‘Avengers: Endgame:’ This Hero Convinced Chris Evans to Play Captain America
Since Starring as Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans has gained critical acclaim and an international devout fan following; however, he was not initially on board to star in the film.
While playing a Marvel superhero comes with several perks – recognition, the financial freedom to indulge niche passion projects, and try your hand at directing or writing – actors do have to sign on for a multiple film deal, which can often seem intimidating. Actors grow out of roles and transform with time. Chris Evans was initially approached with a nine-film contract and denied the opportunity.
When approached again, Marvel offered him a six-film contract; however, Evans still was not sure if the role was a fit, and whether or not he wanted to commit to such an extended project. According to SyFy Wire, this is when Chris Evans’ family started asking him if he was sure he was making the right decision.
Evans reported, after the second call, “it started to feel like maybe this is what I’m supposed to do.” So, when a special someone called after the second refusal, Chris got the shove he needed to hop on board.
Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., picked up the phone to convince Chris Evans to play Captain America
According to SyFy Wire, when Marvel was still trying to convince Evans to join the film franchise (after his second refusal), Robert Downey Jr. decided to lend a hand.
Downey told SyFy Wire, “I remember getting on the phone with him and strongly suggesting that he not shrink away from the offer. He said, “Look man, you might not like the fact that you’ve played one of these guys before, but you know, this can afford you all sorts of other freedoms. I also thought he was the perfect guy for the job.”
And the rest is, as the saying goes, history. Chris Evans went on to satisfy audiences as Captain America in several MCU films. However, Endgame will be the actor’s final foray as the beloved Steve Rogers.
Robert Downey Jr. hinted at the likely reason Evans initially denied ‘Captain America’
Before Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans had already starred in five other comic book movies. And, unlike Captain America, they did not open to rave critical reviews.
While many will remember Chris Evans as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, which currently has a 27% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, Evans also starred in TMNT, Push, The Losers, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. While Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opened to strong critical reviews, the others all bombed.
Not only was Chris Evans likely hesitant to star in another superhero movie, given his experience within the genre, but he was also probably afraid of future typecasting. It’s likely that Robert Downey Jr.’s comment about the “freedoms” Marvel provides motivated Chris Evans into action.
Evans has definitely capitalized on said freedoms; he directed and starred in Before We Go alongside Alice Eve in 2014. Chris Evans, multiple times, has discussed his plans to spread his wings in other areas. While he’s set to star in Knives Out and The Red Sea Diving Resort later this year, we will likely see Chris Evans behind the camera a few more times, if not several more times, throughout his career.