Chris Evans’ mother said that Evans had to be persuaded to play Captain America in the Marvel films as he twice rejected the offer.
Actor Chris Evans’s mother, Lisa, says in a new profile that he was hesitant to play Steve Rogers / Captain America in the MCU films and that she had to persuade him to do so. Lisa Evans told Esquire that her son was afraid of losing his anonymity.
“His biggest fear is losing his anonymity,” Lisa said. “He said, ‘I have a career now, where I can do what I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. No one wants to talk to me. I can go anywhere. And the idea of losing it is scary to me.”
“I told him, ‘Look, do you want to act throughout your life? If you do this part, you have a chance. You never have to worry about paying rent.”
Evans first played Captain America in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
He resumed his role in two more sequels and four Avengers films before retiring from the role in 2019 Avengers: Endgame. Marvel President Kevin Feige has previously said he was reluctant to cast Evans, as the actor has already played a superhero in one of the unfortunate Fantastic Four films.
Evans had previously told that he had rejected the offer twice. He said, “Getting an offer felt like a temptation to me. The ultimate job offer to a large extent. I have to say I don’t want this stuff. It felt like the right thing to do. You look at the pictures, and you look at the costumes, and it’s cool. But I’d now woken up the day after saying no and felt good, twice.”