Every comic book nerd would love to be a superhero, but what is it actually like playing one in a successful movie franchise? After so many times portraying the same role, surely the fun of squeezing into a colourful outfit every day goes out the window, right? Well, not for Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
While attending Ace Comic Con this weekend, the longtime Avengers star was asked what it was like to play Captain America. Has he grown tired of suiting up as the hero at this point? Not at all, it seems and in fact, he still thinks of the role as “a blessing.”
“No, it’s wonderful. It’s so nice. Sometimes I’ve played not so savory characters in the past and it’s, you know, you got to be in a really nasty headspace and you can’t help but take some of that home with you and it can feel like a little bit of a storm cloud.”
“But playing Cap, it’s such a nice energy to try to encompass every day. You can’t help but try and compare it to your own life and find kind of analogous circumstances where you can live up to the person you try to portray each day. No, its a blessing. I love it.”
His co-star, Anthony Mackie (who plays Sam Wilson AKA Falcon), then took the opportunity to tease Evans about the actor thinking he’s actually Captain America at this point after playing him for so long, which Evans clarified by saying:
“I would say I walk around kind of comparing myself. Like, ‘What would buy? Don’t get the ice cream, get the broccoli.'”
This is certainly nice to hear, as Evans has been very candid in the past about how he was unsure about taking on the role. In fact, when the actor first signed up for Cap, he feared the idea of playing the part across six films, even going so far as to hope that The First Avenger flopped so he wouldn’t have to continue his contract. Seven films and a few cameos later, though, and it appears that he’s not regretting his career choice one bit.
Evans returns as the newly-bearded Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War, arriving May 4th, while Avengers 4 follows a year later on May 3rd, 2019.