Hollywood Notebook: 'Captain America' suits Chris Evans

The Fresno BeeMarch 30, 2014 

Chris Evans has slipped into the red, white and blue garb of Captain America for the fourth time (if you count a brief cameo in "Thor: The Dark World"), the latest for the new feature film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The film comes out April 4.

He thought by now the suit would begin to feel more comfortable.

"It always feels like it gets tighter. I feel like this got worse. I'm not joking. That really happens. They always make improvements on it and this type of thing, once you get a good sweat going, it loosens up quite a bit," Evans says revealing a little more than necessary.

Evans is proud of the films he's made playing the Marvel superhero. Knowing that the story is going to be good helps him prepare for the four or five months of suiting up as the shield-throwing hero. In the end, Evans considers it an honor to get back into the role no matter how uncomfortable the suit might feel.

Evans wasn't as certain about the suit when he stepped into the role for the 2011 release, "Captain America: The First Avenger." After playing the Human Torch in two "Fantastic Four" movies and portraying a comic book character in "The Losers," the actor had some concerns about being tied to the genre. He's not as concerned now.

"Had I not done the movies, it would've been the biggest mistake of my life. It really would've been the biggest regret to date and there are plenty. It's changed everything for me. I mean not just what it's enabled me to do outside of these movies, but it's so comforting knowing that you're making good movies," Evans says. "It would be a nightmare to be trapped in this contract and be making films that you're not proud of, but Marvel has the Midas touch, so every time you suit up, you know that you're making something of quality.

"It's rewarding on every level, so thank God I had the right people in my life pushing me to make the right decision."

Funny thing about "Buffy"

As a longtime fan of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, it's always great to get to interview actors who worked on the show. I got a double bonus during a pair of set visits when I went from talking to Sarah Michelle Gellar for her CBS comedy 'The Crazy Ones" to chatting with Alyson Hannigan for the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother."

Both actresses say that while it might not seem like it, working on "Buffy" helped them with their future comedy work because of a dark humor to the series. The physicality of the "Buffy" role also helped Gellar do physical comedy on her new series.

"When I first came to L.A., I thought I was going to come and be a comic actress. I got very lucky, because 'Buffy' came along. And I always tried to keep that other side going whether it was 'Saturday Night Live,' or even on 'Buffy.' I think we had a lot of humor. But this is the other side that's so much fun for me," Gellar says. "And now, all the years of all of that stunt training, it comes in handy, because I can fling myself pretty much anywhere. And get in some pretty strange positions."

Gellar has to deal with the comic onslaught of her "The Crazy Ones" co-star Robin Williams, the mad man of improvisation. Williams made her feel comfortable doing comedy with him when they sat down to read the script for the first time.

Williams admitted to Gellar that he was nervous about doing a TV comedy because it had been 32 years since his work on "Mork & Mindy." Knowing Williams was nervous put Gellar at ease.

"I can try jokes out on him. Sometimes, he'll coach me through things that just aren't working. I have the best teacher in the world," Gellar says.

Fans continue to approach Gellar and Hannigan to tell them how much they love "Buffy." Hannigan loves hearing that, especially from people who weren't even born when the series was filming.

"They will come up to me and say that they just watched the entire series on Netflix or some other way. I feel like the show is more popular now than when we were on," Hannigan says. "A mother came up to me and said that she had just introduced her teenage daughter to 'Buffy' because it was so important to her she wanted her daughter to have the same experience."

Sing out strong

Disney Parks around the world will unite in song to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "It's a Small World."

The classic Disney ride opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Fans from around the world can join the festivities in an online global sing-along at www.SmallWorld50.com.

On April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the theme song. You can be part of the event even if you aren't at one of the parks.

Fans around the world are invited to join the global sing-along virtually. SmallWorld50.com launches today as a "global hub" of music and harmony where you may record videos of yourself singing the song or create virtual "It's a Small World" dolls to benefit UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund).

The Walt Disney Co. will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary, plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.


TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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