Neal McDonough Confirms Captain America Role

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

Neal McDonough made an appearance on the red carpet for yesterday’s MTV Movie Awards presentation and MTV had the chance to speak with him about the news that he may be playing a role in The First Avenger: Captain America. Not only did McDonough talk about Captain America, but he confirmed his role as Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan, demonstrating plenty of excitement which should put smiles on the faces of Marvel movie fans and followers of McDonough’s film and TV work.

News that McDonough was in talks with Marvel broke a few days ago and now that he’s confirmed, along with today’s press release of the talented Stanley Tucci joining the cast, hopefully we’ll soon get confirmation that Jeremy Renner has officially signed on for The Avengers. That would make this last week one of the biggest (and most exciting) weeks ever for Marvel movie casting.

“I’m so excited — I’m playing Dum Dum Dugan… It’s going to be a blast with Chris [Evans], Sam Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and everyone else. It’s going to be fantastic. We’re going to tear it up!”

As I described in our other report, Dum Dum is an agent of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics and fought alongside him in World War II as part of his elite Howling Commandos unit. From the interview below, we know that the Howling Commandos will definitely play a part in The First Avenger: Captain America but their name may change.

Check out this mustache:

I love his passion, the facial hair and excitement, and more than that, I’m very happy that McDonough has an important role in The First Avenger: Captain America with the possibility of other future appearances in movies like the S.H.I.E.L.D. film which may come after The Avengers.

It sounds like the look of his character and costume are going to be pretty true to the comics and that should keep fans happy. On the casting front, seemingly everyone who’s been added are not only proven as actors but are likable personalities on and off the screen and that positive buzz does make a difference as well.

There are however – as our own Kofi Outlaw points out – a lot of recognizable stars joining the cast and that can work for or against the movie. The plan was to pick an unknown for the title role and support him with established actors, and while they ended up choosing a popular actor to play Steve Rogers, the rest of the cast is being filled in with a lot of talented folks. Let’s hope they’re all used correctly and with the right amount of screentime.

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Iron Man 2 is currently in theaters everywhere; Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con this summer!

Source: MTV

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  1. I like how excited and psyched he is about playing DDD! He also seems so humble,easy to get along with and just a straight up cool guy. Wow, and his wife seems just as or even more excited,she’s a whole lot bigger than him and very voluptuous,and not some fake skinny ass model. They both seem like “real” and very likable people. Chris Evans has some serious heavy hitters joining him,I think he will be under so much pressure,that he will have no choice but to deliver a stellar performance.

  2. Who is Tommy Lee Jones playing?


  3. I’m a Joe Johnston fan, and this has a fantastic cast, one of the best but to quote every Star Wars film and novel, I have a bad feeling about this….

    I think this might be the return of the camp comic book hero. I also wonder the appeal of Captain America outside of the US, in the UK he has never really been a popular character. I’ve never read a CA comic in my life, then again I try to avoid Marvel altogether because of the generally horrific and cheap artwork.

    • I think one of the reasons they’re calling it ‘The First Avenger: Captain America’ is to tone down the America-centric nature of the character, because they know that would be a hard sell in the UK. I expect the ad campaign and the posters to be focused more on the action and war element of the film than the title character himself. Maybe they’ll try to play up the whole Nazi element too.

      • It’s not really the uk Market that’s potentially a problem, it’s more internationally in countries that aren’t so fond of stars and stripes that box office will be an issue.

        I do want this to be a success though, can’t wait to start seeing some official shots of Evan’s in costume.

  4. Who Isa “Dun Dum” Dugan? and if this movies is campy i wont waste my money to see it.