Chris Evans Reveals the Man Who Inspired His Take on Captain America

Chris Evansset to star in Knives Out as a smug snot and Jekyll as a descendant of the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — has bid farewell to Captain America. Further, he seems committed to diversifying his portfolio with roles vastly disparate from the superhero space. However, Evans, though maybe not the “crown jewel” of the MCU, will always be the man behind Captain America; no matter who he relinquishes the shield to, Evans will retain the Rogers mantle. 

MCU star and Captain America actor Chris Evans
MCU star Chris Evans | Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

How Chris Evans has managed to make a morally upstanding, sometimes superior, and always righteous individual likable is beyond anybody’s guess; that’s called good looks, charm, and sheer talent! After spending nearly a decade as the shield-wielding hero clad in a skin-tight super suit, it may come as a surprise that Evans, so intimately connected to his character, did not find the source for Rogers’ persona within his own identity. He based Captain America off someone he knew personally. 

The inspiration behind Chris Evans’ Captain America in the MCU

Many moons ago, when Age of Ultron was the biggest MCU film to date, a blogger visited Disney and was awarded the opportunity to interview Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. She managed to dig up some prized information. As shared on BudgetSavvyDiva, she asked Evans, “What aspects of Capt. America’s personality are coming from you and what are the most difficult to portray?” Evans responded:

I do believe there’s always something that you can tap into for every role because you have to make it your own.  You can’t be too foreign off base because you know, you have to make it something familiar…I took a lot of –. I grew up with a kid named Charlie Morris…And this kid, this was a kid who was an Eagle Scout… He is just a good guy, you know…was just the best guy I knew, just a good guy.  And so a lot of times you kind of draw parallels to what Charlie would do…

BudgetSavvyDiva

As for Captain America, it should come as no surprise that Chris Evans relied on an Eagle Scout to develop the character. Eagle Scouts must put in several years of hard work and determination to reach that coveted title; and if anyone is in the battle for the long haul, it’s Captain America. 

During an interview with the Times of India, Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo confirmed that Chris Evans based his character portrayal off of an individual he knew growing up. Russo stated:

Chris Evans relates to one of the important people from his childhood. He based Captain America’s performance on this man he knew, so that’s very personal. They all find a certain sense of themselves in these characters after playing them for so long.

Times of India 

After all these years, it appears that Captain America has been an Eagle Scout all along; it all seems to make a bit more sense now, doesn’t it? The parallels are so evident once you know.