‘I was broke and needed the money’: Succession’s Jeremy Strong reveals he nearly played Captain America’s ‘pre-superhero’ body double – and his pal Chris Evans had no idea
Jeremy Strong has revealed he nearly played Captain America’s ‘pre-superhero’ body double in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.
The Succession actor, 43, told The Sunday Times‘ Culture supplement that he was ‘broke and needed the money’ when approached to take on the role, that would see his face covered with CGI, before ultimately turning it down.
The news came as a shock to his pal Chris Evans, 41, who famously played the muscular hero, saying: ‘It just goes to show the industry is so unpredictable!’.
Almost: Succession’s Jeremy Strong (pictured last month) has revealed he nearly played Captain America’s ‘pre-superhero’ body double in the 2011 film
The character was first introduced to audience’s in as a skinny soldier, before undergoing a body transformation and developing super strength thanks to a scientific experiment.
Jeremy, who plays Kendall Roy in the HBO’s Succession, told the magazine: ‘They said they needed a transformational actor and would use CGI to put the actual actor’s face and voice over my own.
‘I considered it. But 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.
‘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.’
Super hero: The character was first introduced to audience’s as a skinny soldier (left) before undergoing a body transformation and developing super strength (right)
Chris, who grew up with Jeremy, revealed he had no idea his friend had been offered the role, but was glad things worked out for his pal, who has since gone on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in Succession.
The series follows the Roy family, the owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate, who fight amongst themselves for control of the company.
It comes after a first look at the HBO series’ season four has been released, with a teaser trailer confirming there’ll be no shortage of drama when the hit show returns.
Success story: Chris, who grew up with Jeremy, revealed he had no idea his friend had been offered the role, but was glad things worked out for his pal
Production on the series began this summer and while an official release date has yet to be revealed it is expected the show will air next year.
Not much is given away in the brief clip yet it’s clear tension is still brewing within the Roy family as they continue to battle for control over Waystar Royco.
An official synopsis for the upcoming series reads: ‘In the 10-episode season four, the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer.’
Happy ending: Jeremy has since gone on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in Succession (pictured)
‘The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed.’
The synopsis concluded: ‘A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.’
Additional cast members were also confirmed for the new season.
First look: A teaser trailer for Succession season four saw Logan Roy vowing to ‘kill the opposition’ as his toxic family go to war over Waystar Royco