Star Profiles: Captain America

Mimi ON Jun 27, 2011 AT 4:09 pm

Chris Evans

The highly anticipated release of Captain America: The First Avenger is looming (29th July) so we thought we’d give you a quick low-down on the background’s of the main cast members.

Now we’ve already researched the leading lady, Hayley Atwell, but what of the boys? Well, here we have the histories of the main man, Chris Evans (aka Captain America), Hugo Weaving (the baddie) and Stanley Tucci (a BATD favourite)…

CHRIS EVANS

Chris Evans was born on 13 June, 1981, and grew up in the suburb Sedbury, Massachusetts.  He began his career by starting out acting in school productions, after which he went to theatre camp, attended Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in NYC, and scored an internship with a casting office while living in Brooklyn.  While working his way up, he befriended several agents who helped him get into his first TV and movie roles, all of which resulted in him eventually landing the lead role in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Evans first appeared in several TV pilots, including The Fugitive, Cherry Falls, The Newcomers, and Boston Public.  His first major feature was Not Another Teen Movie, a spoof on teen comedies where he plays a jock that makes a bet to turn an unpopular girl into the prom queen.  Other films Evans has appeared in are The Perfect Score and Fantastic Four.

Hugo Weaving

HUGO WEAVING

Hugo Weaving plays The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, but you may also recognise him from his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix or Elrond in Lord of the Rings.

Weaving was born in Nigeria on 4th April 1960, but he spent most of his childhood traveling around Great Britain, Nigeria and Australia due to his father’s job in the computer industry.  After studying in Australia for many years, Weaving graduated from the prestigious NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), a school that actors like Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush also attended.

While he has been very successful in film, Weaving still prefers to be on stage, and continues to do work in Australian theatre productions, for which he’s won many awards, including an Australian Film Institute Award (the Australian equivalent of an Academy Award) for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Stanley Tucci

STANLEY TUCCI

Highly recognisable for his roles in The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A and The Lovely Bones, Stanley Tucci is quite the versatile actor (and writer, director, and producer)!

From playing a flamboyant fashion worker to a cold serial killer, his performances never fail to impress – which is sure to be the case when when he plays Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Tucci was born 11 November, 1960 in Peeskill, New York, to Italian parents Stanley Sr. and Joan.  He participated in his school’s theatre productions as well as the football team, and made his Broadway debut in The Queen and the Rebels in 1982.

Tucci has is a reputable writer behind the scenes of his successful on-screen career.  He wrote and starred in the film Big Night with his brother, and it won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.  He has been nominated 3 times for the Golden Globes and has won twice – once for his role in Witchell and once for his supporting role in Conspiracy.

Upcoming films for Tucci include The Hunger Games, a film adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins, and Gambit, which is set to release in 2012.

Watch the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger here…

Click here to read about HAyley Atwell, the leading lady in the film…

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