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The Transformation of Chris Evans into Skinny Steve for Captain America

Here’s how Marvel Studios changed Chris Evans into a skinny Steve Rogers for Captain America: The First Avenger. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, actors must be in great shape to play heroes. Evans was up to the challenge of looking and moving like a superhero while he played Captain America. Captain America: The First Avenger, which came out in 2011, was the first time people saw Evans as a superhero.

How did they make Steve Rogers look so small, in any case? Evans deserves much credit for how well he played Captain America, but Captain America’s skinny body double was just as crucial to how Marvel’s Captain America changed. Steve Rogers’ look before he took the serum was significant for showing how Captain America looked before and after he took the Super Soldier Serum. This was the last step in Steve Rogers’ journey to become the first super soldier in the MCU.

Chris Evans into Skinny Steve for Captain America

In the MCU, the Captain America exhibit says that Steve Rogers was 5-foot-4 and 95 pounds before he took the serum. But Steve has always had the kind of heart and morals that made him the natural choice to become Captain America. Once Dr. Abraham Erskine’s (Stanley Tucci) Super Soldier Serum entered his bloodstream, Steve became 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds of pure muscle, showing Evans’ real body.

But because of the magic of movies, Evans could also play a skinny Steve Rogers. This wouldn’t have been possible without Leander Deeny, who played Captain America’s skinny body double in Captain America: The First Avenger. Leander Deeny, Chris Evans, and Lola Visual Effects worked together to set the stage for Captain America’s huge impact on the MCU. Captain America’s character arc took almost a decade and helped shape the first three phases of the MCU. So, how did they make Captain America look so big?

How Marvel Built Skinny Steve Rogers’ Complex CGI

Marvel Studios used a complicated process to turn Evans into Steve Rogers before he became Captain America. They hired Lola Visual Effects to make the change happen. For the shortened version of the work, Evans had to be digitally shrunk, Leander Deeny had to be used as a body double, and Evans’ performance had to be grafted on top of Deeny’s. To do this, scenes with skinny Steve Rogers had to be filmed in three different ways. Thin Captain America would go on to inspire more stories about Steve Rogers’ bravery in the future. This is because director Joe Johnston and cinematographer Shelly Johnson put a lot of time and effort into making these early scenes.

At first, the director and cinematographer only filmed Evans acting out the scene for Marvel’s Captain America. Then, they had Deeny shoot the exact location and try to act and move like Evans as much as he could. The crew then took a clean plate shot of the stage, just the background, without any actors. Once all the different versions of each scene were done, it was up to Lola Visual Effects to put them all together to make the final look of skinny Steve Rogers.


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