Chris Evans Injured Arm Filming Helicopter Scene in Captain America Civil War
It’s one thing to grab a helicopter when you’re a super hero, quite another when you’re an actor playing one. Chris Evans found that out the hard — and painful — way while shooting a scene for “Captain America: Civil War.”
“I really hurt my arm doing that scene,” Evans tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “It’s a real bummer. I keep waiting for it to go away. I didn’t even work out last year for like five or six months. Everyone said: Take time off, you’ll be good. It’s still a real thing.”
It happened during a sequence in which Captain America tries to keep a helicopter from taking off by grabbing the helicopter with one hand and a building with another.
“It was a real helicopter. It was on a rig and they would just slowly (move it),” says Evans. “The first takes we did it, it didn’t go very far, and so you’re just kind like: This isn’t tricky at all. And you kind of say: Let it drift, let it drift. Let it be something that causes strain.”
Chris Evans Says He Still Feels Pain from Forearm Injury from Captain America Civil War
Even though the helicopter is tethered to the rig, Evans couldn’t stop it from moving. “And I did something to my forearm,” he says. “To this day, my forearm is still a mess from that scene.”
But don’t get the wrong idea: Evans loves everything about playing Captain America. He first wielded the shield and All-America suit in “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011 and appeared in three more films before “Civil War.”
Although initially nervous about playing an iconic Marvel hero, the role now is “second nature,” he says, “and one of the best decisions I ever made.”
Chris Evans Says He Loves Everything About Playing Captain America
“Happy to do it,” he adds. “I can’t even imagine if I hadn’t done it. They’re such good movies and such good experiences. I struggle to find a negative aspect of the experience from top to bottom.”
Early on, though, it had its challenges — aside from avoiding injury — playing such an upright and uptight character.
“It’s easy maybe to call him a little vanilla at times,” says Evans, “and (there’s) the fear of questioning whether or not that will translate on film, and will people be interested, and find ways of making him real and complex while he’s very steady and neutral. After the first movie, when you start feeling the wheels moving, it started feeling like home.”
“Captain America: Civil War,” costarring Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Chadwick Boseman, opens Friday.
Watch the full Made in Hollywood interview with Chris Evans below: