Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Role of a Lifetime

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This April 4th, in just 4 short days, Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters and the legacy of Steve Rogers continues. If you enjoyed the first Captain America, you will be captivated by the ongoing struggle of Steve Rogers as he adjusts to the modern world and faces his largest internal struggle yet. In this highly anticipated Marvel sequel, Steve Rogers realizes that S.H.I.E.L.D. is beginning to compromise the values of the nation, and he battles an internal war of ethics as he fights to save the world around him. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Captain America finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. He must fight off constant threats upon his life meant to silence him forever. Eventually, Captain America finds himself facing his toughest enemy yet – the Winter Soldier. In this action packed movie we see Captain America’s unbendable morals put to the test.

In a recent interview, Chris Evans sat down with a group of bloggers to reflect on the role of a lifetime as Captain America and what it is like portraying a man of such strength and loyalty.

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When asked if he sees qualities of Captain America within himself, he answers with hesitation and a chuckle. Finally, he settles on a comparison between his own daily evolution to become a better person and a need for constant growth to accommodate the ever changing world. Evans likens Captain America to a childhood friend that grew up to be an Eagle Scout.

He sees the same unique morality in his friend as he does in Captain America stating “when nobody’s looking, he is the man he wants to be.”

The integrity of Captain America is something Evans is fully aware of. After representing Captain America, Evans feels he is “such a great character to aspire to be.” The modesty of Evans parallels the humility of Captain America and further proves what a perfect fit Chris Evans is for the role. He admits when he first accepted the project he was “insecure and a little apprehensive about taking the role.” Nonetheless, he knew if he “had said no, [he] would have been the biggest fool on the planet.”

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In this new movie we also see the spectacular fight scenes that make Captain America so legendary. Evans regales his days spent rehearsing a particularly intense fight scene confessing that it took, “three days [to film], and it was awful.” Prior to actual shooting, Evans spent a month rehearsing what he describes as “literally a dance.” In the end, the practice paid off and the scene comes together in a combination of incredible ease and deadly force. Even with the intense physical strain, when Evans heard them yell “action” he would “give everything.” The scenes display the difficult work put into training and pull you to the edge of your seat.

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It wasn’t just the fight scenes that prove Evans hard work. He also did many of his own stunts including running through walls! But it took months of training and even tumbling and gymnastics classes to get the right amount of agility and strength to perform as Captain America. Evans, as well as the directors, also used footage from the Captain America Video game to capture the very fluid and acrobatic movements.

Of the overall filming, Evans declares that his favorite moment was “when [he] saw Robert Redford walk in the door.” Having grown up seeing Redford on the big screen, Evans was thrilled to be working with such an incredible actor, and maybe a touch intimidating as he confessed.

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While Evans couldn’t say what was in store for Captain America in the future, he did rave about his experience with directors Anthony and Joe Russo. It is the role of a lifetime and Evans took the character to heart giving it his all to portray the true struggle and essence of Captain America. Be sure to catch all the drama and action packed into this incredible film.

Check back for more exclusive interviews with the rest of the cast. In the mean time, pick up your advance tickets to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier on opening day!

Thank you to Marvel for providing the opportunity to speak with Captain America. All opinions remain my own.

41 thoughts on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Role of a Lifetime”

  1. I would have been excited when I saw Robert Redford walk in the door, too! I just watched “All Is Lost.” It was really good. :)

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  2. I can’t wait to watch this movie! The pics are amazing Jeana! I bet it was a blast to interview Chris Evans!

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  3. I’m such a nerd (and that makes me happy), I can’t wait to see any new Marvel movie when it comes out. In theater. And we rarely see anything in theater.

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  4. You’re so lucky to get to interview him! My 9 year old LOVES Captain America. He can’t wait to see this movie.

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  5. It’s impressive that he took gymnastics and tumbling classes to prepare. Gotta love a man that will do his own stunts!

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  6. My husband mentions he can’t wait to see the fight scene with George St-Pierre in the role of the Winter Soldier. I’m sure it was wonderful to get these insights from Chris Evans!

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  7. I was so sad to hear about this decision to retire from acting and just focus on directing after his MARVEL stint is over. I hope he changes his mind! We’re going to see a Captain America screening tonight – can’t wait!

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  8. My daughter saw a preview for Captain America and loved it. She said it was full of action. I’m not a Cap fan but may check it out.

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  9. This sounds like it will be a good movie. My household is not into Action Heroes so I don’t believe we will be seeing this movie.

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  10. It sounds like he really put a lot of heart into the role. I haven’t seen it yet, but now I can’t wait to see the fight sequence.

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  11. I am not a huge super hero fan, but Big Bang Theory has inspired me. I may just have to go see this movie!

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  12. This sounds so interesting! I want to watch the first one so I can understand all of the story when I see this one.

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  13. sigh. i love my superheros. and yes. they are mine. i have a total ‘thing’ about them. swoon and stuff, but i love the action too

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  14. My son is so excited to see this movie I know he can’t wait. I am not a big fan but just seeing him I am kinda excited too.

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  15. My hubby and the kids can’t wait to see this movie. The 10 year old has taken to wearing his Captain America shirt everywhere!

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  16. This movie looks awesome! I love anything involving super-heroes. I am hoping to see this on the weekend if I am off of work. A big group of us have already planned a group viewing!

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  17. It’s always awesome to hear of actors doing their own stunts. I’m sure some could be a bit dangerous so it’s pretty inspiring!

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  18. My husband is dying to see this movie. He loves the Avengers and all of those movies. I’m a fan of Chris Evans so I’ll see it with him!

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  19. And this is where I wish I had a young boy that was into this super hero stuff.. I have three little princesses that are still obsessed w Frozen.

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  20. My husband and I were going to go see this over the weekend, but alas we both ended up getting sick and stayed in all weekend. Sigh. We are planning on trying again this weekend.

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