Jeremy Strong was almost Chris Evans’ ‘Captain America’ body double

Jeremy Strong was almost Captain America — kind of.

The “Succession” star would have played Chris Evans’ body double in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but he turned down the role.

In the first act of the movie, only Evans’ face can be seen as Steve Rogers-Captain America. To show a young Rogers before he got injected with the serum that would turn him into a superhero, the visual effects team put his face on the body of a more lanky actor — which was almost Strong.

Strong shared with the Times UK that he was told about a “top secret” Captain America film and that he wouldn’t play the lead role.

“But 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.”

FILM STILL FOR SUNDAY FEATURES Left to right: Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers and Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.
In the first act of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” only Chris Evans’ face could be seen as Steve Rogers-Captain America — and his character later bulked up.
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Jeremy Strong attends HBO / HBO Max Emmy Nominees Reception at San Vicente Bungalows on September 12, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.
Jeremy Strong would have played Chris Evans’ body double in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but he turned down the role.
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The now-43-year-old actor was “broke” and “needed money” at the time and considered taking the role but ultimately turned it down, which contributed to Strong leaving Hollywood for New York.

“That’s my story of LA. It was just never going to happen for me here. It didn’t feel like what I had to offer was valued,” he shared. “And the next day I went back to New York and did a play about a veteran from Afghanistan in a wheelchair during the blackout of 2003.”

Evans, who was just named People’s 2022 Sexiest Man Alive, said he “gasped” when he found out Strong — with whom he grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts — almost played his scrawny body in the movie. 

FILM STILL CHRIS EVANS IN MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT CAPTAIN AMERICA _ PARAMOUNT PRESS
Chris Evans “gasped” when he found out Jeremy Strong nearly played his scrawny body in “Captain America.”
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“Oh no!” Evans, 41, exclaimed.

“It just goes to show the industry is so unpredictable,” he said. “But I’m so happy things worked out, because I don’t think there was ever Plan B for Jeremy.”

Strong stars as Kendall Roy in the HBO series “Succession,” which will air Season 4 in 2023. He is also starring in the film “Armageddon Time,” which is currently in theaters. 




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