A Minute With: "Captain America" Chris Evans

Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:04pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - This Friday, actor Chris Evans is poised to become a household name when he takes on the role of Captain America in the Marvel Studio's feature film "Captain America: First Avenger."

Evans famously turned down the role several times before accepting the part of a skinny, bullied orphan during the 1940s named Steve Rogers who is transformed into the muscular Captain America thanks to a top secret serum developed by the government. He goes on to lead the U.S. Army in a fight to victory against the Nazis.

Evans, 30, sat down with Reuters to talk about his initial apprehension, why he went into therapy over it and what it felt like to put on the superhero's costume for the first time.

Q: Most actors would kill to play a superhero role, but you turned it down at first. Why?

A: "For me it was about a potential lifestyle change. I've been able to make films over the past 10 years but still maintain my anonymity. 'Captain America' could change that and if it did, I wouldn't have the opportunity to walk away if it rubbed me the wrong way because I made a commitment to six movies. That was scary."

Q: You made a similar commitment when you signed on to play the Human Torch in Marvel's "The Fantastic Four."

A: "Let's be real, the 'Fantastic Four' movies weren't that good. And I came out clean because there were four of us (Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis). We shared the load so it wasn't just me. 'Captain America' lives or dies (on my shoulders). That's intimidating."

Q: When you accepted the role, you promptly went into therapy. Why?   Continued...

<p>Cast members Chris Evans (L) and Hayley Atwell pose as they arrive at the "Captain America: The First Avenger" film premiere in Hollywood, California July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Redmond</p>