By the time Chris Evans had landed the coveted role of Captain America, he was already a household name. If you hadn’t seen his early work Sun Or Pushit’s likely you’re aware of his first foray into Marvel Fantastic Four. Starring in the oft-maligned superhero film The Human Torch, Evans directed two films before the franchise was effectively canceled. But it was his role as Steve Rogers that was a real success. But despite all the time and effort he devoted to the optimistic and fearless leader of the Avengers, it hasn’t been so easy for the Snowdrops actor. He confided in GQ about his doubts regarding fame and acting as a whole despite the time he had spent in the industry up until that point.
“I remember in my late twenties, I felt a real change in the way I felt on set, in promoting films: a little more anxiety, a little more uncertainty . You always end up asking yourself: is this what I should be doing?
It had less to do with whether he doubted the source material – although there are valid criticisms of that – but whether he enjoyed being in the industry at all. Appearing in The Avengers the films brought him a big payday, but it shouldn’t shock anyone to learn that he was less sure of being fulfilled.
“The benefits were that I could take care of my family forever; the downsides were that I would become deeply, deeply unhappy with the fame and loss of control.
Since retiring from the role of Steve Rogers, Evans has had plenty of time to explore roles. At Rian Johnson Knives out, he appears as the opposite of Captain America. His role as the wealthy and entitled Hugh “Ransom” Drysdale is almost shocking to those who only know him as Steve. He also addresses the opioid crisis alongside Emily Blunt in the Netflix film. Pain scammers. The split allowed the actor to spread his wings creatively, but he assures fans he has no regrets about entering the MCU.
“I love playing (Captain America). I feel connected in such a way that when you revisit a character so many times, you can’t help but try to absorb some of their traits and measure yourself against them.
As Robert Downey Jr. likely explained some of Tony Stark’s humorous and associated traits, Evans appears to be a person of good moral character, which is why he has come to question his history in Marvel. So much so that despite his uncertainty over whether he was in the right space to play Captain America, even the Marvel boss noticed.
“I think the world knows he did a spectacular job. And a lot of that was out of his head,” Kevin Feige noted. Certainly, if there was a perfect actor to play Steve Rogers, it was probably Evans. But we don’t blame him for looking for variety either.