Chris Evans has spoken candidly to Total Film about his apprehension towards playing Captain America for Marvel.
The role of the first Avenger was a hotly-contested one, not that Evans was initially interested.
He told us: “I didn’t want to do this movie… I said no, I think, three times. I had serious doubts.”
It seems it was the long-term contract (he’s locked in for six pictures, including The Avengers) that was causing his trepidation.
Evans explained: "If these movies do well, I could be playing this guy until I’m 40. What if I want to quit acting? What if I want to move to India? You can’t – you have a contract. It’s terrifying!”
What was the appeal then? “I loved the character… He’s a good guy. Even if nobody's looking.
“He’s got nothing, he can’t do anything, but he’s OK with it. He does the right thing, not for praise but because it’s the right thing.
“What a great character to play!”
Captain America: The First Avenger opens on 29 July 2011.
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