Jeremy Strong almost punished Steve Rogers in Captain America

In one of the more interesting casting missed opportunities, Succession Actor Jeremy Strong almost played Captain America. Well, okay, just his body would have been used… and it would have been for the puny version of Steve Rogers.

In the earlier days of his budding film career, Jeremy Strong was heavily considered for the role of Steve Rogers’ body in the first act of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. “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.”

It’s a fun, before-they-were-stars story of glimpses of success before fame, but Jeremy Strong ended up turning down the role—perhaps he thought it would conflict with his last name? It would go to a guy named Leander Deeny. Hey, considering most of us haven’t heard of Deeny, and he’s not the star of one of them best tv series, it looks like Jeremy Strong made the right call. (At least Deeny has a page on it Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.)

As it turns out, both Jeremy Strong and Chris Evans grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts. When The Times – who interviewed Strong – pointed this out to Evans, Evans said: “Oh no! It just goes to show 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.” Plan A, it turns out, was to win Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

In the same interview, Jeremy Strong was reminded of his mistakes Cowboys vs. Foreigners audition because he showed up dressed as a cowboy. Hey, could have been worse, right?

Jeremy Strong can currently be seen opposite Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins in Armageddon timelike our own Chris Bumbray gave 9/10.

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