John Barrowman as Captain America? Never Gonna Happen.

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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.

John Barrowman as Captain America?

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  • Mag

    Strike,
    Nationality of the actor does not matter. Should we start only having Germans play German? Australian play Australian? No of course not, that is why your first point is ridiculous, not to mention that plenty of Gay men play straight and have girlfriends in Movies and TV. Yours is just bigotry under a different guise.
    As to your second point you obviously have not seen Doctor Who. Not to mention it is THE longest running Sci Fi series in history.
    Freedom of speech went the way of the dinosaur in the US a long time ago. You don’t have balls, your just an uneducated idiot.
    Yours should be disregarded…

  • Mag

    Strike,
    Nationality of the actor does not matter. Should we start only having Germans play German? Australian play Australian? No of course not, that is why your first point is ridiculous, not to mention that plenty of Gay men play straight and have girlfriends in Movies and TV. Yours is just bigotry under a different guise.
    As to your second point you obviously have not seen Doctor Who. Not to mention it is THE longest running Sci Fi series in history.
    Freedom of speech went the way of the dinosaur in the US a long time ago. You don’t have balls, your just an uneducated idiot.
    Yours should be disregarded…

  • Jason

    I think he’s well suited for the role, and in this day and age, sexual orientation shouldn’t matter. And despite the fact that he was born in Scotland, he was raised in Illinois from 1976 – 1990, which is why he’s so good at sounding American, he lived most of his childhood here.

    Is that any worse than, say, hiring a Brit to play a Frenchman, or an American to play a Russian?

    C’mon people, hollywood is hollywood for a reason, and just about everything we watch has someone it it pretending to be a kind of person they’re not.

    Try these two: Hugh Laurie, who stars in House, is British, but he turns his accent off for the show.

    Also the actor who plays Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica (I forget his name at the moment) on Sci-Fi, he’s also British, but dismisses his accent very easily.

  • Jason

    I think he’s well suited for the role, and in this day and age, sexual orientation shouldn’t matter. And despite the fact that he was born in Scotland, he was raised in Illinois from 1976 – 1990, which is why he’s so good at sounding American, he lived most of his childhood here.

    Is that any worse than, say, hiring a Brit to play a Frenchman, or an American to play a Russian?

    C’mon people, hollywood is hollywood for a reason, and just about everything we watch has someone it it pretending to be a kind of person they’re not.

    Try these two: Hugh Laurie, who stars in House, is British, but he turns his accent off for the show.

    Also the actor who plays Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica (I forget his name at the moment) on Sci-Fi, he’s also British, but dismisses his accent very easily.

  • Mecurial Georgia

    On the other hand, Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), played gay lovers together in Wonder Boys, they were in bed together, barely covered, and unlike Brokeback Mountain, has a happy ending(!).

    I’m hearten to see that no actor has been casted yet. The release date is at least two years away, they might still have a year left. The US election in November might must turn the tide. 2011 is a whole new decade…and if Hollywood is still a heartless machine, they could at least realise that women pay to see pretty men. Corporate Boy Bands are finally making out the way they wouldn’t have a decade ago, so…

  • Mecurial Georgia

    On the other hand, Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), played gay lovers together in Wonder Boys, they were in bed together, barely covered, and unlike Brokeback Mountain, has a happy ending(!).

    I’m hearten to see that no actor has been casted yet. The release date is at least two years away, they might still have a year left. The US election in November might must turn the tide. 2011 is a whole new decade…and if Hollywood is still a heartless machine, they could at least realise that women pay to see pretty men. Corporate Boy Bands are finally making out the way they wouldn’t have a decade ago, so…

  • Kris

    Georgia has a lovely point. *points to self* Female, straight, and would LOVE to see Barrowman in this role! Pretty doesn’t even come close to describing him. However, as a fan, I have seen that he can also get down and do the gritty stuff too! He’d be an amazing Capt. America and we’ll be lucky if after reading crap like Steve puts out there, He wants to do the roll. And Wicked, how many 9 year olds do you know wank to comic books?? Really? “He found him hot or something”?? I’m not ragging on you, I just found that line particularly funny, but it is 1 in the morning here….

  • Kris

    Georgia has a lovely point. *points to self* Female, straight, and would LOVE to see Barrowman in this role! Pretty doesn’t even come close to describing him. However, as a fan, I have seen that he can also get down and do the gritty stuff too! He’d be an amazing Capt. America and we’ll be lucky if after reading crap like Steve puts out there, He wants to do the roll. And Wicked, how many 9 year olds do you know wank to comic books?? Really? “He found him hot or something”?? I’m not ragging on you, I just found that line particularly funny, but it is 1 in the morning here….

  • WickedFabala

    I dont know! i didn’t say he “wanks to a comic book”! Hell I think Roy Mustang is hot! (from full metal alchemist)

  • WickedFabala

    I dont know! i didn’t say he “wanks to a comic book”! Hell I think Roy Mustang is hot! (from full metal alchemist)