Director Joe Johnston Talks about CAPTAIN AMERICA after Watching the First Cut of the Film
The director of Captain America: The First Avenger Joe Johnston recently watched the very first full cut of the movie, and he shared his thoughts about it with the LA Times.
This is a film that I'm very excited about seeing. I think Johnston is a very talented director, and I was excited to hear that he was hired to direct the movie for Marvel. From the very beginning, I felt he was the right person to bring Captain America to life on the big screen, and here's what he had to say about it after watching it.
I watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch. Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects. The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch.
That's exactly what I was hoping to get out of this movie. I love that he says it's more than what people are expecting and that he thinks it will surprise some people. I'm all about surprises... as long as they're good. Of course, the director of the film is going to hype it up; if it sucks, he isn't going to say it does. As for how the cast performed in the film he said:
All actors bring something unexpected to the role because they have to translate what’s on the page and make a real character out of the black-and-white text that’s there in the script. I hadn’t worked with Chris Evans and I wasn’t really that familiar with his work and I didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away by the subtlety that he brought to the role. It was really exciting to watch him. He added layers to the character that were not on the page and layers that were not in the comic books. He made Steve Rogers into a real flesh-and-blood character and it was fantastic to watch.
It sounds like Johnston didn't even have a say in who got cast as Captain America in the movie. But I'm happy to hear that Chris Evans worked out for him.
What are your thoughts on what Johnston had to say about his first viewing of Captain America?