In all the buzz over The Iceman and its limited release last weekend, most of the fuss has been over the triumphant return of 1990s goddess Winona Ryder. Yet Chris Evans has been lurking in the background and just waiting to be noticed — in the movie, he plays a hitman nicknamed “Mr. Softee” and dances to Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” in a gay nightclub — which is strange because Chris always gives a good interview. Sure, he’s handsome and has a nice body, but I actually find him pretty bland in a physical sense and merely look forward to witnessing the weird, rambling things that come out of his mouth. Like when he spills his guts about liking Boston girls who will sh-t on him (not literally), or girls with big asses, well, that’s pretty endearing.
Now Collider has released a discussion with Chris that took place during last fall’s TIFF where The Iceman premiered. As always, Chris is transmitting his usual loveable freak-out vibes and treats this interview like his own personal therapy session. So get ready to hear more about how Chris agonized over that multi-picture deal with Marvel (he eventually signed on for 6 films) and how he can’t stop second-guessing himself. At least he admits that he’s “a whiny bitch” even if we probably wouldn’t put up with this from most actors:
Yay, more neuroses! “It’s so funny how it evolved. That was part of the whole…when the Captain America stuff came around you kind of take a little bit of a gut check. When you first get to L.A. you are so excited to be there and there is this competitive fire. There is this desire to get to a certain place, but it is all brand new and there is no downside. You really don’t understand anything. So you kind of want to fight and get there. Then as you kind of continue and you make movies and you realize…you start to see some of the pros and cons of the situation. Then you think, ‘Well, maybe what I wanted isn’t exactly what I wanted? Maybe I kind of want to find…’ I think that in the beginning you think, ‘I want to be the biggest movie star in the world.’ And then with the more movies you make you are like, ‘I don’t know if I want to be that anymore. I think what I am looking for is something different.’ I like acting but a lot of times, stardom comes with a lot of strings attached. Then you look at other careers and there are just other careers out there and you look at someone like a Sam Rockwell or someone like that. He has done so many great movies, he has so much respect from his peers, he is a fantastic actor, but I am sure that he can walk down the street without any bother. That is when you start to think, ‘God, maybe there is a happy medium.’ I don’t even know what the question was anymore.”
On scoring the Iceman role: “I got this movie because of [Cap]. If I hadn’t done that…you know, James Franco had this role and he fell out. When he fell out…I know Ariel [Vromen] as a friend but he called and basically said, ‘Listen…’ I know how independent films work. They obviously crunched the numbers and putting me in the role worked for the numbers. I mean foreign sales, or whatever you want to call it. That would not have happened without Captain America and that would not have happened without The Avengers. So I owe a lot to that. And it is nice to have your work seen. It really is.”
Hoping his Marvel fans will follow him to indies: “Yeah. See, I guess you know what it comes to down to? I’m such a little bitch. I don’t know what my issue is. I really am. I’m such a f***ing whiny bitch, man. Do I even want to…see, this is the issue. I wish my agent was here because we have had this conversation a lot lately. What is the goal? Is my goal to be a giant movie star? You start to realize, or at least I have in the past couple of years, that is not my goal. It is a very strange thing to realize. It is a very strange thing because when I moved to L.A. at 18, that was the goal. The goal was to get to a point in your career where you can make the movies that you want to make, do what you want to do, and have access and freedom. You want to climb the ladder. Even just the competitor in you wants to earn it. But then these things start happening.”
He controls his Twitter account: “Nobody helps me. It is just me. But when I first got on it I was like, ‘This is great!’ and for the first month I was like ‘Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!’ I haven’t tweeted in like a month and a half or something. I don’t know.”
On working with Michael Shannon: “He is just fantastic. He is so committed. You get him off set and he is a happy guy and he is a cupcake. He is the nicest guy on the planet. He is joking, laughing, having a bottle of wine, and having a good time. But then on set the guy has a focus and a commitment and a dedication. That type of intensity…it breeds allegiance. When you are around a guy who is so in the zone it is infectious. His acting style is so grounded. With this character….my character is pretty out there. So you try different levels, you know what I mean? You might try the first take here, the next take here, and the next take here. As you rise up, Michael stays steady and almost acts as an anchor. You try things kind of further and further off the wall and you kind of feed off of him, and it brings it back down to a mutual place or a realistic place. It is like playing basketball with Michael Jordan — he is just going to make you better.”
On moving from The Avengers to Cap 2: “Well, it is a much bigger commitment. The good thing is that we did it once. Gearing up for Captain 2 you think, ‘Alright, there was obviously a difference in the workload from Captain America to The Avengers. And you have to get back in the mindset. You have to remember ‘Alright, this is on you, man. You have to take this seriously.’ The fact that The Avengers did so well….you have an obligation. There is a serious obligation to fans who are expecting a great movie. A lot of that starts with making sure that you are physically ready to play the role and look the role. So a lot of that is in my head.”
It’s pretty easy to visualize Chris while he’s freaking out and rambling like a paranoid mad man, isn’t it? The funny thing is that so many people find Chris endearing for his quirks and propensity to freak out about the good things in life, but he really is easy to compare to Kristen Stewart as far as his inability to cope goes. They’re both so twitchy, and he and Kristen both curse like sailors with well-padded wallets. The difference is that with Chris, these affectaions really do seem authentic. Chris also appears to be genuinely grateful for his unexpected (to him) success, and it doesn’t seem like he’s faking a persona.
Here are some photos of Chris kicking some dude’s ass on the set of Captain America: The Winter Solider. Look, there’s Scarlett Johansson’s
butt stunt double too!
Photos courtesy of WENN