Chris Evans Initially Turned Down Captain America Due To His Social Anxiety

Chris Evans has opened up about why at first he turned down the chance to play ‘Captain America’ in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Evans revealed it was partly to do with the “little bit of social anxiety” he suffers in the movie industry.

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“I was scared,” he said, “because at first it was some nine picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry and doing movies one at a time.”

“If all the sudden you decide you don’t want to do them anymore [one at a time], you’re afforded the opportunity to take a step back and recalibrate. When you have a giant contract, if all the sudden you’re not responding well, too bad, you’ve got to suit up again, and that was scary.”

Evans suits up for the fifth time* in 'Captain America: Civil War’ and is likely to appear in the two 'Avengers: Infinity War’ films coming in 2018 and 2019.

“[The role] kept coming back my way,“ Evans continued. "I said no a few times, and it kept coming back, and I talked to a few people in my life, family, and friends, and it just started to kind of make sense that I was saying no out of fear, really.

"You can’t do anything out of fear. You can’t be doing something because you’re scared, so it ended up kind of clicking to me in the way of looking at it and saying whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.”

Evans appeared on the show to promote 'Civil War’ alongside is big-screen teammates Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky 'Winter Soldier’ Barnes). When the film arrives the characters will also team up with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.

They’ll be taking on Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr, who is set to appear on Kimmel on Wednesday alongside Don Cheadle (War Machine), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Paul Bettany (The Vision).

The two sides will clash over a piece of law that if signed in would require all superheroes to register with the government, but also over The Winter Soldier - a wanted fugitive, but also Captain America’s dearest friend.

'Captain America: Civil War’ will be released on 29 April.

*Sixth time if you count his brief cameo in 'Thor: The Dark World’, which doesn’t count toward his contract.

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Picture Credits: Marvel Studios