- Jeremy Strong said he was offered the part of Chris Evans’ weak body double in “Captain America.”
- The “Succession” star was “broke” at the time he was offered the part but ultimately declined.
- “It didn’t feel like what I had to offer was valued,” Strong said of his early acting career in LA.
Jeremy Strong said he was offered the part of Chris Evans’ weak double in the first “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but ultimately turned it down.
The “Succession” star, 43, told The Sunday Times that trying to find work as an actor in Los Angeles, California in 2010 was tough work. So tough, in fact, that he nearly considered playing the body of Steve Rogers, Evans’ character in the Marvel film, prior to his superhero transformation.
At the time, Strong said he was broke and experiencing a “crisis of faith” from going to auditions where other actors who looked like models were turning up.
“They needed someone to play Captain America’s young body, before he turns into a superhero,” he said. “They said they needed a transformational actor and would use CGI to put the actual actor’s face and voice over my own.”
Despite considering the role, he said he ultimately turned it down and decided to go to New York City the next day.
“That’s my story of LA,” Strong said. “It was just never going to happen for me here.”
It also turns out Evans, who knew Strong from their childhood in Massachusetts, had no idea Strong had almost played his body double.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said Strong’s career path was proof of how random success in the entertainment industry could be.
“It just goes to show the industry is so unpredictable,” Evans, 41, said. “But I’m so happy things worked out, because I don’t think there was ever plan B for Jeremy.”
As for who ended up playing Evans’ body double in the first “Captain America,” he said he ended up saying he didn’t even want a body double during an interview with MTV in 2011.
“Something they threw out initially was, they said, ‘We’re going to put your head on a smaller actor’s body.’ I was kind of against that. I didn’t feel like sharing the performance,” Evans said. “I didn’t feel comfortable with someone else doing the body, body is a big piece of the acting puzzle.”
Eventually, Evans said they managed to film it so it was 80% him using VFX technology. “For the most part anytime my character is moving it is me,” he said. “They just shrank me down. If ever I’m sitting or laying down and there is no motion it’s head replacement, they put my head on a skinnier body.”