“Please cast me”: Chris Evans Had to Beg Director to Cast Him in $312M Film After Avengers: Endgame Marked his MCU Retirement

"Please cast me": Chris Evans Had to Beg Director to Cast Him in $312M Film After Avengers: Endgame Marked his MCU Retirement
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Chris Evans, the man that the world came to know as Captain America in the MCU did his fair share of struggling. Although his character came to a concluding arc, the actor revealed that he had to beg for a role after Avengers: Endgame gave Captain America his desired closure.


Talking about the role of Ransom Drysdale in the 2019 hit movie Knives Out, Evans revealed that he kind of begged for the role. Stating his conversation with notable director Rian Johnson, the Ghosted actor talked about how his career changed after departing the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Chris Evans in Knives Out (2019).
Chris Evans in Knives Out (2019).

When Chris Evans Begged For Knives Out

The movie was indeed one of those classic twists that would leave the audiences baffled till the end. Director Rian Johnson redeemed himself with Knives Out after his failure with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and continued to drop a sequel to the 2019 movie with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Chris Evans
Chris Evans as the older Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame

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The actor who did not need redemption was Chris Evans. Having portrayed the role of Captain America in the MCU, Evans had been already well-loved by the audience. The role of Ransom Drysdale was portrayed spectacularly by the actor as he truly appeared like a rich brat chasing money. According to the actor, however, he literally had to beg director Rian Johnson to cast him in this particular role.

“I don’t even think I let him speak. I think I just kind of was babbling the entire time about what I wanted to do with the role and what I thought I could bring and please cast me, basically. It was just kind of me just pitching him, just begging.”

As surprising as it was, Evans did get the role and Rian Johnson had nothing but praise for the actor. Even the director had his reasons for choosing Chris Evans since the antagonistic role was something that Evans had never done before.


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Why Rian Johnson Agreed To Cast Chris Evans In Knives Out

Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig
Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig

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Although some may argue that Chris Evans is not the type of person that could have portrayed the role so brilliantly, that is exactly the reason why Rian Johnson cast him. According to the director, he always looked for actors that went beyond what they were expected of. Rian Johnson also had a bonus point since it was a whodunit movie that played with people’s minds, and who better than the all-sweet Captain America?


“When I’m casting a part, I’m looking for somebody who’s going to surprise me. Somebody who either I haven’t seen them quite do what the part calls for or I would be excited to see them kind of step into the role… that’s always exciting.”

With great reviews and critics’ scores, Knives Out made itself known as a movie to be reckoned with. The 2019 movie was soon followed by a sequel which was as equally as good as the first one. Although it has not been confirmed yet, there are rumors and speculations that a third movie of the Knives Out franchise is in the works. Knives Out is available to stream on tru TV.

Source: Cinema Blend


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.