EXCLUSIVE: Emily Blunt On Turning Down ‘Captain America’

Marvel can’t get enough of Emily Blunt. After a scheduling conflict kept the 27-year-old actress from trying on Black Widow’s skin-tight garb in “Iron Man 2,” the Marvel folks approached her again with an offer to star as leading lady Peggy Carter in “The First Avenger: Captain America.”

Blunt reportedly passed on the chance to star alongside Chris Evans in that film, and now she exclusively tells MTV News why.

“I’m a big supporter of [director] Joe Johnston and I think that ’Captain America’ is going to be really fun and I gather that the story is really interesting,” she said. “It just wasn’t what I wanted to do next, to be honest.”

She’d already worked with Johnston on “The Wolfman” and her fiancĂ©, John Krasinski, was at one point said to be the leading candidate to play Captain American himself. But Blunt told us that, in addition to wanting to shoot a comedy as her next project, she was wary of what committing to the franchise would mean. Between the numerous potential installments of “Captain America,” there’s also the distinct possibility that Carter would show up in the “Avenger” franchise as well.

For an actress who thrives on mixing indie flicks (“Sunshine Cleaning”) with studio pics (“Gulliver’s Travels”), the Carter role simply had too many downsides for Blunt.

“There’s definitely a high commitment level and I’m not someone who likes to plan too much ahead,” she said. “That would also be an issue for me as well.”

While Blunt has previously told us she’s dying to make a “movie where I kick ass,” the “Captain America” no-go now marks the second comic franchise she’s passed up. Is a comic book movie just not in the cards for her?

“I don’t know,” Blunt said. “Who’s to say? I don’t tend to be fatalistic about these things. I think for me the job always has to be the right thing at the right time. Neither of them happened to be that.”

And while the actress admitted that she and Krasinski “talk about every role that we’re going up for,” the pair didn’t do any rehearsal around the house.

“We don’t have Captain America suits lying around, if you can believe that,” she laughed. “We just don’t. I know that’s weird, but we don’t.”

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