Chris Evans stars in 'Captain America'

*Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment can take pride in the fact that “Captain America: The First Avenger” is not a routine Marvel Comics movie and it will take a lot for any sequel to meet its standards. Captain America aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) embodies the aspirations of many hot, bloodied Americans. Evans says he even identifies with Rogers. “I can definitely relate to being the kind of wimpy kid,” he explains. “If you’ve seen pictures of me when I was a kid, you would see I weighed like a hundred thirty five pounds until I was at least seventeen. So I know what it’s like to be small.

“The truth is I think we tried to keep him relatively the same man psychologically throughout the film. I think the goal is in the last frame of the film you hope to still see the skinny guy. You know the first part of the movie when you’re meeting him, if you kind of connect with him and like him at the beginning, hopefully that’s the same guy you see in the end. And there’s hopefully not too much change. I mean there’s obviously a physical adjustment to understand what it’s like to have a bigger body. I mean I think the reason he was chosen for this experiment is because I don’t think he would let this new physical form change who he is. He is who he is. And that’s what makes him worthy of this gift. Because he appreciates everything he didn’t have before. And he was okay without. He’ll be okay with it.” It should be noted Derek Luke (Gabe Jones) is one of the Howling Commandoes, who attended Howard University and speaks German and French. Also, Samuel L. Jackson has a cameo.

Ever since I was a child and seeing my first movie about a doppelganger, I’ve been fascinated by the concept. In “Planet Earth” the idea of doppelgangers came to mind, as well as this not being your everyday run of the mill scifi film. So I asked Brit Marling, the 2005 Georgetown University Economics major grad and “Planet Earth” writer if she too had doppelgangers on the mind when she wrote the screenplay. “Mike [director/co-writer Mike Cahill] and I both love the movie ‘The Double Life of Veronique,'” she enthused.

“Oh my goodness gracious. And everything that Kieslowski does; he has this wonderful sense of being able to talk about the metaphysical through deeply ordinary things. Like in ‘Blue,’ Juliette Binoche’s character putting that sugar cube into the coffee and the sugar cube sucking up this coffee, and it somehow is symbolic for her grief. And you’re just like how is he doing this? It’s just a sugar cube in a cup of coffee, but it has so much feeling.

“I think both Mike and I were really moved by his films. And I think also maybe the feeling of doppelgangers and another Earth came out of the weird alienation of our time. Technology’s technically connecting all of us more than ever and yet we’re also so disconnected from each other and even from ourselves, especially from ourselves, so this film became sort of like a metaphorical way to reconnect, to hold the mirror up I guess. And I think from there we backtracked into this very small microdrama.”

Although her film “Crazy, Stupid, Love” doesn’t open until next week, Emma Stone was in New York City last weekend promoting it. The Film Strip asked Stone what did she learn from each of her three films that are opening this month. “Well, with ‘Friends with Benefits’ I learned not to trust Will Gluck,” she laughs. “I had already learned that almost every day on ‘Easy A’ and I learned it on this one…Got he’s the worse. I love Will.

“`Crazy, Stupid Love’ I learned that you can meet people that you want to literally do every movie with. I just think Ryan (Gosling) is amazing and I’d gladly do as many movies as they will let me with him. So it’s really fun to find a teammate in an actor, you know, like a Hepburn Tracy kind of thing. I wish {laughs].

“`The Help,’ oh my God. That would take the rest of our lives to tell you what I learned. I learned so much about parts of history that I had never been educated on in public school. I had learned the story of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. and that was about it. And I think that’s insane! I think it’s absolutely insane that I knew so much about European history but I had no idea what happened 50 years ago in our country and still informs so much of our lives today, how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go. So I learned so much and I lived in the south and I met a lot of people that I probably would’ve never met and learned a bunch of stuff. I mean, to be honest in a formative sense, that movie taught me the most because it was incredibly important. I’m so glad that I have that knowledge now.” More about “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “The Help” next week.