Chris Evans Talks Shaping Up for 'Captain America'
By Zach Seemayer
Captain America star Chris Evans was part of a huge crowd of big time stars to attend this year's D23 Expo, and he gave a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get into fighting shape to play the eponymous hero.
"It was a lot of lifting," said Evans, who also emphasized that training was just part of getting ready for the role. "Gymnastics classes, and motorcycle classes, and you had fight training every day."
When asked if he sustained many bumps or bruises during filming, Evans said it was all part of playing an action hero. "That's the nature of Cap's ability. Hand-to-hand combat… as a result, the fight sequences are going to be punches and kicks."
Evans was just one of the many celebs walking around the Disney fan expo. Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman were there, representing the upcoming film Thor: The Dark World, and comedians B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman were there for the up-coming film Saving Mr. Banks, in which Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney.
"Tom Hanks is such great casting for this role because he is this iconic… optimist figure, the way that Walt Disney was," said Novak. "Who better to play an all-American icon than an all-American icon?"
The D23 Expo is known as the ultimate Disney fan event. It is a biennial convention put on by the official Disney fan club, D23. Obviously, the D stand for Disney, but the 23 represents the year 1923, when Walt Disney founded Disney Studios in Hollywood.