In a chat with Screenstar the former Human Torch, Chris Evans, broke down his thoughts on starring as the Sentinel of Liberty. From what I gathered after digesting the interview, Evans seems genuinely humbled by the opportunity to tackle such a high profile project. Going through Evans catalogue of films, he’s played the smarmy/ smart ass/ jock type multiple times (see: Not Another Teen Movie, either of the Fantastic Four movies and the upcoming movies The Losers and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World). Though in both Street Kings and Sunshine Evans hit audiences with cool confidence that will lend itself well when he dawns the iconic Captain America garb. Hit the jump for Evans thoughts on playing The First Avenger: Captain America:
Screenstar: Up next is The First Avenger: Captain America. How big a responsibility is it to take on that role, that project?
Evans: It is a big responsibility. I’m a little scared, to be honest. I’d be lying if I said anything else, and I have no problem being honest about that. It’s intimidating. It’s a big responsibility and you want to do your best work. I’m not quite sure what else to say. It was a challenging process for me, trying to decide whether or not to do it. I came down on the side of going for it because I really think Marvel is doing some great things these days, the script is great and it’s going to be a fun character to play. He’s a wonderful character, just as a man, aside from the comic hero background. If it was just a story about the man, Steve Rogers, I’d be really interested. He’s an incredibly noble, honest, selfless man, and those are qualities that I think people can aspire to and look up to.
Screenstar: Taking on this kind of mega-project can really change an actor’s life…
Evans: It was tricky saying yes. A couple of sleepless nights were involved. I’m going for it and I’m not looking back. I’m trying to just stay positive and focus on the fact that it could be a great thing. It really could be, it should be, and that’s the way I’m looking at it.
Screenstar: Your schedule is full now with big-big films. How much time will you be able to devote to smaller projects, like The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond?
Evans: This was the next hurdle. This is obviously going to be a very time-consuming ordeal, not just with Captain America , but with The Avengers. They’ll shoot back to back. The shoots are long. The press is very time-consuming. It’s going to be very tricky. These are all the things I’ve had to try and weigh. But I said, “Well, if you do this, hopefully it will enable me to make whatever I’d like to make in the future.” That’s an opportunity you want. It’s chess, really. Sometimes this one move isn’t going to bring you everything you want, but five moves down the line it just may. So, again, it was pros and cons, and the pros won out.
Evans can currently be seen in the Losers. Up next is Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World on August 13th, 2010 and of course Captain America: The First Avenger, coming to a theater near you summer 2011.