Robert Downey, Jr. told Chris Evans to “man up” when his co-star freaked out before the Captain America: Civil War premiere.
Chris, who portrays the superhero Captain America, has attended plenty of premieres for the Marvel franchise but that doesn’t stop him being nervous ahead of certain public appearances, and Robert had to give him a pep talk ahead of the Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (12Apr16) because he would not calm down.
“All I know is Chris Evans is such a nervous Nellie (but) he plays a real butch guy in the movie,” Robert says on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “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.”
“We’re supposed to drive in the Audis and he’s like, ‘Bro, I don’t know, should you go first, should I go first?'”, Robert recalls, making himself twitchy and putting on exaggerated hand gestures. “I was like, ‘Man up, dude, we gotta go to this premiere together'”.
Robert, who plays Iron Man, is convinced Chris was so nervous because he realised how exciting and important the premiere was as film stars can sometimes forget how cool an event is after a while.
“I think we all get jazzed,” he says. “I think it’s just over time you get a little immune to it and then once in a while you just realise ‘oh this is exciting’… I think last night, he suddenly all of a sudden realised it was exciting.”
During the interview, Jimmy shared a photograph of Robert’s 17-month-old daughter Avri wearing an Iron Man hand. She is dressed in a babygro and using a pacifier.
Robert, 51, claimed he made her choose between the hand and Captain America’s shield “and she just naturally gravitated towards (the hand).”
When Jimmy remarks, “You’ve got an Iron Baby there,” Robert replies, “She is something else.”