After playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, for nearly a decade, it’s no surprise some viewers find it difficult to separate Chris Evans of his Marvel personality. We all know the actor is proud of his job inside the franchise. But of course, there’s sure to be challenges which follow. Cap serves as a role model for younger audiences and is the epitome of perfection. And recently, Evans confessed he put pressure on himself to satisfy the”impossibly high” standards set by Captain America.
Chris Evans discusses how it felt when he began playing Captain America.
On June 25, Evans spoke with Ant Man’s Paul Rudd on Variety’s Celebrities on Actors Collection. In 2011, Evans opened about Steve Rogers and playing Captain America back In the middle of the conversation. He described the experience as”intimidating and overwhelming” initially, as audiences needed expectations of the beloved and established Marvel personality. But the actor knew he’d be just fine.
“They make you feel so comfortable. It seems like such a group effort,” Evans said of working with Marvel. “You know that every decision is going to be vetted over endlessly, and it is a true landscape of competing thoughts, and the best idea wins. And that’s the way they end up with so many good pictures. So very quickly, you put off your fear and recline a bit and recognize you are in great hands.”
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Meanwhile, Evans recognized that his influence on kids who look up to Cap now that social networking allows a deeper connection between celebrities and fans. He explained:
We are living in a time that is substantially different now. Back when I was young, the actress was far away. Actors were available. You have this other channel where you can offer just a bit more of who you have, which is a tricky tightrope to walk. But it is nice to be able to talk about a small bit extra, trying to create this nexus between the work you do and the effect you may want to have on kids, and especially playing a character that I respect so much.
Evans later added, “It is great to interact with kids, especially when they walk away feeling something that the character put in their head already.”
Chris Evans opens about the strain of playing Captain America and Steve Rogers.
Some pitfalls have this, although Evans embraces fans who relate to his Marvel character. Still speaking on Variety’s Celebrities on Celebrities series, Evans answered if he felt any pressure to depict Captain America and Steve Rogers aka the”perfect individual,” based on Rudd.
“It’s likely not pressure put on by the entire world,’ Evans said. “You know, when you devote a great deal of time together with the character and when you attempt to find your parallels with it, you wind up more often than not falling short of a character such as Steve Rogers.”
He continued, “The pub is set impossibly high. So in a very personal, intimate manner, you sort of feel a tiny bit like a pebble in your shoe that you might do more. You might be trying harder.”
Evans also shared it was hard not to take in individual pieces of Cap after playing him for so long.
“If the story in your head for ten years has been trying to believe how this character would presume, it is difficult not to consume at least a small bit of it, and like I said, end up feeling bad about yourself,” Evans stated. “But I would not say I feel tension from the exterior. I would say you put pressure on yourself.”