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Captain America star Chris Evans is well-accustomed to the comic book movie scene by now, having starred in adaptations of Fantastic Four and The Losers, among other projects. But when it comes to slinging shields and knocking Nazis out with a well-placed blow to the jaw, Evans isn’t looking at any of his past work for inspiration — he’s looking at an old friend as a role model.
Speaking with Wizard Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Evans weighed in on Cap’s qualities as a superhero: “As far as the physicality goes, that comes from the serum, and I think special effects will help me carry the load. As far as who he is as a man, the reason he’s chosen for this experiment is because he has a pure heart. It’s the morality, the nobility. He’s a real redeeming character to play, it’s exciting to think of playing him. I actually have a friend of mine who I’m modeling the character after. This guy is actually an Eagle Scout, he’s one of those guys who stayed in the Boy Scouts all the way until he was 18. He’s just a good human being. He does the right things, he’s open, he’s honest, he’s sincere, he’s selfless. It’s something that I think everyone aspires to. A lot of time I play characters who don’t have any redeeming quality.”
Evans also acknowledged that some fans are skeptical of his qualifications for playing Steve Rogers in Captain America and The Avengers, saying: “I can understand if fans are wondering. That’s okay. I’m obviously taking their concerns to consideration, but I can’t get too swept into it, otherwise I’ll start beating myself up and losing my confidence.”
This isn’t the first time that Evans has expressed some doubt when it comes to Captain America, but the actor also explained why he ultimately pursued the role: “When I was deciding whether or not to jump on board on Captain America, that certainly came into consideration: well if I do Captain America, in a few months, I’m going to get to work with [Robert] Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson and all these amazing actors. That’s a dream. But I’m trying not to get ahead of myself.”