Why Chris Evans Originally Turned Down ‘Captain America’

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It’s hard to imagine who else could have played Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.

Prior to his first outing as Cap in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, we’d seen Chris Evans put in a fun performance in Not Another Teen Movie, lead his first action-thriller in the form of Cellular, and give us a convincing Johnny Storm in Fox’s unfortunately mediocre Fantastic Four films. Then, just like that, he was Captain America, a role he’s completely made his own throughout the evolution of the MCU. So it’s interesting to learn that, at first, Evans actually didn’t want the gig. That’s right, Marvel asked, and he said no.

“I was scared,” Evans revealed in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “At first it was some nine-picture contract and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry. Doing movies one at a time, if all of a sudden you decide you don’t want to do them anymore, you’re afforded the opportunity to take a step back and re-calibrate. When you have a giant contract, if all of a sudden you’re not responding well – too bad, you gotta suit up again.”

It’s a valid concern for an actor to have. After all, there’s no turning back once you’ve signed on that dotted line. A studio like Marvel plans multiple pictures around certain actors, and having talent drop out halfway through a plan is just not an option. Luckily for Evans and all of us, Marvel refused to take no for an answer.

“It kept coming back my way. I said no a few times and it kept coming back,” Evans said. “I talked to a few people in my life; family and friends. It just started to make sense. I was saying no out of fear, really, and you can’t do anything out of fear.

“Whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.”

We’ll be seeing Evans playing Cap once again in the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, set to open in Australia on April 28 and in the U.S. on May 6.

Ph: Zade Rosenthal © 2014 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
Ph: Zade Rosenthal
© 2014 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.