Captain America Cast Talks The Winter Soldier
By: Lynn Barker
Kidzworld went to Beverly Hills to mingle with Marvel superheroes Captain America, Black Widow, their boss Nick Fury and new enemy Winter Soldier (otherwise known in the “real” world as actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan).
The gang “got real” on a variety of subjects including their training, comic book reading as kids, action scenes, the emotional core of the film’s story and how their characters grow and change for the better in this second “Cappy” movie. Check it out!
Kidzworld: Scarlett, it was very interesting to see a more humorous side of your Black Widow (Natasha) character in this film. How do you think she has changed? This is the third time you have played her.
- Scarlett: I think this is the first time that we’ve really gotten to really see Natasha. We saw a little bit of her in Avengers and we saw a bit of her back story. We’ll see more of that in Avengers II, but in this film, we really get to see Natasha as a person who gets up, gets ready for work in the morning and has a life outside of just her job once she’s out of the suit. She has her own kind of reality outside of this.
- Steve (Captain America) and Natasha kind of question their own identity, realizing that they thought they were pretty strong people that had their beliefs or whatever but, at the end (of the film) they think, “I’ve been this sort of hired hand for (S.H.I.E.L.D.) my entire professional career and young adult life but who am I and what do I want and what do I need from someone?” So both of these characters are kind of left cresting the wave of having this huge moment of self-discovery. I think we’ll be able to track where that goes in the next installments.
Kidzworld: Cool. Chris and Scarlett, this movie is full of people with “trust” issues. Almost everyone is wondering “Who can I trust?”. Do you two have personal trust issues? What must someone who might want to be your friend do to make you trust them?
- Chris: Oh man! They always offer money. No! Well, it takes time, you know, and it takes experience (with them). You need to earn trust and that’s not something that happens overnight.
- Scarlett: I trust no one. No! I only trust whoever Sam Jackson trusts. That’s my barometer right there. I don’t think people have to prove themselves in order for me to trust them. I think I’m mostly trusting by nature and usually, I guess I wait for people to prove me wrong and then I don’t trust them after that.
- Chris: You start with an “A”.
Kidzworld: And then they might end up with an “F”.
- Scarlett: And you never get it back. Yeah, once I don’t trust you, you’re out of the circle.
Kidzworld: Sebastian, how did you grow to understand your Winter Soldier “baddie” character? He had to change a lot since the last movie (when he was just Steve’s pal Bucky Barnes).
- Sebastian: It was actually pretty simple, because the Winter Soldier’s very direct and he follows on this very specific trajectory path which is pretty much automatic, receiving orders, carrying them out and don’t stop at anything until you achieve your goal, so I feel it was probably more complex for the other characters honestly than what I had to do in the film.
- Most of the work on the character, I had done before the first film, when I was first educated about it. It was a different version of the character in this film that we were introduced to in a certain way. Still, at the end of the day, I was trying to walk away from it having left some type of mix of the new character with some of the old aspects that you would sort of remember when you would see it in its entirety.
Kidzworld: Scarlett, is Natasha a fun character to come back to? Does it feel very comfortable coming back to her?
- Scarlett: Yeah, it’s an interesting challenge to keep coming back to this character and I have the good fortune of playing a character that’s evolving with each installment that you see her in. I have to understand who this character is and where she comes from and have this rich back story and I think the exciting thing is just scraping away at a little part of that each time to reveal a small part of the bigger picture of her.
- She is very complex character, which is wonderful for me, because over the period of time that I’ve played her, I’ve also grown (as a person) obviously. It’s been like six years and you grow in your career, your work, your life, so I feel that the character’s story is more enriched as my own experiences are.
Kidzworld: Natasha is such a strong female character. How do you feel about her being a role model for girls?
Kidzworld: Chris, when you first played Captain America three years ago you were concerned about it affecting your personal life when everyone knew your face and also worried that you might get typecast as “Cappy”. Have your feelings changed?
- 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’s changed everything for me. I mean 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 a 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.
Kidzworld: The famous actor Robert Redford plays a major role in the movie. How was working with him?
- Chris: He’s amazing. It was pretty intimidating that day, because he is a living legend, but it’s always such a treat when someone you look up to that much lives up to the expectation. I mean he very easily could’ve come onset and hijacked the film, not just as an actor, but given his past as a director and his experience. He very easily could’ve taken over. He showed up with the utmost professionalism. He knew his lines. I think the first day we filmed, we shot until 1:00 in the morning and he stuck around for my off camera stuff. I mean it was like it was his first movie. So he really is such an example of what it is to be great.
- Sam Jackson: I met Robert in a lot of different situations when I was going to Sundance when I was a younger actor and I missed an opportunity to do several films with him over the years. And that morning when I got there to work with him for the first time, we sat down and we talked about a lot of different things. We talked about golf. We talked about life. We talked about movies. So by the time we got onset, it did look like we spent time together or had some past (experiences).
- He is everything Chris said. He’s professional. He knew his lines. He wanted to try them different ways. He wanted to make things better and that’s part of coming into the Marvel universe. People come in and they see what we do and they kind of want to blend into it and make things better, and as we continue to do it, things do get better.
Kidzworld: Scarlett, Black Widow is super physical in this movie. How challenging was it to do those stunts?
- Scarlett: Well, I had come off of doing a Broadway run (in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”), 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, it’s just maintaining it. Boring. Get up at 5:00, go to the gym and train like a dude and then eat a bunch of lettuce and whatever (everyone laughs). That’s how it goes. Nothing fancy.
Kidzworld: Sam, what excited you about playing Nick Fury in this second Captain America movie? What did you think when you first read the script?
- Sam: 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 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.
- And it’s always a 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. 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.” All plusses there.
Kidzworld: Chris, you spend a lot of time in Cap’s suit now so when you first put it on when you come back for each film, does it still feel as exciting when you pick up the shield?
- Chris: Well, it always feels like it gets tighter (laughter). 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 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 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.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is in theaters April 4th!