Actor Chris Evans waves to fans as he arrives at Incheon International Airport Thursday. He will be shooting scenes for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." / Yonhap
By Park Si-soo
American actor Chris Evans arrived in Seoul on Thursday to take part in the domestic shooting of Hollywood blockbuster "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." In the film, he plays "Captain America."
Evans arrived at Incheon International Airport at 5:30 p.m. and then moved to a hotel in Seoul whose location is unknown. His first shooting here is scheduled on Friday at the Sangam Digital Media City (DMC).
The Walt Disney Company Korea that oversees all affairs with regard to the domestic filming refused to say anything about him, including how long he will stay and whether he has scenes with actress Soo Hyun, the only Korean in the film.
Rumors mounted one day before his arrival that Evans would briefly meet with Korean journalists during his stay and some of his scenes will be open to the public. Yet Disney denied that. The company argues that any leak of scenes prior to the film's release next year will deal a severe blow to its marketability.
"Seoul is not the only place reserved for the shooting. Similar work is being done in South Africa and other countries. We are imposing an equally strict secrecy rule on all shooting sites," said Kim Jean, marketing supervisor of the Walt Disney Company Korea.
The company has warned that any leak of critical scenes will lead to the editing out all scenes recorded in Korea. It said those who upload video clips showing the shooting of a scene for more than three seconds on the Internet will be subject to a lawsuit. Media outlets are not free from the restriction, it added.
Yet there are many people questioning how long the secrecy rule will be able to remain intact.
They said the biggest challenge will come during the outdoor shooting in Gangnam, one of the most bustling entertainment districts in Seoul. Tens of thousands of people are expected to observe the shooting there on Sunday. Police plan to close all the lanes heading toward Kyobo Tower intersection, but not lanes on the other side of the road.
Meanwhile, the shooting at Sangam DMC will continue through today. The next outdoor shooting will take place on Cheongdam Grand Bridge on Saturday.