Getting an indie film made today can be tricky, but it helps if the director has a close connection to, say, one of the Avengers. Chris Evans makes his directorial debut with "Before We Go," an all-in-one-night tale of a panic-stricken married woman (Alice Eve) stranded in Manhattan and the down-on-his-luck musician (Evans) who tries to help her.
How long had you been looking for a project to direct, and what was it about this one that spoke to you?
I've been looking for a few years. It's tricky on your first one. I wish I could say it was just the project that absolutely captivated me, but to get a project on its feet for a guy who has never directed anything, it's not going to be so much of which project do you choose as which project chooses you, you know? Some projects are just the little engines that could, and it's nice to kind of find something that no one else is doing and say, "OK, I'll get my feet wet with this one." You're not going to go get some Aaron Sorkin script your first time out.
Where you prepared for the amount of exterior New York filming this would entail?
Oh yeah, fully prepared. That's what prep is — everyone pulling their hair out, losing sleep at night, panicking that we're going to get snowed on or rained on, cops won't have a good lock up for pedestrians or traffic. You never know what you're going to run into in terms of the shooting schedule. But I've got to be honest, it actually went fairly smoothly. You literally pray every single night for no snow — because we're shooting in December in New York — but yeah, the weather was kind. How are we going to have a movie that's supposed to take place in one night, and from one scene to the next all of a sudden we have three feet of snow? "Man, it really came down those 10 minutes we were inside."