MCU star Chris Evans literally did some ‘begging’ for his role in this non-Marvel movie

Although Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Evans allegedly made his last appearance as Captain America in the 2019 box office hit Avengers: Endgamme, fans still hope that he will eventually change his mind.

Now landing producing projects and characters outside of the superhero genre, Evans admitted he did a bit of a fight for a role in this movie.

Chris Evans attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Knives Out'
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The ‘Avengers’ star hits the small screen

Taking on a double role as executive producer and star of the Apple TV + drama Defending Jacob, Evans wanted to take the next step in his career by working behind the camera.

“[Producing] It almost feels like a natural step in the progression of a film career, “Evans told the Hollywood Reporter.” If you have a chance to do that, take it. Obviously I didn’t produce from scratch. It was a project that came to me. “

Based on William Landay’s 2012 novel, Defending Jacob focuses on a father (played by Evans) who deals with his 14-year-old son accused of murder.

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Evans is confident that the compelling story will challenge viewers on their own beliefs of justice and family loyalty. “We hope it’s the kind of thing that forces you to digest and process what you just experienced hours after watching it,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I hope the viewer [is] I keep thinking about it. “

Chris Evans on the resumption of the role of ‘Captain America’

While anything is possible in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Evans seems to have left the role of Captain America behind. Although he shrouds a bit when pressured to consider a comeback, the actor seems focused on new projects.

“It’s not a difficult no, but it’s not an anxious yes either,” Evans told co-star Scarlett Johansson in 2019, according to Variety. “There are other things I’m working on right now … I think they did a good job of allowing her to complete her journey.” If you are going to visit it again, it cannot be a cash shot. It can’t be just because the public wants to be excited. … A lot of things would have to come together. “

Revealing that he was initially hesitant to join the franchise, Evans now wants to preserve the successful portrayal of the character.

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“I protect him a lot,” Evans shared. “It was such a precious time, and jumping into the movie was a terrifying prospect for me. I said no many times, and there are a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost seems like maybe we should just let this sit down. “

From Marvel to the murder mystery

One of the startups Evans took on included the 2019 Rian Johnson movie Knives out. With stars like Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, and Jamie Lee Curtis, the character also portrayed Evans in a very different role from the beloved and highly moral Steve Rogers.

Playing the arrogant and devilish Hugh Ransom Drysdale, Evans played the grandson of the murdered mystery writer Harlan Thrombey. Manipulative and calculating to organize events as he wants them to go, Hugh is the character viewers love to hate thanks to Evans’ performance. The Marvel star knew immediately that he wanted the role and didn’t let pride get in the way of asking Johnson.

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“I don’t even think I’ll let him talk,” Evans confessed, according to CinemaBlend. “I think I was chattering all the time about what I wanted to do with the role and what I thought I could contribute and, basically, please kick me out. It was just kind of me just throwing it, begging him. ”

Apparently Evans is good at crawling. Johnson portrayed him as Hugh and the film was a box office success, grossing more than $ 300 million worldwide as of February.