MEXICO CITY (El Universal).—In the 20 years that Chris Evans has been in the movies, he has mostly played the good guy, Prince Charming and, for more than a decade, the superhero Captain America.
The actor had been a specialist in giving life to the one who always does the right thing and fights against evil… until now. In “The Gray Man”, a film in which he plays the psychopath Lloyd Hansen, Evans will have to face Ryan Gosling in his role as former CIA mercenary Court Gentry, also known as Sierra Six.
Cuban Ana de Armas plays agent Dani Miranda, who along with Gentry try to catch Evans’ character in a wild chase, which has adrenaline, action and intense fight scenes.
“What I liked is that he (Lloyd) is unapologetic. I think people aren’t really who we want to be, I myself spend a lot of time every day questioning endless things and the villains don’t feel burdened by those complexities, they have a clear understanding of who they think they are, who they should be and how they think they are. they should move around the world,” Evans said in an interview.
“So, that clarity, that simplicity, is not only refreshing as an actor, but also for us as people, burdened by the complexity of understanding,” added the actor.
Chris’ days as a superhero seem to be behind him and although he misses them, he appreciates making new characters like this because, he confessed, they are just the opposite of what the public expects of him.
“I’ve gone about 180 degrees away from Steve Rogers (Captain America), now I’m doing a broken human being. That guy can be anything in any scene, because all he wants is anarchy.”
Getting to develop this character, who likes to do bad things, was an opportunity that Evans enjoyed, especially because it meant working again under the baton of the Russo brothers (“Avengers: Endgame”).
“I love the Russos and I will pretty much do anything they ask of me and what better way to do it with a character like this. He is so liberated, free and honest. What I like about him is that one should fear his smile more than his frown. I think he understands that what he does is bad and harmful, but he considers himself necessary. He believes that he is a disruptor,” he explained.
Netflix, on whose platform the film will premiere tomorrow, Friday, indicated that this film has cost the company around 200 million dollars, which makes it the most expensive film project made in history by the streaming service.
“We have a great working relationship with Netflix going back almost 20 years with Scott Stuber. We formed AGBO (the company of Anthony and Jospeh Russo) to be an agnostic storytelling company. We think the platform is the perfect place for this movie,” Anthony said.
The Russo brothers announced that the plan is for “The Gray Man” to start a new franchise for the “streaming” platform, in which they would call actors with whom they have already worked successfully.
“We are already thinking about where it would go from here, we have a series of stories planned. We like to build worlds, bet high and put energy and time into building that universe, so that ideas are more related and organic. That’s how you achieve a more complex mosaic narrative,” Joseph underlined.
In addition to Ana de Armas and Gosling, whose role shines on screen as a sadistic, narcissistic, sociopathic manhunter who enjoys the nastiest parts of the job, the cast of the film is Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, V Dhanush, Alfre Woodard and Julia Butters, among others.