Kenneth Choi has worked on many television show and movies, most notably as Henry Lin as Sons of Anarchy. Now he's starring alongside Chris Evans as soldier Jim Morita in the newly released Captain America: The First Avenger.
We got a chance to catch up with the actor to talk to him about his new role, working with Chris Evans, and what it's like working on a film with so many special effects.
"Fun!" Choi said while discussing the special effects. "Well, shooting special effects scenes in front of a green screen may not be as fun, but it's sure amazing to see the end result with all of the effects and scenery added."
As a comic book fan, he also says he's very satisfied with the origin story and what the writers did to avid reader of the comic.
"The writers Chris Markus and Steve McFeely did an incredible job of stretching the Steve Rogers arc and filling it with everything that I would have wanted to see as a comic book fan."
Check out the full interview below.
Tell us about your role in Captain America
I play a character named, Jim Morita. Jim Morita is Japanese-American and is a US Army Ranger. In the comics, he becomes part of a group called The Howling Commandos. He will fight alongside Captain America.
Were you familiar with the comic at all?
I was very familiar with Captain America. I read my fair share of comic books as a kid. This move is an origin story, and I knew how Steve Rogers became Captain America. What's interesting is that, in the comics, he sort of becomes Captain America immediately, like in 1-2 pages. The writers Chris Markus and Steve McFeely did an incredible job of stretching the Steve Rogers arc and filling it with everything that I would have wanted to see as a comic book fan. You get to know what Steve is all about, what drives him, what his desires are, what his obstacles are. You start rooting for him immediately which is key.
What was it like to work with Chris Evans?
I was very familiar with his Chris' body of work leading up to this film, and I've always enjoyed what he's done so I was looking forward to working with him. He's a very down-to-earth kind of guy, easy to talk with, made everyone on set feel welcome. He has that rare mix of talent and charisma...I'm certain this role will break him through the stratosphere, and Chris truly deserves it.
What was it like to work on a film with so many special effects?
Fun! Well, shooting special effects scenes in front of a green screen may not be as fun, but it's sure amazing to see the end result with all of the effects and scenery added. One scene in particular which was green screen is in one of the trailers. We are supposed to be on this high mountain top in the snow. We shot that on a sound stage with green screen all around us. You just have to use your imagination and think, Okay, there's mountains all around us, we're up way high. Then to see the end result come to life, and it looks as if we are up way high with mountains all around us when I KNOW we were on a sound stage...it's pretty amazing, man.
How much fun was it to play a bad ass like Henry Lin on Sons of Anarchy?
It's fun to be on such a great program! I've become a huge fan of the show. The writing is on point, and every actor is tops. Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal are PERFECT as the three leads, and then you have some of the best character actors working in film on this one show. Kim Coates, Ryan Hurst, Mark Boone...come on, man! It raises your game as an actor to have great writing and such great actors around you. I was invited to do the last show of last season, but I was in London doing Captain America. I was sorta crushed that I couldn't make it back and do the episode, but I guess it was a good problem to have at the time. I am hoping I continue getting asked back...I love playing Henry. I don't see him so much as a bad ass though. I see him as a guy who always seems to have one problem or another. Something is always going wrong in Henry's existence. Poor dude.