Chris Evans Says He Was Suffering 'Mini Panic Attacks' Before Accepting Captain America Role

Evans admitted that he turned down several opportunities to test for the part, even after Marvel upped his salary and only required him to star in six movies instead of nine.

But Marvel didn't give up — instead, they offered Evans the role outright without any testing.

After consulting with his therapist, friends and family, and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. — who shared the same agent as Evans — the Boston native decided to say yes to Captain America.

"It was the best decision I've ever made, and I really owe that to [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige for being persistent and helping me avoid making a giant mistake," Evans said, adding, "To be honest, all the things that I was fearing never really came to fruition."

The actor went on to say that he "fell in love with Steve Rogers pretty quick," and was able to confide in others on set about his fears.

"It was nice having Chris Hemsworth around because he was going through it, too. I mean, at the time Downey's Downey and Scarlett's Scarlett [Johansson]. And [Mark] Ruffalo and [Jeremy] Renner, at the time, were crushing it, too," he said.

"Hemsworth and I were very new and we also had the stand-alones … so I think we shared in our anxiety, and at least that made it a little bit more comforting," he recalled.

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