Joe Johnston Explains Marvel’s Man Crush on Chris Evans

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With Chris Evans’ casting as Captain America now official, director Joe Johnston is finally able to talk about it, including how he plans on having Evans playing both the skinny weakling Steve Rogers and the bulked up Captain America in “The First Avenger: Captain America”. So apparently no “The Machinist”-type diet for Evans? An easy way around this would be to shoot all the Captain America stuff first, then have Evans go on a diet for the weakling Steve Rogers parts of the film. Just a thought.

Johnson tells Earth’s Mightiest:

Casting Captain America is really casting two roles…Steve Rogers before and after the transformation from 98 pound weakling to perfect physical specimen. I can’t divulge how we’re going to do it, but the performance will be Chris Evans from beginning to end. An actor playing Captain America has to embody that backstory and let it inform his understanding of his new self. One of the interesting aspects of the character is the effect that kind of total transformation would have on the his psyche. It gives the character more dimension and the actor playing him a wider range of interesting choices.

On Chris Evans getting the role without ever having to read a single line of dialogue:

Chris didn’t audition at all. I was already familiar with everything he’d done and was championing his cause, not that I had a fight from the Marvel team. They were fans of his as well. He came in to the art department to say hi, saw all the jaw-dropping art and designs on the wall and reacted the way I’d hoped he would. It was really his wonderful enthusiasm for everything he saw that cinched the deal. We have some of the best designers and illustrators in the industry working for us and the art is just incredible to wander through. He will bring the perfect balance of dramatic performance and physicality to the role.

Ah, it’s good to be Chris Evans.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I'm all for this. I think that Marvel hiring him basically because of his fanboy reaction to the art is awesome. Marvel already knows he's good at embodying his roles.

    As for the weight issue for pre-serum Cap, they could do the “Benjamin Button” route and use a body double and have his head. Other than him in the chamber for prject rebirth, he could just wear clothes that are a bit too big on him.

  • Matt

    He can't divulge how they're going to make a skinny Chris Evans? Uh…Hello, CGI? It's been around since forever. It's no secret.

  • ulik

    Yeah, uh we don't want him to actually almost commit suicide by going down to 98 lbs. Yes “The Benjamin Button” route is the best way to go with this. We need an EPIC theme song for this movie cuz Marvel is really lacking in that department, Iron Man just happened to be lucky to actually have a badass “Black Sabbath” song that works perfectly for it. I mean “TFA, Captain America” has to have a theme song that is very catchy,memorable,and victorious just as good or better than “SuperMan's” theme. They need John Williams for this one.

  • Young Legend

    Im a big fan of Captain America and was excited when I first heard that they are going to be making the movie but when I heard Chris Evans was going to be playing Cap I was not into seeing the movie anymore. He starred in Fantastic Four as The Human Torch why Cap now? How am I going to take him serious when Im going to be thinking of his other role in a Marvel movie? Should of gotten Matt Damon.

  • Young Legend

    Im a big fan of Captain America and was excited when I first heard that they are going to be making the movie but when I heard Chris Evans was going to be playing Cap I was not into seeing the movie anymore. He starred in Fantastic Four as The Human Torch why Cap now? How am I going to take him serious when Im going to be thinking of his other role in a Marvel movie? Should of gotten Matt Damon.

  • Thephoenix516

    I questioned Marvel’s choice of Chris Evans for this role. I never understood it especially since Evans was a “no-brainer” choice for the role of Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four. What happens now if they ever have something like a movie version of the Super Human Registration Act (from The Civil War Series) and need to use both characters? Which characer would he play. My pick for Cap was John Cena. Although I could’ve seen Josh Hartnett (from Peal Harbor) playing Cap as well. @Young Legend, Matt Damon isn’t a bad pick either.