Am I A Good Person? I Think I’m A Good Person
MIKE RYAN: Last time I spoke to you, we were talking about “Sunshine,” and you said, “No one sees my good movies.”
CHRIS EVANS: I know. No one does.
MR: Was this one of your good movies?
CR: I can’t chuck other movies under the bus. [Laughs] It’s not like some of my other movies. Yeah, I’ll say it’s one of the better ones.
MR: It does have a superhero title to it, though.
CR: I know. Everyone’s like, “Iceman! So, what are you? Are you the Iceman? What, are you doing another superhero?”
MR: Just say, “yes.”
CR: Oh, shit. Just doomed to be in a costume.
MR: This is actually my last interview of this whole festival.
CR: Is it? Man, it’s your last interview? Fuck you. I wish this was my last interview.
MR: I’ve been doing this since Thursday, just nonstop. Like, four of these a day.
CR: Wait, excuse me? You say four a day? Come on, dude.
MR: You just flipped me off.
CR: I did, dude. Yes, [speaks into the microphone] I fucking gave him the bird because this is, like, 45 today. I mean, literally. This was all day. Four a day? I’ll take four a day. Four a day? Oh, that’s a good gig.
MR: Other than this one, I have to be prepared.
CR: Yeah, that’s true. You have to ask the questions.
MR: You can say anything you want. I can’t flip you off, but you flipped me off.
CR: No. So help me God, I’ll put this recorder through the wall. Can you imagine?
MR: You can drink beer during your interview.
CR:True. Well, I really can’t, but I’m doing it anyway. Because this is interview number 45 and, after 45 interviews, you get a beer. It’s good. And I don’t have to think. They just bring me places.
MR: And people like you.
CR: Do they?
MR: I get looked at like, “What’s this guy’s angle?” But on your side you get to drink beer and laugh. Who wouldn’t want to interview you?
CR: [Laughs] This is my favorite interview today.
MR: Was that a wig you were wearing [in The Iceman]?
CR: Yeah. Wasn’t it good?
MR: It’s really good. I didn’t recognize you at first.
MR: It takes a while for you to show up in this movie. I was getting worried, because I knew I had to talk to you. I’m like, I’ve got to talk to him for this movie. He’s not in it.
CR: [Laughs] “Where is the guy?” Well, I am in it very briefly. I mean, like, 20 minutes, maybe.
MR: But it’s an important role.
CR: There’s your title. “It’s an important role.”
MR: "Chris Evans: It’s an Important Role."
CR: [Laughing] Chris Evans on his important role.
MR: And in my lede, I’m going to start out with …
CR: "It’s a fucking movie."
MR: You and Michael Shannon seem like opposite people.
CR: Yeah, right?
MR: He’s got this onscreen rage.
CR: Well, it depends. Because, once you wrap, we would leave set and go to dinner — sweetest guy in the world. You know, laughing, joking, nicest man on the planet. On set, he is focused and lasered in and dedicated and that type of conviction and commitment kind of breeds an allegiance. You know, you watch him do this and you’re like, “You’re right. Hey, come on, everybody, this guy is in a zone and let’s get in this zone.” His dedication, it’s infectious. But, off set, he’s a different guy. I think I’m a little more, you know, “Heeeey!!!!” I mean, I wear my emotions on my sleeve. There’s no filter.
MR: Yeah, I know. That’s what I like about you. Has anyone warned you that you might want to stop doing that?
CR: A lot of people are like … but I don’t understand that.
MR: Like your publicist? Those are the people who don’t like that too much.
CR: Oh, my God! But that’s the problem:You’re around that too much and then you start thinking about that shit and then you start caring about that shit. And you’re like, “I can’t live my life this way.” If I’m going to be an actor, I can’t do every fucking interview … you just think, Am I a good person? I think I’m a good person.
MR: Now that’s my headline.
CR: [Laughs] Make it the question first. “Am I a good person? I think I’m a good person.” But if you think you’re a good person —
MR: I might do that, I’m picturing it.
CR: Remember that “Seinfeld” episode with Cary Elwes? “Am I upset? Yes. Do I wish I was with her? Of course.” But if you think you’re a good person, then you have nothing to hide. It’s such a freeing thing. I tell you what:I used to have a lot of stress and anxiety doing these interviews. And, for me, I’m much more stressful when I feel like I’m trying to be something or just putting on a … anything. Like, if you go into it just being like, “Ask me anything,” I’ll give you the honest answer.
MR: While having a Stella.
CR: Yeah! I’ll just tell you exactly what I’m thinking, and since I think I’m a good person …
MR: What if you were a bad person?
CR: Well, if you have an agenda — believe me, I know plenty of actors who do — then you have to tailor your answers and you’re concerned how you appear. And I don’t give a shit how I come across, because I don’t think I’m a bad guy. And, you know, I’m just gonna tell you what I think.
MR: So you were really clear that on the first “Captain America” movie, you weren’t always happy, and on “The Avengers” you were happy because you didn’t have to be on set all of the time. But now you’ve got to go back and do another one where you’re the main guy again. Are you looking forward to that?
CR: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it because the movies were so good.
MR: That’s true, but you weren’t as happy on the first as you were on “Avengers.”
CR: Well, I wasn’t happy in the first “Cap’” because — well, not that I wasn’t happy. I was just nervous, you know what I mean? I had taken a role that I was just nervous about. And it was a lifestyle change, and there were a lot of factors on the first “Cap’.” I was just nervous, man. It was a big lifestyle, whatever.
MR: Now, it’s becoming old hat.
CR: And now it’s like, “I got it.” I got it. It’s OK. No one’s fucking kicking down my fucking door. I can still walk around. I can still go to a movie. I think I was just so scared that, like, “This is it. I just signed my death warrant; my life’s over. I can’t believe I did this. This isn’t the career I wanted.” That didn’t happen. None of that shit happened. I’m fine, fine.
MR: You seem fine.
CR: I’m fine! I’m fine! I’m fine. You know, I didn’t have a meltdown and I didn’t lose my fucking mind. And the movies were good. And the biggest thing I worried about was making shitty fucking movies. I don’t want to make shitty movies and be contractually obligated to make garbage.
MR: And then have to talk about it.
CR: And then be like, “This is why you should see a piece of shit!” And they were great. And so now, it’s kind of like, “All right, well, let’s go try and make this one even better.” I feel comfortable in the role. I love Marvel and I’m actually, dare I say … excited.
MR: That will be the second part of the headline. “Dare I say…”
CR: "Dare I say! Excited!"
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