Dominic Cooper on Playing Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger
02.01.11 by BJSprecher
When Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger debuts this summer, we will not only get a glimpse at how Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) became Captain America, the world's first super-soldier, but also a look at the origins of Stark Industries, the company that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) turns from a war machine into a hero machine in Iron Man. Up-and-coming British actor Dominic Cooper (Tamara Drewe, The Devil's Double) plays the young Howard Stark (the elder Stark was played by John Slattery in Iron Man 2) in First Avenger and offered some insight into the character and his connection to the creation of Captain America in a recent interview with Vulture.
We learn the whole idea of where Stark Industries comes from, which is out of pure curiosity and creative juices and excitement towards thinking of the future and developing things for good. He’s a Howard Hughes. He’s a guy that loves inventing, that’s extremely intelligent, and that loves his lifestyle as well. ... You’re never quite sure where he’s been or where he’s just come from. And it’s always like he’s just come from somewhere in a tuxedo, from showing people his inventions and his new flying machines. He's great fun.
Many comic book movie fans have speculated that Howard Stark was the inventor of Cap's iconic round shield, since partially assembled versions of the shield showed up in both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, but Cooper seemed to imply that Stark would be more instrumental in the process that turned Rogers into a super-soldier.
[Howard's] important because he’s part of the machinery that helps Captain America manipulate his body.
Captain America: The First Avenger was written by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus and directed by Joe Johnston. The cast includes Sebastian Stan as Cap's wartime friend and ally, James "Bucky" Barnes, with Hugo Weaving playing Cap's nemesis, the Nazi warmonger known as the Red Skull.