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On the Other Side of the Camera with Captain America: Civil War Directors Joe & Anthony Russo #CaptainAmericaEvent

Updated May 15, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Directors Joe & Anthony Russo

Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

I can’t believe the time for Captain America: Civil War movie to be released in theaters is finally here. While it officially is in theaters everywhere tomorrow, some theaters will be showing a screening tonight. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, who are actually brothers wanted the end the film with a point of view so you can have something to talk about with your family and friends on whether you are Team Cap or Team Ironman. I am still choosing Team Cap after seeing the movie but you may have a different point of view. I would love to know what team you are on after you see the movie.

Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

Was there any rivalry between the you two when writing the script and thinking out the process of the movie between Captain and Ironman?

Anthony: No, I don’t think there was rivalry. We both love both characters as they are fun but vulnerable. Our process has always been very layered storytelling so often times we’ll sort of step through the story from a different character’s points of view. We’ll take a pass where it’ll just be all about this character. Then we’ll take a pass where it’ll be all about that character. So it’s become part of our process to really have moments where the whole movie belongs to somebody else, just one particular character, for a moment as we’re thinking about the film from beginning to end.

The other thing about Joe and I is that we love characters who are exciting, fun, cool, human and vulnerable. We always look for that side of the character. So for us it was very important to find, ‘Where is Steve Rogers and Tony Stark vulnerable?’ and play to those in a way that would put them in conflict with one another.


Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Where did you find Spider-Man for the movie and are you going to hold onto that kid?

Both of the brothers agreed to loving him more than anybody and doing everything they can to hold on to him.

Joe: The Spider-Man role was an exhausting audition position. Spider-Man was my favorite character growing up and to interpret him on-screen was a dream come true. The things that I loved about him as a character when I was a kid were his vulnerability, his insecurity, his sense of humor. But I loved that his sense of humor in the books was very self-aware. He was a smart ass kid, but he was a kid. And we also wanted to make sure that the actor had both the vulnerability and a confidence at the same time. He also wanted an actor close in age to Peter Parker as a kid and wanted him of New York today and not a comic book feel.


Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

What was your vision going into this film?

Anthony: You can’t do a movie called Captain America without thinking about the politics of it. It’s at the center of the character, who the character is from as inception. So while there is still elements of the political thriller that carries us forward and even launches us into this movie, we always thought about this movie as a psychological thriller. That shift was very important to us because you know the heart of this movie for us is the relationship and the conflict between Captain America, Bucky Barnes and Tony Stark.

Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal© Marvel 2016

It’s what has to play out between those three characters in the climax of the film that we are driving towards as storytellers for the whole movie. We are setting up that sort of awful reveal and that awful tension that plays out between those characters in that moment. So that’s why we always thought of it as a psychological thriller in terms of what happens to these characters on a psychological and emotional level. And, so you know, we were thinking about movies in that vain. One of the movies we talked about a lot was David Fincher’s Seven. We talked about Brian de Palma’s Blowout a lot. These are movies that have had this similar trajectory where the characters are on this sort of road to something very awful, and what is going to happen to them when they get there? How are they going to react as characters? So that was the heart of the film for us this time around.


Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal© Marvel 2016

What was the hardest and most bad-ass scene to shoot?

Anthony: That airport scene was about the biggest thing we’ve ever attempted to do. It was almost like a mini movie within the movie. It took months and months and months to prepare that sequence and it was hot in Atlanta. We would take the temperature of the asphalt we were standing on and it was close to 125 degrees. Guys like Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman in full costumes standing out there. Poor Paul Bettany, I remember one day where he was hanging on wires out there in full vision outfit. And he moved his arm in a way that his sleeve opened up and sweat just squirt.

Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal© Marvel 2016

Anthony: The Romania sequence was really thrilling to be in that tunnel. We love cars, we love car chases. Also, we love fighting, hand-to-hand fighting which is what we focused on in the Winter Soldier with Captain America. So to bring him forward and have a fight with him and Bucky Barnes fighting their way out of the apartment through the stairwell; that was another thing that’s very bad ass for us.


Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

So many fans are loyal to these comic books. How are you able to translate that part of that story in keeping with the comic books and then deciding to kind of go away from that?

Joe: As a diehard comic book fan I’m not interested in seeing a straight interpretation of a comic book. I already know the story, so why would I want to go see the movie? Film is a very different medium then comic books. We have 2 ½ hours to tell a story, and we can only put out one of those movies once a year, every two years to move these characters forward. So we have to make choices that are servicing the storytelling that is built up in the Marvel cinematic universe. What we did was borrow the concept and applied it to the characters but wanted to make sure the end was difficult deciding whose team you are on.

Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal© Marvel 2016

Be sure to take the whole family to see Captain America: Civil War in theaters tonight or this weekend. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #CaptainAmericaEvent #JungleBook #ABCTVEvent #AdventuresInBabysitting #TheCatch and #TheFamily event.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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