FanstRAvaganza Day 1 – Captain America: The First Avenger

Today, our focus is on the film Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.  Of course, Richard Armitage plays villain Heinz Kruger.

On this blog back in July 2011, I posted a 30-second interview segment of Richard Armitage discussing his role as Heinz Kruger. One of the commenters was the father of the child actor whose character was taken hostage by Heinz Kruger in the film. Here’s a link to that comment:

The talented young actor who plays the boy at the dock is named Maxwell Newman. Max’s father, Adrian, graciously answered questions via e-mail.  Here is that interview:

bccmee: How did your son get cast in Captain America?

Adrian: He is on with an agent who specialises in Child castings.

bccmee: Is he a trained actor?

Adrian: No, he likes it, but doesn’t even do weekend classes or groups !

bccmee: Has your son acted before or since Captain America?  If so, what movies or TV shows can we see him in?

Adrian: Max hadn’t acted before (only school plays). He has auditioned for a few things since (the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp- production was put on hold due to budget constraints), but nothing has come to fruition. He’s going to be playing “Toad” in a local stage production of Wind in Willows!

bccmee: How did you, your son, and family like the movie?

Adrian: We loved the film.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Newman

bccmee: How did he acquire such a perfect American accent?

Adrian: His Mum (my wife) is American.

bccmee: Where was that scene filmed?

Adrian: Liverpool, by the old docks.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Newman

bccmee: Your son looks so cute in the photo with his tea. Was it a cold day on the set?

Adrian: Yes, fairly cold.

bccmee: Does he really know how to swim?

Adrian: Yes he swims well, and that was the major part of the audition (in the tank at Pinewood Studios – where a lot of underwater scenes are shot for movies) When he actually did the scene and got thrown in, it was quite a big drop, but Max did the stunt – there were two scuba divers waiting under the water just in case !!

Photo courtesy of Adrian Newman

bccmee: What is happening in the stunt photo?  Did your son jump onto the pads and then later the shot of him jumping into the water was filmed?

Adrian: He had a stunt double (a dwarf with a red haired wig !!) but he was only used, as it turned out, to line-up the shots/cameras; they threw the short guy in about 15 times – it was like something out of Jackass !! It was about a 15 foot drop into the water (the Mersey in Liverpool) which was cold as it was filmed in October. The water looked quite dirty with debris on the first day so I asked if they could clean it up a bit for the next day when they were shooting that scene.

bccmee:  He was thrown into the river and not a pool?

Adrian: He was actually thrown by Richard into the river (his audition was at Pinewood Studios in the “big tank” that they use for a lot of movies, Harry Potter, James Bond etc.) They rehearsed by throwing Max onto the pads, but threw him in for real to get the best effect. There were scuba divers waiting under the water in case there was a problem. They made Max a special skin coloured wet suit to go under his clothing, but it didn’t really work properly, so he still got wet and cold !

bccmee: How many days did it take to shoot your son’s scenes?

Adrian: It was scheduled for 5 days but took only 2, so the director was happy. When Kruger (Richard) grabs Max after shooting at Cptn America, he chipped Max’s tooth by accident – the gun is a close replica of the real thing, so is quite heavy.  He was very apologetic but no harm was done.

bccmee: I want to also post Max’s IMDB page:

Adrian: His agent in the UK is Doreen English, who finds most of the kids for any Hollywood movies being shot in the UK/Europe.

bccmee: Did you meet Richard Armitage on the set?

Adrian: Yes we drove up with Richard from London together. Very nice guy, very professional. We stayed in the same hotel as him. Max has a picture with him at dinner.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Newman


Note: this blogpost was created as part of FanstRAvaganza 3. Other participating blogposts can be found here:

See you tomorrow!

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77 Responses to FanstRAvaganza Day 1 – Captain America: The First Avenger

  1. Kaching!!! Way to go B! I knew you were being quiet for a reason. Excellent interview and great pics!

  2. Elaine says:

    Seriously, it’s no wonder we think RA is amazing – he IS such a nice person. Lovely shot of him with Max. Thanks for the info and interview, bccmee.

    Cheers ladies – FanstRAvanganza should be a fun romp!

  3. Carolyn says:

    What a wonderful start to FanstRAvaganza! I had to read yours first! Lovely pics and a great interview! Oh my, RA chipped the poor lads tooth!

  4. Luciana says:

    And FanstRAvaganza 3 is just starting!!! Very good interview!! Thanks for posting it again (as I had not seen it before)!!!

    • Luciana says:

      Guess I read your post too quickly and misunderstood it. In July you posted an interview with RA and now you post the interview with the young actor’s father… sorry!!!

  5. servetus says:

    Amazing! That is one tough kid! If the parents are reading here, kudos on raising such a trooper!

    And yet more evidence that Richard Armitage is a great guy. Thanks so much for tracking down this interview.

  6. judiang says:

    Great interview bcc, what a coup! Great interview. 🙂

  7. Snicker's Mom says:

    That was a great interview! Poor boy and the chipped tooth! He has some awesome memories and how cute is that pic of the two of them????

  8. Beachbaby says:

    Great start to FanstRA3 Bccmee. I had not seen that interview before so thanks for posting again. Awww – and very cute pic of Max and Richard. 🙂

  9. phoebe of C19 says:

    Great surprise interview!

    Richard is going to get quite a reputation! Didn’t he knock out one of Keith Allen’s teeth in Robin Hood and Hayley Atwell got too close to him and got hit in the side of her head with a blank shell?.

  10. Well done for getting this interview and the photos are a real treat. What a great way to start FanstRA! Wonderful surprise. Thanks bccmee.

  11. tully2shoes says:

    What a scoop! Wonderful interview and pix, B! It’s always interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes. This was great! Thanks so much!!!

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  13. Awesome interview and pictures! Thanks for getting us the scoop.

    Apparently, acting with Richard is hazardous to ones teeth! First Keith, now Max. Wonder how many stunt orcs and dwarves are wandering around toothless after a year of filming The Hobbit with him? Hope his co-stars got good dental packages in their compensation/perks packages. hahahahaha

  14. jazzbaby1 says:

    Wow, go B! What a way to kick things off!

  15. jasrangoon says:

    Great start to FanstRAvaganza, bccmee! The interview and pictures are wonderful. And don’t we all like to hear more reports of how nice RA is? 🙂

  16. Richard seems to have really bad luck when it comes to get near other people’s teeth don’t he?

  17. That is one lucky tooth chipped kid!!! Yes, there is a pattern with damaging fellow cast members teeth, but no one is perfect!!! As long as he doesn’t damage his own and ruin that perfect grin 😉

  18. itsjsforme says:

    Fantastic interview, bccmee! Another chipped tooth….geez! Maybe RA’s co-stars will need to start using mouth guards! lol

  19. gracie says:

    Excellent interview, this really was a coup. That is one cute kid. And once again, confirmation of how wonderful Mr. A is.

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  21. Faboamanto says:

    What a great coup Bccmee! and what a great gift to us all for FanstRA! Thank you!
    Richard is such a lovely man – more confirmation indeed and lovely photo with Max. And Max and his father two great guys as well.

    (What is it with RA and teeth though – LOL)
    Oh to be in a car with RA on a drive from London to Liverpool – heaven!

  22. Wow!! Bccmee, thank you so much for sharing such a treasure!

  23. Kate Patrick says:

    Very unique post! Something brand new we didn’t know a thing about. Thanks for a great kick-off to F3! Missed you! Glad to hear from you again.

  24. Hi Bccmee,
    This is a fabulous “insiders” interview with the kid co-star’s parent! And I love the picture of Richard with the kid! More bursting ovaries, I’m afraid. Ha!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  25. Mulubinba says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this Bccmee, and thanks also to Max’s Dad. Lovely photo at dinner 🙂

  26. Thais says:

    Great Day 1, Bccmee!
    Very nice interview! Lucky Max, despite what happened to his teeth…
    Thanks! 😀

  27. Ana Cris says:

    Thanks Bcc!
    Great interviews and photos!
    What a wonderful event, FanstRAvaganza!
    Success for Max!

  28. Nat says:

    Bccmee… our RA reporter. 🙂 Great post!!!

  29. kathrynruthd says:

    Fab interview! What a great experience Max has had…something that will stay with him forever. And just more evidence that RA is a lovely guy…even if he does chip the odd tooth here and there! 🙂

  30. Joanna says:

    Sweet boy! and Max is very cute ,too. 😉
    You are a tReAsure,Bccmee!<3

  31. OMG! You really made my day B! Thanks a lot for the great interview and the pictures – the two ‘boys’ are sooooo cute!!! 🙂

  32. What a way to start Bcc!!! Great interview! and how good it is to lay my eyes on a unseen pic of Richard. Thank you so much 🙂
    Happy FanstRAvaganza everyone!!!!

  33. Suse says:

    What a great start to this week! I read the interview first thing this morning but wanted to add my “thank you” even though I’m at work now 😉

  34. Detective BCC, fantastic job!
    This behind-the-scene research you did is really exclusive.

    And what can I say of the photos?? Lovely!

  35. Mezz says:

    Great interview, I always love the behind the scenes stuff. Thanks bccmee, Adrian and Max, you’ve made me one very happy RAdmirer with something new to read and lovely new pictures. 🙂

  36. kate aka khandy says:

    Ah lovely interview. Thank you so much. How lovely of Maz’s dad to share his thoughts

  37. jh says:

    Thanks BccMee!
    And thanks Max and his Dad.
    It’s great to read and see something new about RA !
    And Max is a real trooper being thrown in the Dock.
    (Guess most of us would enjoy sharing a car with RA from London to Liverpool?!)
    Great start to Day One!

  38. April says:

    Great interview and pictures Bccmee, bravo ! 🙂

  39. CDoart says:

    Wonderful interview and Maxwell Newman seems to be an actor to watch.
    I love the relaxed photo of the two actors at dinner ;o)
    Thank you very much, bccmee!

  40. It’s amazing! Bccmee, thanks so much for this wonderful interview! And thanks a lot to Max and Adrian! It’s so great that you shared with us your vivid recollections and photos.

  41. fitzg says:

    A wonderful interiview! Max has lived our childhood dreams. And I can’t wait to see him (hear) him as Toad. You are filming the performance, yes, Max’s pa?

    Good stuff, bccmee!

  42. Jonia says:


  43. Wonderful interview B! How fortunate that you got to interview Max’s father. Max is adorable!

  44. bccmee says:

    @Everyone: I’m just popping in with a quick comment. Thanks for all your support and I’m really thrilled to be taking part in FanstRAvaganza this year! I’ve taken a look at most every blog and there is such an interesting variety out there. As a friend of mine said, there is not a dud out there!

    I can’t take credit for this interview because all I did was copy and paste but I wanted to say your comments are very fun to read! I’m especially laughing at the various responses to the “chipped tooth” story, haha! Indeed, RA should come with a warning label. 😉

    Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. 😀

  45. lucylou says:

    Thank you so very much bcmee for sharing this interview and photo – what a lucky boy to have had that experience.

  46. Ania says:

    What an amazing kid! Thanks Bccmee for the interview and for picture! 🙂

  47. ChrisB says:

    That’s a great start to FanstRA3 bccmee. I love ‘behind the scenes’ articles and interviews and it was great to get some insight into how Richard’s scene was filmed. Apart from the tooth chipping thing, he’s also building a real reputation for throwing small kids into the river. Wonder what his insurance company makes of it all? Love the pictures too – very cute 🙂

  48. How adorable! As if we need more proof of what a wonderful guy RA is! LOL. Just *one* question, hehehe! Did Max and his family tell you if they knew of or were fans of RA before they met him? I was just curious.

    • bccmee says:

      @Margie: I didn’t think to ask that question of whether or not they knew about RA before working together and the subject didn’t come up. 🙂

  49. Virna says:

    Lovely pictures… thanks for sharing this interview… I really want to know, how bad it is to be jealous of a child?

    • Vicki says:

      It’s probably very bad, but I am jealous too! Richard can chip my tooth and throw me into the Mersey anytime. 🙂

      Great interview bccmee, thanks for sharing.

  50. Lady Prisca says:

    Very interesting Bccmee. I love the pics and your questions. One more time we can see that Richard is a nice guy. Thank you Bccmee

  51. mariana says:

    Excellent interview! Thank you for sharing with us. Richard is indeed a wonderful man!

  52. Teuchter says:

    Thank you Bcc for this great start to FanstRAvaganza 3 with this behind the scenes glimpse from Captain America and many thanks to Max and his Dad Adrian for sharing not only the story behind that scene but the wonderful accompanying pictures! I was just thinking that when The Hobbit hits the screens Max will be able to say that he acted with Richard Armitage before he was Thorin and that he was the one who chipped his tooth!! 🙂

  53. Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing the interview.

  54. yelloweeee says:

    Thanks for sharing this…..what a great start to fanstRAvaganza3!

    Great interview. Adrian sounds really cool, even though his son’s tooth got chipped! But nice to know RA was very apologetic about it….as we knew he would be!

    Thanks for the piccies too…..very sweet 🙂

  55. PV says:

    what a lovely interview, Bcc, I am so proud of you 🙂 Its a very nice set of questions. And loved the pics and the detailed answers from Max’s father. Very cool start to fanstRAvaganza 🙂

  56. Kaprekar says:

    Great interview I was so pleased to read! Thanks to all concerned.

  57. titianminx says:

    Bccmee thanks for the brill interview. What a lucky boy Max was to have such a lovely photo taken with RA.

  58. Maria Grazia says:

    Wow, great surprise bcc. I didn’t expect to find such a lovely interview with those great new pics from CA set. Well done, excellent job! Love the one with Richard and the kid, of course.

  59. Myra says:

    I agree with all of the above comments! Did anyone else notice the identical pose of RA and the kid taken from behind? Sort of like a little school boy stance in his adult gray suit. SIGH. Thanks Bcc for great interview and behind the scenes shots.

  60. Joanna says:

    Yep Myra!:) little school boy on dance lessons;)

  61. IngeD3 says:

    What a great interview! And isn’t the little boy just absolutely brave!
    The picture of him with his tea is so very cute and the one with him and Richard is adoRAble…
    Great surprise for our first FanstRAvaganza day B – thanks!

  62. fedoralady says:

    I am just getting to this and what a treat, my girl. The little boy was certainly a trouper, undergoing all those tosses in the water. And how nice to hear it confirmed once more that RA is a truly nice fellow and a true professional. Bless his heart, I know he was chagrined when he chipped the child’s tooth. Maybe he SHOULD come with a warning label!!

    I used to do interviews via email fairly often with people who lived too far away to do in person and to save my bosses the cost of a long-distance call. Worked well! 😀

  63. bccmee says:

    @Everyone: Thanks again for all your comments! RA definitely has a reputation for his professionalism. I think it’s a cute picture too and I really appreciate all the time and effort put in by Max’s dad. As I said in my post, Max is incredibly talented. I remember saying to my sister after seeing the movie how impressed I was. I hope Max has a long and fruitful career if that’s what he wants!

  64. Hi, Bcc.Thanks for this wonderful interview and the photos. Poor Richard ,I wonder how he must have been after the incident about the kid´s tooth.

  65. sapphire says:

    The benefits of a dancer’s stance RA doesn’t do slouching lol
    But he should come with a health warning 1st Keith Allen’s tooth 2nd Jonas Armstrong’s foot now Max’s chipped tooth.

  66. love4ot says:

    Thanks for the interview! It was really fun to hear from a “regular” guy about RA. The boy’s dad sounds very nice and the boy must have been a real trooper. I agree with Sapphire that RA needs to come with his own warning label! Lol.

  67. Pamela says:

    Such a great start and lovely pictures. And so heartening to hear further confirmation of Richard’s amiability.

  68. Amandajane says:

    Fantastic inteerview. Well done BCCmee. What a great dad granting the interview. Sounds like little Max has a strong back up there. Well done little man.
    Bless RA all apologetic over the chipped tooth. Good to see he gets another thumbs up there.

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