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[Interview] TIFF14: Chris Evans talks directorial debut challenges on ‘Before We Go’ red carpet

Full interview from TorontoSun.com:

Chris Evans believes that timing is everything. Captain America himself made his directorial debut in Before We Go, casting himself as Nick, a guy who meets Brooke (Alice Eve) after she is mugged. The pair spend a long, connected night in New York City after missing the last train at Grand Central Station. “New York is a very romantic city, and yes, I believe timing is everything to some degree,” Evans said on the TIFF red carpet at Princess of Wales Theatre Friday evening.

“I’ve wanted to direct for a long time and this story felt manageable. It’s embarrassing to say that because it’s my first time directing and I’ve never been to film school, so you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. This felt like a healthy first attempt.”

Unlike his character Nick, Evans said he would likely flee if he confronted by a robber. “My go-to move is I’d panic and call for help,” he said. Eve said she was once robbed and immediately reached out to her father. “I was getting cash out of an ATM and these guys asked me a question and as they were asking me a question, they took my card and my money,” she said. “And I cried. I called my dad, I was younger. It’s not nice.” And she does believe in love at first sight. “I think you can love a few people, but if you really love someone you knew close to the time when you met them,” she said. “They’re both vulnerable and need it each other.”

Eve said she sensed Evans was a bit inexperienced in the director’s chair and “sensed his nerves,” but by the end of the shoot, he was “confident.”

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