So Comingsoon is currently floating this rumor that John Barrowman, star of the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, was just asked at Comic Con if it was true that he was currently up for the role in Marvel’s mega movie, “The First Avenger: Captain America”, playing, of course, Captain America. Barrowman (who is Scottish, but has a flawless American accent) said that Cap was one of his favorite comic book characters, and that he would love to play him. And in fact, he admitted that he had talked to his people about landing the role.
Here’s the article from Comingsoon:
John Barrowman, the star of “Torchwood,” was just asked moments ago at the San Diego Comic-Con panel if there was any possibility that he would be playing Captain America in the upcoming feature film.
He smiled and gave the stock answer that he’d love to play the character and that Captain America has always been his favorite comic book superhero. Clearly, though, the notion did not take him by surprise and he ended up admitting there had been discussions with his agents and meetings on that very issue.
All fine and well, and I actually think Barrowman, with blonde hair, would be a DEAD RINGER for Steve Rogers, but it will never happen. Why, you ask? Because as fine an actor as he is, and as great as he would probably be in the role, John Barrowman is also an openly gay actor.
Now think about the headache Marvel Studios would have trying to explain to the American public that an openly gay actor was playing one of the biggest icon of American fiction. Sure, Hollywood would probably love to do it, if just to piss off Ma and Pa Middle America, but Marvel Studios can’t afford the hoopla. Not with the budget they have in mind for this thing, and not to mention the “Avengers” movie. That’s TWO movies they have to explain!
Although as a fan of Barrowman (especially his work on Doctor Who — who doesn’t think Captain Jack rocks the crap out of sci-fi?) I would love to see him as Captain America. Alas, business will dictate that he doesn’t get the role, or even be considered for it. Which is a shame, as you’d like to think America in 2008 (or 2010, when the movie is scheduled to be release) could look past someone’s sexuality and just see talent, but then you’d be living in fantasy land. Either that, or you’re making your living in Hollywood.