It is too common to confuse an actor with his most famous role. Especially if they’ve been playing this role for almost a decade, on multiple films, in the biggest movie franchise of all time. But it’s easy to see Chris Evans as a version of Captain America IRL, thanks to his outrageous stardom, his commitment to charity, and his constant appeal to Trump on Twitter.
But like everyone on this planet, Chris Evans is struggling with anxiety. Former Steve Rogers opened up in a new interview on the Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter podcast, where he discussed managing severe anxiety during filming. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.
Evans said from experience, “It was the first time I started having mini panic attacks on set … I really started to think,” I don’t know if that [acting] is the right thing for me, i don’t know if i feel as healthy as i should. “” Evans was so worried that years later when Marvel wanted to bring him in Captain America, he refused them.
“My suffering would be mine,” said Evans, intimidated by the engagement of nine feature films and a much larger exhibition. Marvel was persistent, ultimately offering Evans the outright role. Fortunately, Evans had a heart to heart with Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr. (both sharing an agent and a therapist) and was ultimately convinced to play the part.
“It was the best decision I ever made, and I really owe it to [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige for his persistence and for helping me avoid making a giant mistake … To be honest, all the things I feared never really worked out. “
Evans also talked about bonding with Chris Hemsworth, as two lesser-known actors from the main six Avengers. “It was nice to have Chris Hemsworth around because he was going through it too. I mean, back in the days of Downey’s Downey and Scarlett’s Scarlett [Johansson]. And [Mark] Ruffalo and [Jeremy] Renner at the time also crushed him. Hemsworth and I were very new and we also had stand-alone so I think we shared our anxiety, and at least it made it a little bit more comforting. “
Even though more people (especially during the pandemic) speak openly about mental health, there is still a stigma around the problem for men. It is refreshing to see someone of Evans’ fame and stature speak frankly about his difficulties, and I hope his words will encourage more people to ask for help.
(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Marvel)
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