The Gray Man is now selling Chris Evans’ moustache to Netflix lovers. They referred interested people to the company’s shop on Twitter. It’s a fantastic scene. People are ecstatic to watch one of their favorite performers take on the role of a villain. In the small clips that Netflix has released, Evans has a powerful presence. Ryan Gosling will be pursued to the ends of the Earth by him. The Gray Man also serves as a sort of reunion, with the Russo brothers reuniting with some familiar Marvel faces. Joe and Anthony discussed reuniting the Captain America crew with Den of Geek in an interview. On Netflix, everything seems to be falling into place for a good time.
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“We didn’t have to sell Chris on the role; Chris sold us, in a way,” Joe Russo explained. “We were talking to him as we were wrapping up Infinity War and then Avengers: Endgame about what’s next for him or where he wanted to go in his career, and he said, ‘You know what? I’m comfortable enough in my life and the work I’ve done that I’m just interested in taking risks moving forward, and I just want to play challenging characters.’ So it seemed obvious to us that the right move here would be to offer Chris the sociopath and not the hero.”
In The Gray Man, Evans had to be the best villain he’d ever played. Ryan Gosling’s role, the titular Gray Man, Court Gentry, has to be the ideal foil. In the Netflix initiative, the Russos feel they have identified the ideal candidate for both posts.
“We knew we needed somebody who knew how to disappear on some level,” Anthony offered. “Gosling has such an interesting technique to him in that he has a minimalist style where he conveys a whole lot of emotion, thought, and complexity, with a lot of subtlety.”
“I would argue this role uses everything that Ryan is incredible at,” Joe mused. “It combines his great physical control; his really wonderful, quirky sense of humor; how he’s smoldering and intense onscreen and can communicate a lot while doing very little… Remember, Ryan was a dancer when he was younger. Playing an action hero is different from any other form of acting because all that stunt work requires incredible body control and extreme discipline.”