Chris Evans had to bulk up to play a world-class superhero -- but at the end of the day, all he wants is a pizza!
Evans stars in Marvel's latest comic book film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is a sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger." In addition to headlining his own film, Evans portrays the character in "The Avengers" film franchise, which pulls characters from several of Marvel's film, including "Thor" and "Iron Man."
"The Winter Soldier" finds Captain America two years after the events that took place in "The Avengers," where his continues to work for the agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as he prepares to take on a Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
The movie stars the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp of ABC's "Revenge," Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson and hits theaters on April 4.
Evans recently spoke to OTRC.com about his role in the movie, what it was like working with new directors and why he thinks comic book movies have such a strong fan base.
Watch videos of Evans' interview, as well as a trailer and clip from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" above, and check out five highlights from the interview below.
1. Evans names his post-"Captain America" diet splurges.
"Pizza, doughnuts, milkshakes and no gym."
2. Due to the physicality of his role, Evans says finishing the movie is rewarding.
"At the end of each day, it really feels like you worked, you feel like you made a movie. It's very involved, it's very demanding, some days when it's all stunts, some days when it's all emotion. It's all a challenge and wrapping the movie is a very satisfying experience."
3. Evans said the film's new directors were able to elevate the quality of the movie.
"That's the best thing about those guys. Marvel has a way of picking directors that are somewhat unexpected. When I first her the [Anthony and Joe] Russos, I saw the resume and I said, 'Well, what makes them qualified to do this movie?' And [producer] Kevin Feige said, 'Trust me, these are the guys.' And he was right, he's always right. And these guys were so phenomenal, so phenomenal."
"They not only have a deep love for the character, but they have a very complex understanding of what it needs to become, the next chapter in this evolution of a character that's already set in motion. They're not the first ones to put their print on it and that has to be a daunting task and they did such a good job elevating the material in every capacity, from action to emotion."
4. Evans discusses why fans respond to comic book films in droves.
"That's the best thing about these movies, they obviously lean on the stories that have already been set in place by wildly talented comic book writers years in the past. So that's why these movies have such a healthy built-in audience, they've already acquired the fan base based on great backbones and storylines that are so fleshed out and complex."
5. What's on Evans' to-do list?
"For me it would just come down to traveling. Just seeing the world is the most education you can probably give yourself. Luckily with the career I've chosen, I've been able to see a lot. There's still more."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).