Robert Downey Jr. shares why he recruited Chris Evans to play Captain America

Robert Downey Jr and Chris EvansNot sure about you, but I couldn’t imagine anyone but Chris Evans playing Captain America at this point and the guy we have to thank partly for that (as we do a great number of things in this awesome Avengers franchise) is Robert Downey Jr.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Downey shared how he helped convince Evans to take the role of the Avengers’ leader.

There was so much riding on (playing the part of) what essentially could be considered the squarest superhero in history. It was probably the most risky of the franchises we launched. I say “we,” like I’m a company man, which I like to think I am. Robert Downey Jr. with Iron Man fansBy the way, I’m a fan of his. I’m not kidding. I’m having 50 kids over and I’m screening “Captain America 2” on my birthday, which happens to be the day it opens. I haven’t seen it. That’s one of the perks of being on the inside track at Marvel. I hope it’s not watermarked too heavily.

When asked about how much longer he’ll be suiting up in Iron Man’s armor, Downey had this perfectly endearing response:

The smart money is you have to look at everybody’s age. I’ll put myself at the top of the list. Sooner or later, they’ve got to start over and get somebody young. I’m not there with them yet. It really is the closest thing to being a beloved contract player with a big old-timey studio that there is right now. Chris Evans with Captain America fan

When you really think about it at the end of the day, these films are entertainment largely driven by young folks. There is something very honorable about that. I run into kids wearing “Captain America” masks. My kid believes that Captain America is real.

And on the much-anticipated “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Downey said we could expect some big things, including a bigger role for one bowman.

This one is a very ambitious sequel. If you read it, it’s dense, it’s smart. Joss (Whedon) is a really smart guy. My 2-year-old is crazy about Hawkeye, and I think Jeremy (Renner) has a lot to do with the plot. There’s always so many plates to spin to get these things half-right, and I’m really excited about this one.