Jeremy Strong was almost Chris Evans’ scrawny body double in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Jeremy Strong was almost Chris Evans’ scrawny body double in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

. Although the two actors grew together in Massachusetts, Evans claims he didn’t know Strong was being offered the role.

The actor may be best known for hurling profanities as Kendall Roy in HBO’s Succession, but in a new interview with The Times UK, Strong revealed that he was asked to appear in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Specifically, he was invited to play Chris Evans’ body double — the young, scrawny version of Steve Rogers, before he bulks up and becomes a star-spangled supersoldier.

They needed someone to play Captain America’s young body before he transforms into a supersoldier,” Strong said to The Times . “They stated that they needed a transformational actor, and would use CGI to place the actor’s face and voice above mine. ”

Captain America: The First Avenger, Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong says he was invited to play Chris Evans’ scrawny body double in 2011’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger. ‘

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At the time, Strong says, he was still early in his career, auditioning for big-budget Hollywood projects in Los Angeles. He added, “I was broke.” “I needed money. It was something I thought about. That’s LA. It was never going to happen here. It didn’t feel that what I had to offer was appreciated. “

In a weird twist, Strong actually grew up with Evans, who would go on to play Captain America in more than 10 movies. Both were raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts. They were both active in the local theater scene when they were young. Evans gasped when The Times asked Evans if he knew Strong was running for his body double. Evans replied that he didn’t know.

Evans has spoken before about how much he admired Strong as a kid, and the two even starred together in a young production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Evans was Demetrius, while Bottom was played by Strong. Evans told The Times that he was always amazed at how long it took for Strong to become a major star.

“It just shows that the industry is so unpredictable,” Evans stated. “But I’m so glad things worked out because I don’t believe there was ever a plan B for Jeremy.

Strong, Anne Hathaway, and Anthony Hopkins are currently starring in Armageddon Times, .

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