The brother-director team of Anthony and Joe Russo revamp and divide the Marvel comic world for a face-off between Captain America and IronMan to bring us in the process an explosive action filled psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat while you enjoy awesome fight scenes and great humor. Read on our Exclusive Interview Talking Captain America: Civil War With Directors Russo.
Antony and Joe Russo Talk with Us Captain America: Civil War
As the brothers started talking to us, they realized our group was equally divided #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan which was precisely their aim and hope. Their intent with the film was hopefully that when you are done watching the movie you argue with your friends and family about it. They didn’t want to declare a statement one way or the other. They just wanted to represent both points of view as accurately and emotionally as they could. “It is more fun that way. This is not the kind of story (where) the directors need to be too firm with their point of view because it would close off the opportunity to have a conversation on the movie.” they shared.
Did the each of the brothers gravitate toward one the teams? Was there any rivalry between them working the movie? Anthony Russo answered saying: “There is no rivalry just because we both love both characters. We like very layered storytelling, so often times when we are prepping a movie we step through the story from different characters points of view. We take a pass where it will be all about this character, then we take a pass and write about that character. It has become part of our process to really have moments where the whole movie belongs to one particular character from beginning to end. Joe and I love characters where we can find (some) vulnerability and played it for both for Captain America and IronMan in this movie.”
Next, Joe Russo took the floor to share about the inclusion of SpiderMan in the film: “On SpiderMan, there was a really exhaustive audition process. My favorite character as a kid was SpiderMan so to be able to interpret him on the screen was a dream come true. The things that I loved about SpiderMan when I was a kid was his vulnerability, his insecurity, his sense of humor. He was a very smart kid, but he was a kid. we wanted to have an actor a very close in age to Peter Parker. We also wanted to make sure that the actor had both a vulnerability and a confidence at the same time that made him accessible, but also allowed a contrast with all these experienced superheroes that were dealing with very adult problems. Tom (Holland) just embodied all of that. He brought a lot of authenticity. We wanted him to bring the feeling of a kid living in NYC today, not that of the comic book.”
For the Russo brothers, doing a Captain America film can’t be done without thinking about the politics of it, because after all that is at the center of the character from its inception. While there are still elements of the political thriller in Civil War, the pair always thought about this movie as a psychological thriller,and that shift was very important because the heart of this movie for them is the relationship and conflict between Captain America, Bucky Barnes and Tony Stark and what has to play out between those three characters in the climax of the film.
As comic die-hard book fans, the Russo pair doesn’t have an interest in having the same interpretation of the comic book. As fans and moviegoers, if we already know the story, why would we go see the movie. The Marvel cinematic universe is building the characters in a very specific way that is very different to the comic book. With only 2 hours or 2.5 hrs to tell the story every year or two choices are made to need to service the story telling. Civil War, the movie, is very different to the comic book version. They borrow the concept but added in a very emotional reason that would drive the story.
In their opinion, the hardest scene to shoot was the airport production because in their words: “(the) actors are easy to direct, they are amazing actors, getting the emotional stuff out of them was very easy. The execution of the action is very very hard.” They love action and use action very specifically to find ways to express character and narrative through. The airport production was the biggest thing they ever attempted to do and took months and months and months to prepare. To them, that scene is almost a mini movie within a movie. Added to the mix was the crazy hot conditions in Atlanta while they were shooting. Actors in full outfits seemed to be dissolving in front of their eyes. “Certainly uncomfortable circumstances and very difficult sequence to shoot.“ says Anthony Russo.
To them, the coolest scenes were the rumanian sequence in the tunnel, when bucky gets the motorcycle along with the car chases and hand to hand fighting.
As we look forward to the next Marvel movie installment for Infinity wars the brothers share that everything is in conversstaion right now. It might be the last time we see some of the characters as because as we head into Infinity wars the characters will find themselves in impossible situations araing many crucial questions like can these characters work together again?
About Captain America: Civil War
For this action-adventure movie a stellar cast joins in: starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl to tell this story:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Opens May 6th.
Meeting Paul Bettany keeps me firm as part of #TeamIronMan. Which is your team?
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