Chris Evans Speaks on Challenges of Becoming Captain America
Even after what I considered to be a decent first look at Chris Evans wearing the red, white and blue for Captain America: The First Avenger, there are still plenty of people who are none too pleased with his casting as the comic book hero. Hopefully some of those fears and criticisms will be quieted whenever we see the first trailer, but until then, Evans himself has recently spoken about the challenges that face him with this huge undertaking of a role. The Daily Blam (via ComingSoon) checked out Evans recent interview with Wizard magazine where Evans opened up about some fans' insecurity and playing the American hero himself.
As far as the skeptics out there are concerned, Evans says, "I can understand if fans are wondering. That's okay. I'm obviously taking their concerns to consideration, but I can't get too swept into it, otherwise I'll start beating myself up and losing my confidence." He elaborates on this fact while responding to the backlash against himself as an actor and some of his previous films:
"I am definitely optimistic about the films that are coming out. I think it's no secret that I've been a part of a few films that have missed the mark. And it's upsetting when that happens. It's upsetting working as hard as you can in your respective field given the fact that a film has all these difference creative elements to it and you can only do so much with what you are expected to do. And it's a disappointment when a film comes out and it's not what you hoped it would be. There's really no formula: I've seen a lot of movies that I would have gladly walked out of the theater that made hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office."
Of course, there are those fans who seem to be pleased and even excited about Evans picking up the shield. The actor said:
"It's great so far, [The fans are] so enthusiastic. They want the product [to be] as good as you want the project to be. These guys live and die for it. It reminds you why you make these movies. These people want it to be good so desperately, that you so desperately want to give them what they're looking for."
But with all this excitement and dedication to making the best adaptation possible, what about all the pressure that comes in this package? Aside from living up to the legacy of the comic book hero, Evans has bulked up considerably and has plenty to live up to on-screen as an action hero and a genuine character. Here's what Evans had to say on those matters:
"As far as the physicality goes, that comes from the serum, and I think special effects will help me carry the load. As far as who he is as a man, the reason he's chosen for this experiment is because he has a pure heart. It's the morality, the nobility. He's a real redeeming character to play, it's exciting to think of playing him. I actually have a friend of mine who I'm modeling the character after. This guy is actually an Eagle Scout, he's one of those guys who stayed in the Boy Scouts all the way until he was 18. He's just a good human being. He does the right things, he's open, he's honest, he's sincere, he's selfless. It's something that I think everyone aspires to. A lot of time I play characters who don't have any redeeming quality [Laughing]."
Personally, after seeing the photos, I'm very excited to see what Evans can bring to the character. If any skeptics out there haven't seen his work in Danny Boyle's Sunshine, that would be a great first step to having your mind changed. Of course, the real test will be the first trailer (which will hopefully hit early next year) which will make or break a lot of fanboys' dreams. I'm pretty pleases with the way Thor looks after that first trailer so let's hope Marvel and director Joe Johnston knock this one out of the park. For more of Chris Evans' musings on Captain America, you can read the entire interview right here. What do you think?