When I received the invitation to attend the #AvengersEvent press junket in L.A, never in a million years, imagined that I will get to interview two of Hollywood’s biggest stars! Yes, you know who they are! These two actors are Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) or as they refer to themselves, Chris 1 & Chris 2. 🙂 The day of the press junket, ahead of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be in theaters May 1. My fellow, #AvengersEvent bloggers and I, took the opportunity to converse with both Chrises about their role’s in the movie.
The world of Avengers heroes will once again assembles in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the best part of this reunion is seeing all these amazing actors together: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner. Their bond and incredible chemistry jumps at you from the beginning of the film to the individual interviews.
An Interview with Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
As soon as both Chrises walked in the room, their amazing energy and enthusiasm proceeded them. They kicked it off by referring to themselves as: “Chris 1 & Chris 2!”, just that expression alone set the tone for the entire interview. Now, let’s go into the fun Q&A with Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth.
On the Chrises favorite scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron: (Note that by this point neither of them had seen the movie)
Chris Evans said: “My favorite one, I wasn’t even in it, it is the Hulk Buster and the Hulk.”
Chris Hemsworth said: “I haven’t seen that scene. I haven’t seen the movie. But from the trailer what looked cool was the kind of tie in shot between all of us. And at the very beginning of the film where it cuts from each of our individual fight. And it looks like it’s one big tracking shot. I mean, that blew my mind as to how they even did that.”
Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth on their role’s:
Question: Do you find something that you discover something about your characters each time you put on the costume? Or do you feel like you really know the character by now?
Chris Evans said: “Well, you know the character but you hope there’s always new challenges. You hope as an actor there’s always a new hurdle to jump in a new arch to kind of discover. So, even though you kind of feel You know, the first couple of movies you try to read as many comic books as possible to make sure the built-in audience, the fan base is going to be satisfied with what you bring to the screen. But then in terms of where the character is going that’s up to the director and the writer and Joss and the [SOUNDS LIKE: Russo’s], whoever’s doing it. And that’s always new and that’s what makes these exciting to come back to. If it weren’t new, it would get old, stagnant and the audience would feel it.”
Question: Do you think that playing Captain America has changed you as a person at all?
Chris Evans Said: “Sure, there’s no denying. Any actor will tell you if you have to live in any headspace for an extended period of time it’s going to, you’re going to take some of it home with you. Now it’s, you know, there’s no way to sound right saying this but you hope, you hope that some of the character comes home with you. You hope to see more of yourself, you hope to see more of Steve Rogers in who you are on a day-to-day basis. So yeah, absolutely.”
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – The Hammer Lift Competition
Question: How much fun was it to have the scene around Thor’s hammer?
Chris Evans said: “It was a good scene”
Chris Hemsworth said: “It was fine with me because I couldn’t pick it up. It was great. It was good to see us all in normal clothes and not being superheroes. For me personally, Thor can get so kind of stuck being the godly, prince or king or whatever he is. I can’t keep up either. It’s nice to be in civilian clothes and see what do these guys do when they’re not saving the world. It’s relatable for people in the audience. That was exciting to read and be a part of it.”
Chris Evans said: “Well, said.”
On their Fans…
Question: Do you guys have favorite moment or favorite thing to do offset but as your characters?
Chris Evans said: Oh sure, sure. Well, that’s the best thing about these characters, kids love them. You know, so there’s really nothing like seeing a little kids face kind of light up, kind of freeze in the moment because I know what that was like. I met Hulk Hogan when I was like 10. And I was like, oh. Everything just went blank. Those little moments that can really impact little kids’ lives. So anyway you can kind of you know, incorporate yourself in those little kids. Whether it’s you know, whether it’s going to the hospital of kids who are sick or going to a theater where kids are learning to be creative and find themselves. Any type of environment for you can kind of encourage that is great. And that’s one of the real perks of playing this role.
Although, our interview with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth was funny and lighthearted, one subject in all parents’ mind came about and both Chrises addressed it when asked:
Question: A little boy who is a victim of bullying. He has a question for you. He wants to know if you think it’s okay for a boy to have long hair?
Chris Hemsworth said: “Of course, it is. God, yeah. Absolutely. My dad had long hair for years. In fact, he was asked to play for a football team, invited down to a big league in Australian football. It was quite a big opportunity. And the coach said, you’ve got to cut your hair because he had a ponytail. And he said no and walked away. And gave up that dream and did something else, honestly.”
Chris Evans said: “Wow.”
Chris Hemsworth, also added: ” I think part of him sort of says, I should have just cut my hair. The moral point and I think absolutely. God, why not? What is the issue there? If anyone is narrow-minded enough to and limited in their thinking to think that that is an issue or you know, then they’ve got the problem. And you wait, in a few years’ time that kid will understand that that other kid has larger problems, you know?
Chris Evans said: “Anytime I see a kid with long hair, I’m like, that kid is so much cooler than anything I have ever was.
Chris Hemsworth added: “Girls love long hair so tell him that. He’ll be fine. He’s going to clean up in a few years’ time. And that bully who’s teasing him is going to get nothing.
Chris Evans extended: “Yeah.”
The best part about spending time with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth was how rateable they were and the other thing was that I was able to ask them this question: Do you guys hang out together after the movie? Chris Evans immediately jumped in an said: “Oh yeah!”, followed by Chris Hemsworth, who said: “We try not to. [smilling] We try to save it for the screen.”
Chris Evans added: “I mean, truly sick of everybody. No, absolutely. I mean, that’s one of the best parts of this job. I mean, any movie you’re going to get stuck doing a franchise with there’s a lot of variables that could go south whether or not the movie. I mean, the movies could just be lousy or you could hate the director or you could hate the cast. Luckily, I don’t know how it happened but none of that has happened. We got great movies, love the directors and the cast has become family. So absolutely. Outside of filming we all hang out, we all cause trouble.”
Chris Hemsworth added: “I can’t tell you how many people when I was about to do avengers went, oh, good luck on that set.” While Chris Evans expressed: “Don’t work with Chris Evans. [Chuckling]”.
Chris Hemsworth also added: “The egos, yeah, especially him. But about like the egos and the wouldn’t want to maintain that set. I swear to God, like it, I didn’t see any of that and I still haven’t. And I don’t know if no one wants to be the dick or the one who kind of you know. While Chris Evans overlap him by stating “I’ll be the dick.”
Finally, Chris Hemsworth said: “But as Chris said, we got lucky and we do honestly have a great time. You know?”
As you can see both Chrises were kind with their time and answers, they were both absolutely amazing to interview! It is clear that their friendship goes beyond a simple co-worker relationship, as well as, they are both amazing people inside and out. Keep following along here on the blog and on social media for even more fun interviews and Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review.
Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be in theaters May 1, 2015. Starting Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. For more information please visit the Avengers Facebook page.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer #3
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
Disclosure: I was provided with an all expense paid trip to L.A to facilitate the review of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, no additional compensation was received.