Chris Evans Opens Up About Why He First Turned Down Captain America


It’s hard to imagine anyone but Chris Evans in the role of Captain America within the Marvel Cinematic Universe but initially he turned the role.

During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while promoting the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Evans explained that it was a major decision because he would have to sign on to such a large term contract.

“Yeah yeah, I was scared, because at first it was a matter, at first it was some 9 picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry and doing movies one at a time, if all the 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 the sudden you’re not responding well, too bad, you’ve got to suit up again, and that was scary. “

He also added that taking on a character like this came with an added sense of responsibility to fans.

“It kept coming back my way. I said no a few times, and it kept coming back, and I talked to a few people in my life, family, and friends, and it just started to kind of make sense that I was saying no out of fear, really, and you can’t do anything out of fear. You can’t be doing something because you’re scared, so it ended up kind of clicking to me in the way of looking at it and saying whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.”

With Evans being such a staple within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s almost impossible to think of another actor who could have picked up the shield and delivered such captivating performances.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Get ready to choose your side when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.




Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for covering everything from music to...