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Joe Russo Reveals Why Chris Evans Was Cast As The Bad Guy In The Gray Man
By CYNTHIA VINNEY
To legions of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, Chris Evans will always be Captain America, and after almost 10 years of embodying the noble supersoldier, it's easy to see why moviegoers aren't quick to let go of the association. However, since leaving the MCU, Evans hasn't been content to rest on his laurels and has been taking on an eclectic grab bag of roles, ever since.
Some have played on his Captain America persona, like the title character in "Lightyear," or the complete opposite of Cap, like the entitled, selfish Ransom Drysdale in "Knives Out." However, on the MCU sets, Chris and the Russo brothers would strike up conversations about what would be next for the actor after “Endgame,” and that lead to his casting as the antagonist in "The Gray Man."
But Joe Russo explained that the idea came from Evans himself: "He said, 'I'm really blessed and fortunate in my career that I'm in a great place now and I want to take risks for the rest of my career.” In fact, Russo noted that working with Evans in the MCU made them acutely aware of the actor's impressive range and thought that this colorful villain " would be a lot of fun for him.