Evans warned that even his smile is dangerous in the Netflix spy hairdresser. Yeah, like we needed him to tell us that.
Chris Evans may have put away Captain America’s shield, but his ties to the MCU are still in full force.
The star of “Avengers” couldn’t help but compare the upcoming Netflix spy thriller “The Gray Man” to other Joe and Anthony Russo productions, namely the MCU episodes. Except this time, instead of playing an iconic Marvel hero, Evans transforms into sadistic killer Lloyd Hansen, who is on the hunt for CIA mercenary Courtland Gentry, aka Sierra Six (Gosling), after a security breach.
“Looks like I aggressively went 180. [degrees] from Steve Rogers,” Evans told Empire. “But it just unfolded that way.”
Evans teased that his character is a “train wreck of a human being” who craves “anarchy”. In short, it’s far from playing Captain America following the rules.
“I love the Russos, and I’ll do pretty much anything they ask me to do,” Evans added. “And this is a character I never got to play. He’s so liberated and free and honest. What I like about him is that you almost have to be more afraid of his smile than his frown.”
The “Knives Out” alum added: “I think he understands that what he’s doing is bad and harmful, but I think he sees himself as necessary. He thinks he’s a disruptor.”
The Russo Brothers also cited their earlier Evans-directed superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as a major inspiration for “The Gray Man,” written by “Avengers” screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
“We wanted to use ‘The Winter Soldier’ as a springboard to something else that’s action-oriented,” Joe Russo explained to Empire of the Assassin’s adaptation of Mark Greaney’s novel of the same name.
However, “The Gray Man” was a “ruthless” production compared to a Marvel movie.
“This movie almost killed us,” Russo continued. “There are about nine action scenes, and it’s so brutal in that regard. It was brutal to make.”
And just like the MCU, Russo has a “Gray Man” cinematic universe in his sights.
“We never want to ruin it,” Russo said. “But we’re already figuring out where it’s going from here. We like to build out worlds, and we prefer to gamble on the bright side and put the energy and time into building that universe out prior to release so that the ideas are more relevant and organic. That way you build up a more complex mosaic story.”
He summarized: “The focus is on making ‘Gray Man 2’. Our appetites are voracious and we are always meant to do more than we can.”