What happens when you get to sit next to CHRIS HEMSWORTH in an interview for 20 minutes? Somehow I drew the lucky seat—next to THOR. Some people wonder how you can accomplish that and not drool or fawn, but honestly, it’s my job to be professional. I can manage myself (barely) next to the Sexiest Man Alive for an 18-minute interview. In a million years, I never thought I would meet Chris Hemsworth or meet Chris Evans.
It even harder to maintain your composure when said Sexiest Man Alive makes a joke about using God-speak “Just when the lights go off.” And then continues with “Honey, let’s bring the thunder.”
Oh yes. That happened.
Had the interview lasted 25 minutes? Well, there’s no telling what would have happened then.
Somehow I drew the lucky seat.
Chris Squared was a genuinely funny interview. Hysterical. You get to decide for yourself whether Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth is “Chris 1” or “Chris 2.” Heck, maybe they’re both “Chris 1.” Even throughout the interview, they couldn’t agree who was 1 and who was 2.
Chris Squared have a very obvious friendship that goes beyond having merely filmed together. They each have a fantastic sense of humor, albeit a bit warped, and definitely silly. Usually I'll edit our interviews so they are much more refined, but I really wanted you to get a feel for the joking, laughter, and outright shenanigans that took place during this interview. You're welcome.
Just imagine sitting in a room inches away from Thor and Captain America, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans…but don't ask me how you get to meet Chris Evans or meet Chris Hemsworth, but I don't really know.
Tell us about your favorite fight scene in the movie? Each of you.
CHRIS EVANS: In my favorite one I wasn’t even in, the Hulkbuster and the Hulk. That’s my favorite one.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: 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 fights, and it looks like it’s one big tracking shot. I mean that blew my mind as to how they even did that. Yeah.
Do you guys find something that you discover about your characters each time you put on the costume? Or do you feel like you really know the character by now?
CE: 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 kind of discover. 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 [Whedon]. 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.
Do you feel that playing Captain America has made you more wholesome?
CE: If that’s even possible. I mean, I’m already a Goddamn Boy Scout.
Do you think that’s changed you as a person at all?
CE: Sure. I mean, there’s no denying. 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 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.
CH: Unless you’re playing Hannibal Lecter. That one…
CE: …Sometimes you get hungry for people and look, it’s method…
CH: You want to eat a person.
Did either of you –
CE: Did either of you ever eat a person?
CH: Just this once…
CE: …Once I was in the Philippines.
CH: …Tastes like chicken.
No, I was just going to ask if you had a favorite superhero growing up.
CH AND CE: Oh, oh.
CH: A little different.
CE: That’s what I meant to say.
CH: Superman was mine. It was probably the first of the superhero films, wasn’t it?
CE: 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, but he was my guy. He was battling Ninja Turtles a lot.
If you weren’t playing Captain America would you choose those portray?
CE: To be a Ninja Turtle? Yes. Would anyone here not want to be a Ninja Turtle? Great calves.
To be honest, I’d love to play Ironman. Steve Rogers is such an internal guy. I just want to make some jokes. Can I just make some jokes? I don’t get any jokes and you know, 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.
CH: So, Black Widow?
CE: Yeah. I’d look good in that black outfit.
CH: Yeah, you would. Me too.
One of the bloggers had a question from a 10-year-old boy who is a victim of bullying for Chris Hemsworth. “Is it okay for a boy to have long hair? Because you’re Thor.”
CH: To have long hair? Of course it is. God, yeah. Absolutely. My dad had long hair for years. In fact, 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, yeah, cool 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.
I think part of him sort of says, “I should have just cut my hair.” But, you know, moral point, and “I think absolutely. God, why not? What is the issue there?” If anyone is narrow-minded enough and limited in their thinking to think that that is an issue, 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.
CE: Anytime I see a kid with long hair I’m like, that kid is so much cooler than anything I ever was.
CH: 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.
On doing cool things for kids, like Chris Evans did for charity with Chris Pratt after the Super Bowl this year.
CE: Well, that’s the best thing about these characters, kids love them. So there’s really nothing like seeing a little kid’s 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 incorporate yourself in those little kids’ lives, 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.
How much fun was it to have the scene around Thor’s hammer?
CE: It was a good scene.
CH: Fine with me, because they couldn’t pick it up. It was great. It was good to see us all in normal clothes and not being superheroes. And for me personally, Thor can get so 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 what do these guys do when they’re not saving the world? It’s relatable for people in the audience. And that was exciting to read and be a part of.
Do you guys hang out after the movie?
CE: Oh yeah.
CH: We try not to. We try to save it for the screen.
CE: I mean, truly sick of everybody. No, absolutely. I mean, that’s one of the best parts of this job. Any movie you’re going to do a franchise with, there’s a lot of variables that could go south. 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.
CH: I can’t tell you how many people when I was about to do Avengers went, “Oh, good luck on that set.”
CE: Don’t work with Chris Evans.
CH: The egos, yeah, especially him. But about like the egos and the, aw, 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…
CE: …I’ll be the dick.
CH: But as Chris said, we got lucky, and we do honestly have a great time.
Going to the last question we had a second ago, do you ever kind of go into God-speak every so often?
CH: Just when things need to get done. No. Just when the lights go off, yeah. Honey.
CE: 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.
CH: Honey, let’s bring the thunder. Too far? Too far?
CE: Oh, Jesus.
CH: Let’s make it rain in here.
CE: That’s phenomenal.
What aspects of Captain America’s personality are coming from you and what are the most difficult to portray?
CE: Well I think every character has to come a little bit from you. One of the things I do as an actor is try to adjust who I’m speaking to. I do believe there’s always something that you can tap into for every role because you have to make it your own. You can’t be too foreign or off-base because you have to make it something familiar.
I grew up with a kid named Charlie Morris, and you can all write that down because he’ll love it. And this kid, this was a kid who was an Eagle Scout. You know what it takes to be an Eagle Scout as a kid? He was just the best guy I knew, just a good guy. And so a lot of times I kind of draw parallels to what Charlie would do but, the trickiest thing is to try to make him likable. You know, he doesn’t joke, he’s not fun. He’s not sassy or loud or anything.
So you try to play this guy and not come across boring, which is the most dangerous thing about the character. So I mean, it’s fun because it’s not me. I’m a very open guy. I wear my emotions right on my sleeve, and this guy is a little more inside himself. But that’s what makes it a fun challenge. Like I said, you do draw on parts of yourself, but I also lean on Charlie quite a bit, too.
CH: You meet some good guys though don’t you?
CE: Well, sometimes.
Is he on Twitter so we can all tweet him?
CE: No, probably not. He’s too good for twitter. You know what I mean? He’s not doing that shit. He’s like a good guy. He’s like helping women across streets.
Oh my God, “When the lights go off.” That was hilarious. Best line of the day. Can you imagine doing stand-up comedy?
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