Chris Evans on his new movie Gifted and the end of playing Captain America
From playing first Avenger, Captain America to going viral on social media with pictures of his adorable rescue dog; Chris Evans never ceases to make us fall in love with him. Even though he has been in some of the biggest superhero movies, he has never shied away from playing smaller movies like Gifted.
With Avengers: Infinity War hitting the theatres, he talks about what he will miss most about playing Captain America, his adorable chemistry with his co-star, McKenna in Gifted and what he was like in school.
The chemistry you two have is absolutely adorable and McKenna seems perfect for the role. What was the process of choosing McKenna for the role of Mary?
Mark and I were in New York and we auditioned maybe 4-5 kids and McKenna just walked in there and nailed it. The thing is when you have a child actor you kind of want the freedom that the kid brings to the equation but you also want a kid who knows that this is a job and has to be professional at times and she just had the perfect balance of that. She is child obviously, she’s got a wild and unpredictable nature but also knew when it was time to be professional. I also think the chemistry is really a testament to Mark Webb for trying to create films that explore the complexity of relationships and I think in order to make that work you have to develop something off camera and we all showed up in Savannah few weeks prior to filming and just spent time together so you bond before the cameras even roll.
What was school like for you? Was math your thing?
Yeah actually I was probably better at math than other subjects, my family likes Math. My dad actually majored in Math in college. Math is something I feel we really enjoyed in our family to some degree maybe not so much the other subjects but Math was okay *smiles*
The film has really dealt with a critical subject, when you see that your child has a special ability, when do you push them to hone their skills and achieve something and when do you let them go and just be kids?
God, I wish I knew. The devil’s got to be in the detail. It depends on what the gift is. It probably depends on how it can be incorporated in their life without disrupting their natural rhythm. I don’t know, it’s a tough question.
Your career has been so interesting. You have played characters like Captain America, one of the biggest characters of all times but you keep jumping into these little films. What is that little spark that leads you to those types of films?
I don’t know. I am not quite sure. There is definitely a different structure to smaller films. The way these movies are made, the factory operated differently. I am not saying I necessarily prefer one or the other but part of the beauty of being a film actor is that you kind of explore the variety. You get the opportunity to follow whatever your capricious nature may be. So one minute you feel like doing something that is big and grand, go for it. If the next minute you feel like doing something small and intimate that not many people will see, you’re afforded that luxury as well.
With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theatres and as the story goes, your most famous role of character of Captain America will be coming to an end. What will you miss most about playing Captain America?
Well, it’s just that my contract is over. That’s just as far as I know. I’ll miss everything. It’s not just the character but it’s the people, the experience, such good movies, such wonderful memories. I’ll definitely miss a lot.
Be sure to catch the heartwarming story of Gifted as it makes its first Indian television premiere on Star Movies Select HD on May 3 at 7 pm.