Directed by filmmaking brothers Anthony and Joe Russo and newly released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D here in the UK, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) is the latest Phase Two instalment in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), is now found adjusting to life after being on ice for half a century whilst running missions for Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside his leather-clad Avengers comrade Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). After discovering that a rescue mission wasn’t all that it seemed, Rogers begins to question S.H.I.E.L.D.’s integrity and to contemplate life as an average Joe. Last week, we were kindly invited to a London hotel to interview Evans, Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and the film’s directors.
On the business of blockbuster moviemaking:
Samuel L. Jackson: It’s a bigger business, and it’s more accessible to more people. It’s a viable way to make a living. When I was talking about going into theatre and acting my Moms was concerned about what I was going to do to survive. Now making films, being in films, fame…there’s a lot of ways to get into this business that weren’t available before.
On strong female roles:
SJ: It’s all relative I guess to your age and what kind of role you’re looking for. Certainly now, actors who are in their younger twenties or even like older teenagers, there’s a lot more opportunities for really great roles for young women than there were when I was that age. I’ve been really fortunate to be very busy with some really great work. Whether that’s just because I’m just searching now or waiting for the right thing or I’m just lucky and it’s a good time is hard to say. I don’t know what kind of experiences other actresses have though.