Playing Captain America ‘Wasn’t An Easy Yes,’ Says Chris Evans

Back in March, Chris Evans won the title role in director Joe Johnston’s “The First Avenger: Captain America,” beating out a wide list of candidates including Garrett Hedlund, Wilson Bethel, Mike Vogel, Channing Tatum, and John Krasinski.

Although Evans has previously admitted his trepidation about playing Steve Rogers; when asked about it at the San Diego Comic-Con, Evans elaborated upon the reason for his initial reluctance.

“It wasn’t an easy yes. I was nervous,” confessed Evans. “I get nervous in things like this and Captain America just means a lot of this. I was in a really happy place in my life; kind of in a happy medium place in my career and Captain America just changes things and there’s no ’off’ switch once you walk down that road.”

“There was nothing wrong with the project,” continued Evans. “I love the people involved, the characters, the script, Hugo [Weaving]. There was nothing wrong there. It was just about the lifestyle change and whether or not I was willing to do it. But there’s no turning back now. I’m just trying to make all the negatives [into] positives and just enjoy the ride.”

In addition to Evans, “Captain America” features Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull.

The First Avenger: Captain America” is currently filming in London and will invade movie theaters on July 22, 2011.

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