Chris Evans Talks Costume and Shield for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

     July 7, 2010

Last month we brought you the concept art of a shield-wielding Chris Evans in his Captain America costume. Having already given the look our full endorsement then, the Captain himself, Chris Evans, is now doing the same in an interview with Empire. In a refreshingly self deprecating approach, Evans said of the costume, “I think everyone is going to say, ‘Okay, well done. Well done. I think they got the costume right. The casting they completely ruined, but the costume they nailed!’”

Hit the jump for more of Evans’ thoughts on Captain America’s shield and how the suit measures up to the one he wore in the Fantastic Four films.

In comparing the First Avenger suit to his Johnny Storm suit in Fantastic Four, Evans had this to say:

“[In the FF suit] …you could move around quite well. This is a little more cumbersome. It doesn’t exactly breathe the way the Fantastic Four costume breathed, but it’s the way it should be. Any type of World War II uniform would be a little chunky, and I think that’s what kind of gives it its character.”

As for Captain America’s shield:

“We’ve been testing a lot of shields. Last time I was in London they had six shields and I had to hold each one, see if I was comfortable with each one, see which one we all thought had the right look. The thing is pretty heavy, so I’m not sure I can throw it that far! I’ll give it my best shot, but hopefully they’ll have some sort of stunt shield when it comes to actually chucking it!”

While it is still far too early to make any judgment calls on the film itself, I have to say that I am impressed with both Evans’ suit and his overall approach to the role. Let’s hope this optimism is continually reaffirmed all the way into next summer.

In addition to Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is scheduled to release July 22nd, 2011.

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