Chris Evans is going to be a very famous guy for a very long time, especially among movie and comic book geeks. With the official announcement that Chris Evans is Captain America happening a few days ago, he’s already being subjected to an onslaught of questions regarding the part.
At WonderCon, to promote this month’s release of The Losers, the cast (including Evans) was on hand for a presentation and round-table interviews. While during the presentation, folks were asked to not address Captain America, it did come up afterward in the interviews.
Why did Chris Evans want to play Captain America?
“I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right now, and it’s a fun character. Even if it wasn’t a comic book. I think the story of Steve Rogers is great. He’s a great guy. Even if it was just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it. So it wasn’t necessarily about the comic itself. He’s a great character. He’s a great character to play. He just happens to be a comic book character.”
As we’re all well aware of, there existed an extreme amount of rumors and speculation surrounding the extensive casting process for the title character in The First Avenger: Captain America. While Evans was a late contender in the game, after every young male actor in the world auditioned for the part, he knew about the buzz and tried to avoid it.
“I try and stay away from all that. That’s almost none of my business… It’s a slippery slope when you start reading that stuff. I have enough trouble doing press. You end up living in your own head a lot more than you’d like to and you start reading that stuff and it’s a dangerous game to play. So, for the most part, I tried to stay out of it.”
Someone even asked him if they’ll color his hair blond to match the Steve Rogers from the comic books.
“I don’t know it’s up to them. I have no idea… It’s just happened. I haven’t talked to anybody, so I have no idea.”
With his 9-picture contract and expectation of multiple solo movies, multiple Avengers movies and appearances in other Marvel Studios projects, Evans will represent that patriotic hero for years to come and will be subject to an overabundance of press, convention appearances and other instances where he will be questioned repeatedly on the most basic and sometimes absurd topics.
I couldn’t care less about whether or not they change his hair color but what fans should be concerned about is how they treat Steve Rogers on screen with a generally comedic character actor playing the role of a 1940s era soft-spoken charming guy. I think he can pull it off, I just hope the director and script go that direction (the proper direction).
Joining Chris Evans in the Captain America cast so far are Sebastian Stan as his oldest friend, Bucky, and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, the feature villain of the film. The Joe Johnston-directed epic begins shooting in the UK this June and I’m excited to start seeing who else will join the cast and what Evans’ outfit will look like.
The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. For now, you can check out Chris Evans in The Losers on April 23, 2010.