Jeremy Strong was offered the role of Steve Rogers’ body in Captain America

In the 2011s Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans transformed from a skinny soldier to a super strong super soldier. However, Evans had no idea that another actor and friend was first offered the chance to play Steve Rogers’ gaunt body.

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In the film, Evans’ head was placed on top of the body of a much smaller actor, making him appear weaker before his transformation. According to actor Jeremy Strong, he was originally given the chance to play the role of Steve Rogers’ small body, and he almost took the role because of how “squishy” he was.

“They told me there was a top secret film about Captain America“, Strong said in an interview with The Times UK. “They needed someone to play Captain America’s young body before he becomes a superhero. They said they needed a transforming actor and wanted to use CGI to put the actual actor’s face and voice over my own.”

As it turns out, Evans – who actually grew up with Strong in Sudbury, Massachusetts – had no idea his friend was offered the role, and said a story like this is just proof of how “unpredictable” the industry is .

“Oh no!” Evans said. “It just goes to show that the business is so unpredictable. But I’m so glad things worked out because I don’t think there was ever a plan B for Jeremy.”

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Fortunately for Strong, he would go on to find his own success without playing random bodies, like his role as Kendall Roy on HBO’s Succession has earned him massive praise, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award in 2020 and a Golden Globe Award in 2022.

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