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Captain America Director: ‘Evans Didn’t Audition’

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<i>Captain America</i> Director: ‘Evans Didn’t Audition’

According to The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston, Chris Evans didn’t even have to audition to earn the role of Marvel’s star-spangled icon. Maybe he earned enough comic movie points by appearing in Fantastic Four, The Losers and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World?

Johnson told the Earth’s Mightiest fansite that Evans was always in the running for playing Steve Rogers:

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.

And when he talks about “the role,” he really means two roles:

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.

Are we going to see a CGI-ed skinny Steve based on Evans’ performance? That’s what “the performance will be Chris Evans” sounds like to me… Between this and the CGI Green Lantern news from this weekend, it’s beginning to look like actors don’t really need to get into shape for movies at all anymore.

According to The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston, Chris Evans didn’t even have to audition to earn the role of Marvel’s star-spangled icon. Maybe he earned enough comic movie points by appearing in Fantastic Four, The Losers and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World?<span id="more-745274">

Johnson told the Earth’s Mightiest fansite that Evans was always in the running for playing Steve Rogers:

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.

And when he talks about “the role,” he really means two roles:

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.

Are we going to see a CGI-ed skinny Steve based on Evans’ performance? That’s what “the performance will be Chris Evans” sounds like to me… Between this and the CGI Green Lantern news from this weekend, it’s beginning to look like actors don’t really need to get into shape for movies at all anymore.

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