Chris Evans Initially Turned Down Captain America Position Because of Anxiousness

It is arduous to think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe with out Chris Evans. Nevertheless, the 38-year-old actor initially turned down the chance to play Captain America.

The Steve Rogers star revealed why he nearly handed on the half throughout Monday’s episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.


After the success of the Unbelievable 4 films, Evans felt anxious about performing shifting from being his “pastime” to being his job.

“When it turns into your job, bizarre egoic strings develop into connected and precautions and plans and abruptly it begins to really feel a bit heavier,” he mentioned. “And yeah, anxiousness comes with that. As a result of it was additionally throughout the proliferation of the Web Age the place abruptly you may learn individuals’s reactions on-line and abruptly your egoic story, your narrative, turns into entangled with what was as soon as simply this pure little ball of pleasure. And yeah, it manifested as anxiousness and a bit stress.”

He then went on to star within the 2012 film Puncture, the place he “began to have mini panic assaults on set.” 


“They have been sufficient to throw me a bit and sufficient to make me a query, like I mentioned earlier, if I used to be on the best path,” Evans recalled. “Generally it takes a bit little bit of a nightmare to wake you up. I actually began to assume, ‘I am undecided if that is the best factor for me. I am undecided if I am feeling as wholesome as I ought to be feeling.'”

It was round this time that Evans additionally auditioned for on What’s Your Quantity? with Anna Faris. He was instructed he was up towards John Krasinski however that The Workplace alum was in the running for Captain America, as effectively. Evans ended up getting the gig. After his workforce delivered the information, they stunned him with an replace. He was instructed Marvel determined to go in a distinct path and wished him to come back in for a take a look at.

“I hung up and I sort of thought of it. And I actually, for some purpose, checked out it as, ‘That is the temptation. That is it. That is the fork within the highway. And I actually need to sort of get up to my life and take management of it. And I believe that is the place you say no,'” Evans mentioned. “So, I referred to as my workforce again and I mentioned, ‘Pay attention, thank them very a lot however I believe I’ll say no thanks.'”



Whereas his workforce questioned his determination, they delivered the message. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige continued and finally invited Evans to pay them a go to. Evans agreed however he felt like his thoughts was made up. 

“I left Marvel. I mentioned, ‘, I’ve mentioned no to this a pair occasions and I awakened feeling fairly good. I’ll stick with my weapons,'” he mentioned. “I referred to as my workforce and I mentioned, ‘Look, I am passing. Thank them however no thanks.'”


After listening to the response, Feige determined to supply Evans the function with no take a look at. He then gave him the weekend to decide.

“I took the weekend and I went to some completely different therapists,” Evans mentioned. “I had by no means actually been to remedy earlier than. Simply, you realize, talked to some completely different individuals.”

Whereas Evans knew he ran the danger of experiencing anxiousness, he additionally knew he could not dwell in worry. 


“I had lots of people simply say to me—they understood the place I used to be coming from—however they mentioned it seemed like I used to be making choices primarily based on worry, which isn’t unfaithful,” he mentioned. “They mentioned, ‘You may’t try this. You may’t dwell life that method.'”

Finally, Evans agreed to take the function—and it was the “finest determination” he ever made. Along with starring in the Captain America standalone films, he appeared in The Avengers movies. 

To take heed to Evans’ full interview, take a look at The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.


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