At last weekend’s Comic-Con International, “Torchwood” star John Barrowman attended a special panel for “Torchwood: Children of Earth,” the recent third miniseries in the BBC franchise. Comics Alliance reports that during a Q&A with the audience, the onscreen Captain Jack told the audience that he’d like to play another popular Captain — namely, Steve Rogers.
“You know what I want to play? Captain America,” Barrowman proclaimed to the wildly receptive crowd, before adding that it “so won’t happen.”
Still, Barrowman’s appeal has at least one supporter. An audience member later went to the microphone to tell the actor, “I think you’re the only one who could play Captain America.”
Comics Alliance notes that Barrowman’s chances for the role of Rogers in “The First Avenger: Captain America” aren’t terribly high, but I’m not as convinced. Sure, his odds are as good as anybody’s right now, but the idea that a famous actor needs to fill these iconic roles — Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, for instance — has been effectively shot down with the casting of relative unknown Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Barrowman certainly has the build, charisma and acting chops to play Captain America, and he’s also got enough geek credibility to his name with starring roles on both “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who.” It seems to me that Barrowman’s appeal for Rogers isn’t unlike the petitions for Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern. Even though that fan-favorite casting didn’t work out, there is convincing video evidence that Fillion would’ve nailed the role.
In other words, are there any Barrowman fans out there that can make some good YouTube videos? Now would be the time to get cracking!
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