’ve played her, I’ve also grown in[ my] career, [my] work and [my] life, so I feel the character’s story is more enriched as my own experiences are.
Chris, when you come back to the character how does it feel to put the Captain America suit on each time?
Chris: It always feels like it gets tighter. 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 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 know 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 [suit] for four or five months, but since Marvel just can’t stop making quality movies, it’s exciting and humbling and it’s an honor to jump back into it, not matter how uncomfortable it is.
Chris and Samuel were asked what it was like working with the legendary Robert Redford on the movie. Click below to see their response.