(NEW YORK) — Onscreen, he’s a Marvel superhero. But for the next 10 weeks or so, Chris Evans is a Lobby Hero.
Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently starring in a Broadway play called Lobby Hero, as a New York City police officer involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex. Evans’ co-stars include Superbad and Juno star Michael Cera and Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry.
Evans says going from big-budget blockbuster movies to the relative intimacy of a New York City theater requires a whole different set of skills.
“It really feels like you’re accessing a muscle that you haven’t been able to access in a while,” he tells ABC Radio. “The structure of film is very…start, stop, start, stop…you work on one little piece every single day. In theater…. they say ‘go’ and you get to run the entire process…the entire character from start to finish every night in a complete setting. “
Evans says that process makes doing a play “rewarding, in a way that sometimes film isn’t.”
The actor, who’ll be seen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War April 27, says the toughest part of playing his Lobby Hero character is the New York accent.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of New York Cops and you know, had a few sessions with them and just watched them walk and talk and you know…it’s tricky,” he tells ABC Radio. “I’m from Boston and so, y’know, they are close enough to be impossible to separate! But it’s been fun.”
Lobby Hero is written by Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director of Manchester by the Sea. It’s in previews now, and will officially open March 26 at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater.
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