Chris Evans Says His Anxiety Nearly Prevented Him From Taking 'Captain America' Role

Written by on May 26, 2020

Chris Evans opened up about grappling with anxiousness in a latest interview, revealing that it virtually prevented him from accepting his function as Captain America.

The 38-year-old advised The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that he first began coping with anxiousness upon the discharge of “Implausible 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” in 2007. Solid as Johnny Storm in that movie and its predecessor, “Implausible 4,” Evans defined that he took on the function as a result of “that was again when the superhero factor was simply taking off.”

“I had simply been dumped and I wanted it!” he shared, earlier than including that across the time of the movie’s launch, he’d had rising anxiousness resulting from dropping out on elements and never having movies like 2007’s “Sunshine” be well known.

“No person sees my good motion pictures,” mentioned Evans within the interview. 

The actor went on to share how his psychological well being battles continued, explaining that he had “mini panic assaults on set” in the course of the filming of 2010’s “Puncture.”

“I actually began to suppose, ‘I’m undecided if this [acting] is the suitable factor for me, I’m undecided if I’m feeling as wholesome as I ought to be feeling,’” he mentioned.

Marvel got here calling shortly thereafter, providing Evans the prospect to check out for the function of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. The deal meant 9 movies ― a large payout and explosive fame. Evans was scared of what the outsized limelight would do to his anxiousness and mentioned no.

“My struggling could be my very own,” mentioned Evans, who repeatedly turned down the chance to check for the function, even after the studio supplied a lowered variety of movies and an elevated wage.

Not prepared to take no for a solution, Marvel supplied Evans the half outright, inflicting the actor to rethink his preliminary choice and seek the advice of “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. for recommendation. 

Evans and Downey apparently share “an agent, a therapist, and trusted family and friends,” all of whom pushed Evans to not let concern information his choice making.

“It was the very best choice I’ve ever made, and I actually owe that to [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige for being persistent and serving to me keep away from making a large mistake.” he mentioned.

“To be trustworthy, all of the issues that I used to be fearing by no means actually got here to fruition,” he mentioned.

Evans mentioned he “fell in love” together with his Steve Rogers character and that it helped having Chris Hemsworth, who got here into the MCU as Thor across the similar time as Evans, as a fellow beginner.

“It was good having Chris Hemsworth round as a result of he was going by it, too. I imply, on the time Downey’s Downey and Scarlett’s Scarlett [Johansson]. And [Mark] Ruffalo and [Jeremy] Renner, on the time, have been crushing it, too. Hemsworth and I have been very new and we additionally had the stand-alones and so I feel we shared in our anxiousness, and at the very least that made it a bit bit extra comforting,” he mentioned.

Beforehand, Evans has been open about his psychological well being struggles and shared his trepidation on changing into Captain America with Males’s Well being.

“[Captain America] was an enormous dedication. If the film hits, your life noticeably modifications. If somebody in your loved ones is within the hospital, and also you’re going out and in and persons are taking footage of and also you complain, it’s too unhealthy. You made this mattress, sleep in it,” mentioned Evans to the publication in 2019, earlier than including: “Perhaps the factor you’re most petrified of is definitely the factor it’s best to do.” 


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