John Krasinski says he never actively sought to explore the action-hero territory and so he was not entirely caught off guard when he lost out on the Captain America role to Chris Evans.
The 38-year-old actor-director remembers finding out that Marvel had chosen Evans for “Captain America: The First Avenger” on his wife Emily Blunt’s birthday eight years ago.
Krasinski says Evans’ quintessential American looks made him the right fit for the role.
“My agent called and said, ‘They’re going to go with Chris Evans’. And I remember I said, ‘Yeah, look at him. He’s Captain America’,” Krasinski told agencies.
The actor, who will next star in CIA drama “Jack Ryan”, says his wife offered to cancel their evening plans but he decided against it.
“I said, ‘It’s Chris Evans. Of course we’re going to dinner’,” he says.
Evans’ career arguably got a new lease after he starred in 2011’s “Captain America” and he went on to play the part in “The Avengers”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and its upcoming 2019 sequel, which is expected to be his last.