Guess Who Touched Captain America’s Shield

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Disclosure: I received an all-expenses paid trip to LA last year to attend the Iron Man 3 premier and had the added bonus of being on set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier where I got to play with Captain America’s Shield! No compensation was received for this post and all opinions are my own.

It used to be that as soon as a movie was over, I was rushing out of the theater to get to my car. I never stuck around to watch the movie credits. I would watch award shows like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes and see a few categories here or there that acknowledge the efforts of costume designers and other people who worked behind the scenes and not think much of it. Then I had the amazing opportunity to go on set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year and got to meet some of those behind the scenes people and was completely mesmerized. One of those persons was Russell Bobbitt, the prop MASTER who created (yes I said created) Captain America’s shield.

Captain Americas Shield


Me and my bloggy friends listening intently to Russell Bobbitt, prop master for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Russell Bobbitt was a charming character. While we were on set, he spoke candidly and openly with us not only about creating Captain America’s shield but also, how he got started in the business and how he’s developed into one of the best in the field. In Captain America 2, there are four different looks to the shield to coordinate with the different missions Captain America encounters. Four different looks means four different shields, right? Wrong. In reality, Russell had to create 50 different shields out of various materials such has hard rubber, soft rubber, fiberglass, metal, etc. After all, if the Chris Evans and the rest of the crew and in a fight scene, no one wants to get hit with a metal shield, which of course, is Russell’s favorite.

holding Captain America's Shield

And see that? That is one of the actually one of Captain America’s Shields used in the movie. It’s one of the hard rubber ones and was surprisingly light. This is Russell’s second favorite shield. 🙂

Listening to Russell speak about his career in the business and how much time and effort he puts into every single prop he creates was an awe-inspiring event. Now, instead of rushing out of the movie theater to get to my car, I sit back and take in all the names of the people who help make these movies happen.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014! Until then, get your social media fix by following them on Facebook and Twitter! #CaptainAmerica

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  1. I haven’t washed my hands yet!! 🙂

  2. this was an amazing day! Your picture came out great!

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