Shields Down: Chris Evans Used 46 Shields for Cap 2!
In an article posted to the New York Daily News website back on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, writer Ethan Sacks (who you probably recognize from some of his more recent Marvel Comics scriptwork) got the chance to interview Captain America and the Winter Soldier prop master Russell Bobbitt… which lead to the revelation that, during filming, Steve Rogers actor Chris Evans wielding a whopping 46 different shields!
In order to capture the many different scenes and actions that incorporate his shield into the shot, Evans used different shields for different purposes. Bobbitt explained that one example was the “hero shield,” crafted of aluminum, and used in close-up shots that emphasize the super soldier abilities possessed by Rogers.
This “hero shield” weighs in at 12 pounds… which can really add up after a long day of shooting! For that reason, Bobbitt revealed that there is a more light-weight fiberglass shield that is utilized in order to reduce exhaustion as Evans is performing.
Meanwhile, a rubber shield is used in action sequences, so when Cap’s opponents attack the symbol of freedom, they just sort of bounce right off!
All in all, forty-six different shields were used during the filming of Captain America and the Winter Soldier… and many did not survive the experience!
But maybe the best bit of information in the whole article is the fact that Evans would go to the corner of the set to practice with the shields himself.
“You’d see Chris off in a corner rehearsing with the shield, as if it was another actor,” Bobbitt told Sacks. That’s the kind of devotion that gets you a fresh, new shield from the King of Wakanda, Marvel Blog True Believers!
O Captain! My Captain
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