Chris Evans recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Screen Star to talk about his work in The Losers, as well as his upcoming roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Captain America, and The Avengers.
Evans had a lot of interesting things to say about all of these movies (and we encourage you to check out Screen Star's full interview to read them) but some of the best insight came when Evans was asked about the character of Captain America and how nervous Evans felt about taking on the iconic role:
Screenstar: Up next is The First Avenger: Captain America. How big a responsibility is it to take on that role, that project?
Evans: It is a big responsibility. I’m a little scared, to be honest. I’d be lying if I said anything else, and I have no problem being honest about that. It’s intimidating. It’s a big responsibility and you want to do your best work. I’m not quite sure what else to say. It was a challenging process for me, trying to decide whether or not to do it. I came down on the side of going for it because I really think Marvel is doing some great things these days, the script is great and it’s going to be a fun character to play. He’s a wonderful character, just as a man, aside from the comic hero background. If it was just a story about the man, Steve Rogers, I’d be really interested. He’s an incredibly noble, honest, selfless man, and those are qualities that I think people can aspire to and look up to.
Screenstar: Taking on this kind of mega-project can really change an actor’s life…
Evans: It was tricky saying yes. A couple of sleepless nights were involved. I’m going for it and I’m not looking back. I’m trying to just stay positive and focus on the fact that it could be a great thing. It really could be, it should be, and that’s the way I’m looking at it.
Evans also touched on how Captain America and The Avengers will affect his ability to star in smaller films, explaining how finding success in Hollywood is like playing chess.
Evans: This is obviously going to be a very time-consuming ordeal, not just with Captain America , but with The Avengers. They’ll shoot back to back. The shoots are long. The press is very time-consuming. It’s going to be very tricky. These are all the things I’ve had to try and weigh. But I said, “Well, if you do this, hopefully it will enable me to make whatever I’d like to make in the future.” That’s an opportunity you want. It’s chess, really. Sometimes this one move isn’t going to bring you everything you want, but five moves down the line it just may. So, again, it was pros and cons, and the pros won out.
I admire how open Evans is about taking on the role of Captain America. He could have easily lied and said something like, "I jumped at the chance to be Captain America. I'm a lifelong fan. The team is great..." etc., but his honest answer is much more interesting.
He's absolutely right to be nervous. In the Marvel universe, few characters are as important as Captain America, and that will surely be the case in the Marvel Movie Universe as well. By talking about the "responsibility" of getting the part right, Evans is only increasing his stock among fanboys. Although they are often criticized by filmmakers for being too picky about details, real comic book fans just want to see a good movie, and you can't have a good movie without dedicated actors (or a good script and good director, but we'll save that discussion for another day.)
You can check out the rest of Screen Star's interview with Chris Evans HERE.
What do you think about Evans' comments? For anyone who isn't fully onboard with Evans as Captain America, what will it take to convince you that he's right for the role?
The First Avenger: Captain America hits theaters on July 22, 2011.
The Avengers will be in theaters on May 4, 2012.
Source: ScreenStar via Collider