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Note: I was invited to Los Angeles to participate in the Avengers: Age of Ultron press event, where I was able to see the movie and interview the people involved in making it. Travel and accommodations were covered by Disney and Marvel, but all thoughts and experiences are my own. Movie and group photos are courtesy of Disney and Marvel. Interview shots are by Louise Manning Bishop / MomStart.com Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1!
It’s not every day that you find yourself sandwiched between Thor and Captain America …but that’s exactly what happened earlier this month. Chris Evans – Me – Chris Hemsworth. Kind of cool. This is the kind of story I’ll be telling my grandkids.
I swear I didn’t push anyone out of the way. I just got very lucky. I was standing in the back of the group picture but was prompted to move down to the front to make room for the actors. I knelt down just as Chris Hemsworth leapt toward me on the floor. All I could see was Chris (he’s a tall guy if you haven’t noticed) and I didn’t want to a) loose that accidental prime spot next to Chris Hemsworth or b) not be seen in the group shot at all. I was only slightly conscious of the fact that Chris Evans had joined the group next to Chris Hemsworth. I decided that my best option was to lean over Chris Hemsworth’s shoulder. I leaned over to the right just as the first picture was taken. And I realized that I was peeking through a Chris window. Right in between Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. Holy cow.
A few people have asked if Chris Hemsworth smelled good. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t paying attention. I might have been in shock. I was just proud of myself for not doing something really stupid.
Oh, and the interview was pretty awesome, too.
Want to hear what they had to say? NO SPOILERS.
This interview was tough to convey in a post simply because there was so much hilarious banter and lots of laughter. If you get nothing else from this interview recap, know this: Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans are genuinely nice, fun, funny, personable people. And I promise you we all had a blast during our interview. (Scroll down to listen to the full audio)
What was your favorite fight scene in the movie?
EVANS: “In my favorite one I wasn’t even in (it), the Hulk Buster and the Hulk. That’s a long fight scene, too. It keeps going.”
HEMSWORTH: “I haven’t seen the movie. But from the trailer what looked cool was the tie in shot between all of us. And at the very beginning of the film where it cuts from each of our individual fights. And it looks like it’s one big tracking shot. I mean, that blew my mind as to how they even did that.”
Do you discover something new about your character each time you put on the costume?
EVANS: “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 and a new arch to discover. 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 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.”
One blogger then asked a follow-up question: Do you think that’s changed you as a person at all?
EVANS: “Sure. Any actor will tell you if you have to live in any headspace for an extended period of time you’re going to take some of it home with you. Now 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.”
Who was your favorite superhero growing up?
HEMSWORTH: “Superman was mine.”
EVANS: “I mean when you’re a kid you kind of like what you’re given to play with. So I had a Spiderman toy and so that was kind of my thing. I never really watched Spiderman comics but he was my guy. He was battling ninja turtles a lot.”
What character would you love to play?
EVANS: “To be honest, I’d love to play Ironman. I just want to make some jokes. Can I just make some jokes? I don’t get any jokes and Ironman is this fun, free, loose guy. And it was a lot like when I was doing the fantastic four movies. It’s fun to play someone who wears their emotions on their sleeve. And Steve’s not exactly that way. So any other superhero who gets to be a little more sassy
I would take. Yeah, Cap’s not sassy.”
HEMSWORTH: “So, Black Widow?”
EVANS: “Yeah. I’d look good in that black outfit.”
Is it ok for boys to have long hair?
A 10-year-old fan who is a victim of bullying asked if Chris Hemsworth, who rocks the long hair as Thor, thinks it’s okay for a boy to have long hair.
HEMSWORTH: “Of course it is. 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, ‘but 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. And you wait, in a few years’ time that kid will understand that that other kid has larger problems, you know?”
EVANS: “Anytime I see a kid with long hair I’m like, that kid is so much cooler than anything I have ever was.”
HEMSWORTH: “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.”
Do The Avengers hang out after the movie is done?
HEMSWORTH: “We try not to. We try to save it for the screen.” (Joking)
EVANS: “I mean, we’re 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. 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 (with The Avengers). 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.”
HEMSWORTH: “I can’t tell you how many people when I was about to do Avengers went, Ooh, good luck on that set.’ The egos and maintain(ing) that set. I swear, I didn’t see any of that and I still haven’t. But as Chris said, we got lucky and we do honestly have a great time.”
THE BEST INTERVIEW QUESTION EVER
Ready for this? My friend, TerriAnn from Cookies and Clogs asked if Chris Hemsworth ever went into “god-speak” off the set.
HEMSWORTH: “Just when things need to get done. No. Just when the lights go off. Honey….”
EVANS: “Best answer ever. There’s no answer that is going to be better than that one ever. I was going to make a horrible joke about like putting the cap back on the toothpaste. That is so much better. Oh man, I’m not Thor. There it is. That’s the best answer of the day.”
HEMSWORTH: “Honey, let’s bring the thunder. Too far? Let’s make it rain in here.”
EVANS: “That’s phenomenal. What’s Cap speak? Least sexy talk ever.”
Did you feel Tom Hiddleston’s (Loki’s) absence at all?
HEMSWORTH: “Uh, no. Sick of that guy. (Joking) I mean, when I came into it I remember talking to Tom (since) we were just doing Thor 2 right before this. And I thought, oh no, they are the sort of Ying and Yang. Who’s Thor without Loki? (Without Loki) it’s a whole different dynamic.”
Well, I can tell you that WE missed Loki (we’re big Tom Hiddleston fans at our house!) but…well, let’s just say that the cast of this Avengers is amazing. Perfection. Not lacking in any way.
If you’d like to listen to the entire audio of the interview, I uploaded my recording here (I may have listened to this audio a few *dozen* times already…).
About Avengers: Age of Ultron
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. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1!
Here’s that Hulkbuster clip that Chris Evans mentioned above:
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Be Sure to Check Out My Other Avengers Posts!
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review
- Producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Chats About Avengers: Age of Ultron
- When Joss Whedon says cross your arms, you cross your arms (and other Avengers-speak!)
- That Time I Was Sandwiched Between Thor and Captain America (Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans Interview)
- Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Join The Avengers: Exclusive Interview With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Coloring Pages #Printables
- Avengers Easter Eggs
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