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Chris Evans Almost Turned Down The Role Of Captain America Due To Mental Health Issue

Actor Chris Evans says there was a time when he was contemplating about quitting acting, after suffering from a series of horrific anxiety and panic attacks. He further stated that he almost turned down the role of superhero Captain America. The actor recalled that he began experiencing severe anxiety during the Fantastic Four sequel's release. During that time, he missed out getting roles in several prominent films, and then his movie "Sunshine" went unnoticed. The actor said that his struggle with anxiety got bad while shooting for Puncture in 2010. "It was the first time I started having mini panic attacks on set. I really started to think, 'I'm not sure if acting is the right thing for me, I'm not sure if I'm feeling as healthy as I should be feeling'." It was around that time when Marvel approached him for the superhero role. The studio invited him to test for the part of Steve Rogers. The deal on the table was a nine-film deal with a big pay, and a chance to get wider fame. Chris was worried that his anxiety problem might escalate. "My suffering would be my own," Evans said, going on to share that he turned down the opportunity to test several times. He consulted Robert Downey, Jr., who advised him not to make a major decision based on fear. He finally decided to say yes. After a decade later, he can't be gladder about the decision he took. "It was the best decision I've ever made, and I really owe that to Kevin Feige for being persistent and helping me avoid making a giant mistake. To be honest, all the things that I was fearing never really came to fruition.".

27th May 2020 | 02:30 PM (IST)
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