And no, we are not referring to the new Captain America, Sam Wilson (Falcon) played by Anthony Mackie, or the character John Walker (Wyatt Hawn Russell) from the Disney + series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier". It's about how Chris Evans almost did not accept being Captain America!
The famous American actor, director and producer Christopher Robert Evans, or as we all know him: Chris Evans, was on the verge of not accepting the leading role of Steve Rogers in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.
We know that the first Iron Man movie was a total success, so Marvel was already preparing another film that would also be a success soon. Evans found out that auditions were open for the lead role, and got a chance to audition and be Captain America, a role that initially went to American actor John Krasinski, but was rejected by that actor.
When Marvel Studios chose actor Chris Evans to play the role of Captain America for the first time, the actor turned it down. But ... why did he refuse to accept such a great opportunity?
Evans once commented that the reason for his rejection was fear, anxiety and stress that he was experiencing at that time in his life. And knowing that he had to sign a nine-movie contract with Marvel Studios, he felt it was not convenient, so he did not want to accept Marvel's offer to play one of the most iconic characters in the world of comics and superheroes.
The actor made the remarks in an Awards Chatter podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg, where he gave details of his career and personal life prior to meeting Marvel.
He also commented that anxiety problems arose in his life during the 2007 film premiere as Human Torch in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, (a franchise that ended up being canceled, due to terrible criticism and failure at the box office) where he played another superhero named Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.
Yet Evans reconsidered the opportunity despite all the insecurity and fear he felt of taking on such a great feat. He said it was the best decision he could have made, and that he thanked Kevin Feige because he was one of the people who insisted the most and convinced him to accept, in addition to his mother, who also advised him to take that great opportunity to interpret character and thus avoid making a huge mistake.
Thanks to that decision, the actor won great international recognition for his portrayal of Steve, and without a doubt it was the best choice he could choose, because Captain America would not have been the same one who conquered all the fans of the Marvel Universe with his bravery, humanity and leadership if Chris Evans hadn't accepted the role of the superhero.
And although we will no longer see him in new movies like Captain America, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest superheroes of all time.