Robert Redford’s casting in Captain America: The Winter Soldier initially caught fans by surprise, considering Redford’s strong ties to the indie film community, but the veteran actor has recently taken time out to explain what attracted him to the big project:
“The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing I wanted to do something different,” explains Redford. “I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different.”
“And that felt like a good thing to do,” he continues. “That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess.”
One more interesting bit is that Redford described his character as “the head of S.H.I.E.L.D,” which is odd since Samuel L. Jackson is set to play Nick Fury in all Marvel films at least until 2015. This could me Redford’s character was the head of Shield before Fury rose up the ranks, or he’s someone higher up the chain. Another possibility, one that is similar to the Bond theories, is that Nick Fury identity is more of a codename for the current S.H.I.E.L.D. director instead of an actual person.