Chris Evans on 'Captain America' and handling fame

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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a suit of stars and stripes, and a loyal Marvel fan base behind him, actor Chris Evans once again brandishes the shield of superhero Captain America in a new film. In real life, the actor finds himself at odds with the demands of fame.

Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," out in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday, thrusts the patriotic superhero into battle with an elusive enemy.

The film catches up with Captain America's alter-ego Steve Rogers after he emerged from being frozen for 70 years and helped save New York in 2012's blockbuster superhero ensemble "The Avengers." Rogers is now living in Washington and adjusting to modern life. The former soldier has joined the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and teams with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to unravel a conspiracy.

The 32-year-old Evans talked to Reuters about what drives Captain America, dealing with the press, and what makes him feel like a kid again.

Q: What has changed about Captain America in the sequel?

A: He has always been a servant for the people. The problem now is given the current technological advancements, in order to preserve the freedom that we try to promise people, you may have to bend the rules in order to keep people safe. There is a great line in the movie that (S.H.I.E.L.D. director) Nick Fury says, "S.H.I.E.L.D takes the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be." That's a tough concept for Cap to swallow.

Q: What do you think makes him stand out among the Marvel characters?

A: His fight for morality. He puts himself last. For the most part, the majority of other superheroes in the world, their personal conflict is the main conflict. I think Cap tries to not burden other people with his own issues.   Continued...

Cast member Chris Evans poses at the premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California March 13, 2014. The movie opens in the U.S. on April 4. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni