Chris Evans Persuaded to Take on ‘Captain America’ by His Mother
In a new magazine interview, the Marvel Universe actor’s mother, Lisa, admits that her son was hesitant to seize the casting opportunity since his ‘biggest fear was losing his anonymity.’
AceShowbiz –Chris Evans has his mum to thanks for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.
The actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times,” and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was “scared” of being a part of a massive film franchise.
Now it has been revealed that it was the actor’s mum, Lisa, who convince him to seize the career-making opportunity.
She tells Esquire magazine that Chris feared the pressures of fame.
“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” she explains. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.’ “
She adds, “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity. You’ll never have to worry about paying the rent. If you take the part, you just have to decide, ‘It’s not going to affect my life negatively – it will enable it.’ “
Evans, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in 2005’s “Fantastic Four” and its 2007 sequel, took his mother’s advice and has now played Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America) in 10 Marvel movies.
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