How 'Captain America: First Avenger' Helped Chris Evans Become a Better Person

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Mega-buff actor Chris Evans is set to ignite his star power this week when his new film, "Captain America: First Avenger" hits theaters. The actor's character in the film -- Steve Rogers -- transforms from a wimpy little orphan into a stacked superhero, thanks to a special government serum.

Life imitates art when it comes to Evans and "Captain America" -- the 30-year-old grew a lot during filming, thanks to some soul-searching and personal improvement.

What did he do?

He Faced His Fears

You know how people always tell you to face your fears head-on? That's what the actor decided to do after initially turning down the role in "Captain America."

"...I was just scared of it for a lot of reasons. And then, all of a sudden, it did like a 180," Evans said recently. "I think you regret the things you don't do more than the things you do, especially if you don't do it out of fear. So I did it because I was scared of it."

He Accepted the Challenge

Evans starred with Jessica Alba and other stars in the critically-panned "Fantastic Four" series. He now admits that the films weren't good, but that his career didn't suffer because he shared the billing with other big-named stars.

"Let's be real, the 'Fantastic Four' movies weren't that good. And I came out clean because there were four of us (Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd) We shared the load so it wasn't just me. "

This time, it's different: the success of "Captain America" is all on him.

He Sought Professional Help

The self-proclaimed shy actor is pretty much everywhere these days, thanks to the film. However, he feels a little more than self-conscious about it.

"I went to the gym yesterday, at Bally's, and it was different, just different. You're signing things. You're like, man, I guess I knew this was going to happen -- ." He said. "In three months, I'll be able to go back to Bally's and no one will bother me. One day at a time. That's the mantra."

Evans even admitted he went to therapy to deal with his issues about the press and constant scrutiny.

"Maybe it's different for girls, but I don't talk about this (stuff) with my buddies. I don't keep a journal," he said.

In the end, it worked out because the film forced him to view his shortcomings. "Had I not done 'Captain America,' I probably wouldn't have made the first step to go help myself."

He Went Back to His Support System

Evans recently revealed that he moved back to his beloved hometown of Boston because he couldn't stand the constant industry chatter in Los Angeles. He felt like he could never escape work '" and like everyone knows, it's important to get down time from your career.

"My buddies hate my movies. They think I'm the worst actor on the planet," Evans said with a laugh. "I'm very quickly reminded of who I was and who I am. It's a much healthier environment for me."

Will it all pay off? We'll see when "Captain America: First Avenger" reaches theaters.

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