USA Today has shared a new interview of Chris Evans at the Toronto International Film Festival while promoting his directorial debut, Before We Go. (September 5th)
“Was it terrible?” Evans asks, when told a reporter attended his film’s debut screening on Friday morning (the film officially premieres next week). He dives on the crimson couch. “Don’t lie to meeee!”
“I’m such a (expletive) sap. I like romance,” says Evans. “I’ve had great nights before where just some wonderfully romantic night happens spontaneously, unpredictably. And the next day you try to tell your friends and it just doesn’t cut it.” Evans has been saying for years he wanted to direct, and his managers and agents have done the Hollywood shrug: ‘Yeah, sure, eventually.’
Eventually finally came, along with some whopping lessons about what it means to helm a film. “The responsibility is so much greater,” says Evans, who edited Before We Go on breaks and weekends away from his Captain America duties. “It almost doesn’t matter the budget. It could be $3 million, it could be $300 million.”
The upshot was that for the first time, Evans was in complete control of his performance. Tell Evans you actually prefer the way he directed himself, and he grins. “You know what? So did I,” he all but whispers. “Can I say that? Is that horrible? It’s so awful to say…These are the interviews you give that you’re going to regret.” But, he adds, “as an actor you have an idea in your head how you think a scene should go. And you give your variations of performance. And then when you see the final product they don’t always use the takes you thought would work. And that’s fine. With this, I’m in charge of the edit.”
Before We Go is a love story that stars Evans and Alice Eve as two strangers who slowly fall for each other over the course of one long, meandering New York night.