July 22nd, 2011
03:17 PM ET
The name "Captain America" doesn't leave room for a lot of doubts about patriotism. But the director of this weekend's "Captain America: The First Avenger," Joe Johnston, says that this version of the superhero expresses his love of country a little differently.
"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers," Johnston tells the Los Angeles Times. "He’s a guy that wants to serve his country, but he’s not a flag-waver. We’re reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was.”
Captain America - played by Chris Evans in the film - is still beholden to his civic duty, but his desire to serve is more out of a moral sense of right and wrong, Johnston goes on.
"He just wants to serve his country...but he's not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver," Johnston says. "He's just a good person. We make a point of that in the script: Don't change who you are once you go from Steve Rogers to this super-soldier; you have to stay who you are on the inside, that's really what's important more than your strength and everything."
Johnston adds that he thought it'd be "fun" and "interesting" to give the character this kind of twist, and believes that moviegoers - both in the U.S. and abroad - will appreciate Captain America's re-imagined point of view.
“It’s also the idea that this is not about America so much as it is about the spirit of doing the right thing,” Johnston explained. “It’s an international cast and an international story. It’s about what makes America great and what make the rest of the world great too.”
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