EXCLUSIVE: Dominic Cooper talks 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:10 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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EXCLUSIVE: Dominic Cooper talks 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

With less than a month to go before the release of Marvel Studios’ second superhero summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger, anticipation is already high for the movie based on Marvel’s mightiest hero. In the film, actor Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) plays Steve Rogers, a physically unfit U.S. Army soldier in World War II, who volunteers for a secret military operation that transforms him into a super-soldier in order to defeat the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a mad man working with Hitler. The film will act as a jumping off point for The Avengers, which is currently shooting and promises to bridge elements together from all of the Marvel universe films including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.

One of those key elements is Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark, who was played by Mad Men actor John Slattery in Iron Man 2. This time around actor Dominic Cooper will play a younger, 1942 version of Iron Man’s dad who is supposedly the man that Steve Rogers will turn to for help creating his famous red, white, and blue costume. Last night while on the red carpet for his new film The Devil’s Double, which is currently in competition at the L.A. Film Fest, I caught up with the impressive young actor and took the opportunity to ask him about playing Howard Stark in Captain America.

I asked Cooper if he studied Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark to get an idea for how he should approach playing Howard. “Yeah of course, what a wonderful sort of representation to know who you son is going to become,” replied Cooper. “It gave me an idea of how slick he should be, what a wonderful entrepreneur and inventor the man should be. Then you think of the period of time that he grew up in, so it was wonderful. It was just amazing to be part of that Marvel world.” I followed up and asked the actor to describe the WWII setting and look of the film. “It is very slick. It looks incredible, the mechanics of it,” he said.

Finally, I asked Cooper if he would like to collaborate with Marvel again in the future on another project. “Yeah. I think they’re an incredible company and they make brilliant films.”

Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters on July 22nd.

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