As difficult as it may be to picture another actor portraying Captain America, Chris Evans recently revealed that he originally declined the role that propelled him to worldwide superstardom.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Evans, who has portrayed Cap in two Avenger films and three Captain America films (including the forthcoming Civil War), opened up about his initial reluctance to portray the patriotic superhero.
“Yeah, I was scared because at first it was a nine-picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry,” Evans admitted to Kimmel. “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 recalibrate. When you have a giant contract, if all of a sudden you’re not responding well, too bad, you gotta suit up again. That was scary.”
So what made Evans decide to don the iconic red, white, and blue uniform and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
A not too pleasant visit from The Hulk.
While Evans turned down the high-profile role a number of times, he eventually had a change of heart after discussing the decision with family and friends.
“I was saying no out of fear, really,” Evans continued. “You can’t do anything out of fear. You can’t be doing something, because you’re scared. It ended up kind of clicking to me in the way that whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.”
(H/T Entertainment Weekly)
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.