Anthony & Joe Russo on ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and How the ‘John Wick’ Directors Helped with the Action

     April 26, 2016


It’s hard to make a good movie. Many directors that normally make excellent films can sometimes miss the mark. Things happen. What you thought was an excellent script ends up not working. Actors that looked great in rehearsal have zero chemistry on set.


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It’s even harder to make a great movie that both audiences and critics love. But that’s what happened when Joe and Anthony Russo made Captain America: The Winter Solider. Not only did the majority of Marvel fans rank the film as one of the best releases by the prolific studio, audiences around the world rewarded the film with their hard earned dollars by almost doubling what Captain America: The First Avenger made ($714 million versus $370 million) at the box office.

However, after seeing Captain America: Civil War, I’m absolutely certain Captain America will final break the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office because the Russo’s have crafted an incredible movie that audiences and critics are going to love. Loaded with incredible action, a fantastic script, emotional performances, and the perfect introductions of both Spider-Man and Black Panther, Civil War is one of those special films that fans will want to see again and again. Trust me, after you see Civil War you’re going to be even more excited that the Russo’s are helming Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.


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Shortly after seeing Civil War, I sat down with Joe and Anthoy Russo for a video interview. They talked about their first cut, how they got Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (the directors of John Wick) directing some of the second unit, the editing process and maintaining the tone that manages to balance levity with the drama, the absence of Nick Fury, and more. Check out what they had to say in the video above and here’s my interview with Chris Evans if you missed it.

Anthony & Joe Russo:

  • Were they checking their phones when the social embargo lifted?
  • They talk about the editing process and maintaining the tone that manages to balance levity with the drama.
  • How long was the first cut?
  • Where is Nick Fury in this movie?
  • Will Avengers: Infinity War each have an individual style and look or will they feel like two halves of one movie?
  • How they had Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (the director’s of John Wick) directing some of the second unit on the film.


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