Chris Evans Laughs Off Questions About His New Captain America Co-Star
04.07.10 by BJSprecher
The biggest news coming out of Marvel Studios lately was the announcement that Chris Evans would be donning the winged mask and hoisting the trademark shield of the "Star-Spangled Avenger" in director Joe Johnston's The First Avenger: Captain America. Publicized just one week before San Francisco's WonderCon comic book convention, everyone expected Evans, who was invited as part of the panel discussion for his latest movie, The Losers, to discuss the role, but he was extremely tight-lipped. After dodging several interviewers, he did say that Captain America is "a great character to play." In a new interview snippet, MTV tried to get him to comment on the casting of Sebastian Stan as James "Bucky" Barnes, Captain America's WWII sidekick, and Evans' response was hilarious!
Bucky was a staple of Captain America comics during the 1940s, so his inclusion in Johnston's movie was a huge nod to the fans of the comics on which the movie is based. In the comics, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, was born in 1917 and became Captain America in 1940, making him, essentially, perpetually 23-years-old (since comic book characters don't really age). Bucky was born in 1925, making him 15 when Rogers became Captain America. In the original stories, the young Bucky was a camp mascot, not a soldier, which is how they explained having a 15-year-old in combat situations. Struggling to come up with anything that Evans would comment on about The First Avenger, the interviewer for MTV asked about how Stan, who is only two years younger than Evans, would play the much-younger Bucky in the movie and Evans laughed off the ridiculous question.
I don't know if they're going to make him younger in the movie. The script is still going through so many changes. I really have no idea what the age difference is going to be.
It is interesting to note, however, that Evans said that the script, which was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, is still being worked on considering principal photography is expected to begin in just two months.