Actor Chris Evans made a name for himself playing Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers movies, but the actor almost passed on the iconic role. Appearing on Monday’s edition of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', Evans revealed he was scared to sign on for the role initially, as it was such a big commitment.

Chris EvansChris Evans nearly turned down the chance to play Captain America.

“I was scared cause at first it was a nine-picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of social anxiety with this industry,” Evans told Kimmel. “Doing movies one at a time, if all of a sudden you decide you don’t want to do them anymore, you’re afforded the opportunity to take a step back and recalibrate.”

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“When you have a giant contract, if all of a sudden you’re not responding well, too bad, you gotta suit up again. That was scary.” Evans revealed that he had turned down the role a few times, but it kept coming back his way. “I talked to a few people in my life, family and friends,” Evans continued.

“It just started to kind of make sense that I was saying no out of fear really. You can’t be doing something because you’re scared. So it ended up kind of clicking to me in the way of looking at it as ‘whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.’”

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Evans will next suit up as the patriotic hero in Captain America: Civil War, which hits UK theatres on April 29th and US theatres on May 6th. Watch the first look trailer for Captain America: Civil War below: