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?
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
i just cant wait for this movie!
A5J4DX on Dec 20, 2010
Seems like he's passionate about the part and wants it to be right. I have hope that he's going to be and good Cap!
xaudioprox on Dec 20, 2010
Like any movie I find myself psyched for, my concerns lie more with the director, this flick being a key example. So, I'm just as excited about Evans as I am concerned over Johnson....where that leaves me....Im still not sure
Voice of Reason on Dec 20, 2010
I think he can do a great job. He's a very good actor, and has played his characters very well in his past movies, even if they weren't the best. In reading his interview, it certainly appears he has the mental acuity to pull it off. It looks like a fantastic cast as well. Looking forward to it.
zack on Dec 20, 2010
Everyone who doesn't have trust in Evans should see Sunshine or Street Kings. Dude can act!
reeft on Dec 20, 2010
I'm still not sure about him as the Cap, but Evans seems like a down to earth guy.
Al on Dec 20, 2010
I've always been behind Evans, the guy has the talent, and these comments are nothing more than morale boosters.
Xerxex on Dec 20, 2010
My anticipation for this movie is disgustingly huge. I want Evans and Johnson to succeed so badly-- I'm just sick of being let down with the comic book films. Cannot wait for the trailer.
Cracky on Dec 20, 2010
I've always liked Evans, but unfortunately they do exactly what they do to Ryan Reynolds. Lots of talent in each of them but always get the cocky comic relief character, with the occasional serious role which lets you see their real talent show through. I'm really excited for this movie. Cant wait to see how it turns out!!!
Matte Blac on Dec 20, 2010
He was a GREAT Johnny Storm,jus the movie it self sucked.Having said that I'm still concerned about him as Steve Rogers,just seems like the wrong type is all I'm saying
donsolo77 on Dec 20, 2010
third time that I gonna say this..."I want to see the damn trailer" ...
Sakyo on Dec 20, 2010
I think everyone would agree Chris Pine was the better Chris for this part, shame he didn't take it. I like Evans, loved his cameo in Scott Pilgrim and Sunshine (the first half anyway) is an incredible film and Evans was awesome in it. Not sure about Johnson, liked several of his films, but this isn't like anything he's ever directed before, hope he can handle it. Hope Evans can fit the bill too, but I still think Pine was made for this role.
quazzimotto on Dec 20, 2010
Well quazzimotto Pine wants to focus on Star Trek and Evans is under contract for like 6 movies, I think three Captain America films and three The Avengers films...so I think Pine made a better choice sticking with Trek.
Xerxex on Dec 20, 2010
i personally really enjoy Chris Pine and think he will do a great job, BUT i still see no reason why the role wasn't given to KURT RUSSELL.
Astroboy3000 on Dec 20, 2010
Captain America + Green Lantern = Movie Ideas that truly suck.
Anne on Dec 21, 2010
Oh, and add Jonah Hex and The Fantastic Four to my above equation
Anne on Dec 21, 2010
No one doubts that his heart is in the right place, but WANTING to be a good actor and do a good job isn't the same as BEING a good actor and doing a good job. Unlike a lot of other actors where I could see a glimmer of potential (like Chris Pine or Heath Ledger), I just don't see it with him. Of course, there's nothing I want more than for the Cap movie to be absolutely amazing, so I really hope he proves me wrong.
Pete the Geek on Dec 21, 2010
I dont like Evans but people are right, its not always the actors fault. Like Jeff Daniels said, they are only hired guns, they go in and do their part and walk away. Then a year later they get to see if the Director took their performance in the same direction, worked with it, and perfected it or just completely demolished it.
Yosemite Sam the Pirate on Dec 21, 2010
The best line of Chris Evans' career. "The way her face looks when she's tounguing my balls". I loved Not Another Teen Movie. You could tell he was going to be a star.
Emdub52 on Dec 21, 2010
although i am excited for this movie, Chris Evans was a terrible choice for Captain America because 1) he's a bad actor and 2) he's already the Human Torch. you can't be 2 heroes in the same comic book universe. if he chose to play the role of some hero from DC comics, i'd be fine with his decision but he's already a hero from Marvel's Universe. what if Fantastic 4 has a cameo in the upcoming Avengers movie? they couldn't do it and if they did choose to do it and he played both the role of Capt. America and Human Torch it would be dumb
nick on Dec 21, 2010
That can easily be solved...you know...with a different actor playing Human Torch. Duh.
Hezeus on Dec 21, 2010
Nick, If you truly want to know how it would work out, do some research on comic movie rights who owns what previouse movies. Its not as simple as Marvel and DC....FF is owned by some one else if/when the rights were released back to Marvel completly and if/when the FF showed there face again with Thor, Hullk, Iron man, Avengers etc. it would be a complete reboot with new people. His role in the FF was the only one that I like.....couldnt stand the others. I have faith in him.... now to see how the reast plays out. Bring a Trailer!
McWilly on Dec 22, 2010
Well, i am a truly big fan of Chris Evans but i am not entirely sure if he can handle the character.Cap is not complicated although this task should have been given to someone that even barely looks like Steve Rogers.I guess we are gonna have to wait and see a trailer early next year. BTW I loved Thor's trailer and i can't wait to see more of the movie.
Fisherr on Dec 26, 2010
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