***Disclosure: I received an all expense paid trip to Hollywood, courtesy of Disney and Marvel. However, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Anyway, getting to learn about and handle the shield was only part of our adventures on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We actually got to witness a scene being filmed! It was absolutely surreal!
The set itself was housed within a large, warehouse-like building. I guess filming requires chilly temps, because the first thing I noticed was that it was positively frigid! Perhaps it's because filming with the likes of Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Frank Grillo could cause a serious meltdown. These guys are the hottest folks in Hollywood, after all!
The scene they were filming wasn't a long one by any means, but it took a few hours to get it just right. Every time someone got hung up on their lines or something wasn't spot-on, they had to start over. Even facial expressions had to be perfect. They also had to film from different angles to capture not only the talents' expressions, but the set itself. Acting is hard work, and until going behind the scenes, I never realized just how much attention to detail goes into each and every scene, no matter how short or insignificant it may seem.
Check out this BRAND NEW trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The first scene being shown aboard the Quinjet? That is what we witnessed being filmed! And I still found that, a year later, I can recite the lines about pirates and maximum casualties. Pretty amazing, right? I am still pinching myself!
Chris was super sweet, and was shocked when we started reciting his lines back to him. You see, the cast had absolutely no idea that we were able to hear everything going on, even after the cameras stopped rolling. He even got a little bashful about it for a second, which was adorable. What he didn't know is that he had 25 ladies, most of whom are married, turning to a pile of goo at his feet. So no matter what lines were flubbed, it didn't matter. We were too distracted by his hunkiness. And hunky, he is....When he walked over to us, the first thing I thought was "Oh my God...This guy is built like a very tall, human action figure!" I'm sure that being in perfect physical condition comes with the territory of playing a super-hero, but WOW....All I can say is WOW....Would you like some fries with that shake, Mr. Evans?
One thing we talked about that really stands out in my memory was filming locations. Chris told us that they were headed to both the Washington, DC area and the Cleveland, OH area to film. I told him that I spent 20 years in the DC metro area, and just moved back to the Cleveland area, so I knew both places well. He asked which I preferred, and seemed surprised when I said Cleveland. You know what they say...You can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can't take Ohio out of the girl! My heart will always belong in the Midwest!
A few weeks after I returned home from my magical MARVEL trip, I was watching the news and many a local commuter was frustrated because of road closures....I guess the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier got in the way of a speedy commute. And all I could do was smile and think about my time on the set of this fantastic film.
Oh, and of course, being the nice guy that he is, Chris Evans gladly posed for pictures with us. If I had known I'd be photographed with this handsome man, I would have chosen a different top and not had my hair in a ponytail. Oh well. Still, here I am, with my head tucked right into Chris's armpit. (No, he didn't stink! He actually smelled really, really good.)
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014!