Robert Downey Jr. on Chris Evans’ Behavior Before an MCU Premiere

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans recently bid the Marvel Cinematic Universe farewell. The former played the landscape’s catalyst with a quick tongue and a proclivity for sarcasm, yet came to leave his arrogance at the door in favor of altruism by the saga’s end. As for Evans, he played the righteous and morally upstanding Captain America. By the end, he learned to live, toiling with time to be with Peggy Carter before appearing as an older man to hand the shield over to the MCU’s Falcon (Anthony Mackie).

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Robert Downey Jr. (R) kisses Chris Evans during the European film premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ | Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Though Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are no longer a part of the superhero franchise that has come to define modern cinema, they will always be remembered and credited for bringing to life two of the landscape’s most memorable and remarkable characters. The two — who came head-to-head before developing a bond built on trust and mutual respect — were integral to the Infinity Saga. At times, their level of significance (and the film’s degree of impact) sunk in… at least for one of them. 

During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Robert Downey Jr. explained the difference between Captain America and Chris Evans, and how the Civil War premiere brought one of their strongest differences into the light. 

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Robert Downey Jr. talks about Chris Evans before the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ premiere 

A-listers grow accustomed to fame and notoriety, recognition and acclaim, paparazzi, and premieres; however, sometimes, it all feels new again. Sometimes, a big moment can get the best of you, and it can feel like your first performance all over again. It can be overwhelmingly exciting and a bit out of this world. 

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Robert Downey Jr. explained how Chris Evans’ responded to the premiere of Civil War, deeming the actor a “nervous nelly” during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Downey stated:

All’s I know is Chris Evans is such a nervous nelly…He plays a real butch guy in the movie. I love Captain America, I hate to say it, I’m not supposed to say it… I love Chris, I love Captain America. 

Before the premiere, he’s all nervous. And, we’re supposed to drive in the Audis, and he’s like “bro, I don’t know, should you go first, or I should go first?” And I’m like, “Man up dude, we gotta go to this premiere together.”

Jimmy Kimmel

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Downey says Chris Evans ‘suddenly…realized it was exciting’

After Jimmy Kimmel pried for a bit more information, asking why he thinks Evans got nervous, RDJ took a stab at it, stating:

I think we all get jazzed. I mean, you know,  get pumped backstage before I come out here. I think it’s just, over time, you get a little immune to it. And then, once in a while, you just realize “oh, this is exciting.” I think last night, he suddenly, all of a sudden, he realized it was exciting. 

Jimmy Kimmel

RDJ explained that Evans got a little nervous — realizing how major the moment was. Can you blame him? He plays Captain America in a movie about Captain America’s rivalry with Tony Stark — two of the most well-known and beloved comic book heroes of all time.