This is how they made Chris Evans skinny in Captain America

One of the more amazing things about Captain America: The First Avenger is “Skinny Steve,” the ultra tiny version of Steve Rogers in the film. I’ve even heard some people think that was a totally different actor.

In fact, that was almost the case. At first, director Joe Johnston wanted to hire a body double to impose the face of Chris Evans onto. This technique was used by David Fincher in both The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Brad Pitt aging backwards and for the Winklevoss Twins in The Social Network.

Unfortunately, the actor that was hired couldn’t replicate the movements of Evans. Johnston said:

“Chris moves in such a unique way; he doesn’t move like anybody else. The body double could not move like him. As hard as he tried to watch Chris and duplicate the movements, it just wasn’t the same.”

Evans was actually happy that there would be no other actor helping create Steve Rogers.

“The beginning part of the movie is so crucial to get the audience invested in who Steve is, I didn’t want to share that part of the performance with another actor. I talked to Joe about it and thankfully, he agreed.”

So what do you do? You digitally chip away at Evans until you make Steve Rogers skinny. Johnston said they took over 250 shots of Evans and used digital technology to “shrink” him down.

They shrunk his skeleton, took out some of his jaw line and even made his shoulders less broad. The problem is once they shrunk Evans there was a lot of missing scenery behind him. They had to use a lot of green screens in shots so they could superimpose the imagery and make it look real.

Of course, this is a very detailed and crazy process. Johnston details it:

“It was a very arduous process. It took all of pre-production and most of production to do all 250 shots.”

Well holy crap. That’s a lot of work into making Skinny Steve look good. It looks great though, hopefully the movie is as great. Just remember to tell your friends how they made Evans so goddamn skinny. [Yahoo Movies]


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27 Responses to “This is how they made Chris Evans skinny in Captain America”

  1. Arco_iris_diez2
    November 5, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Thank you for the information! I could tell they did something but, had no clue how labor intensive it was! Awesome work!!!

  2. Justine
    March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Thanks, just the answer I was looking for, I too thought maybe it was a different person, but wondered why they’d have two “lead actors”. Glad he didn’t have to starve himself or anything.

  3. MissRyudenki
    April 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Awwww, I thought he was cuter when he was small…. *sadface*

  4. Patty51crafts
    September 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Amazing work! I though it was a double with Chris’s face digitally inserted but couldn’t figure out how his face was also sooooo skinny. Great info. Thanks

  5. Fanny
    November 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    That´s what I thought but my questions was How they could do it.. amazing 🙂

  6. Daria
    November 10, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Wow okay finally i know how that worked! I thought about it forever!

  7. SonOfScully
    November 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    This is contradictory to other articles out there. I was curious so i looked it up.

    Although they obviously used cgi effects for the skinny version, theres articles about a ton of

    work that a body actor put in and says they used his body for the shots. Also the film credits

    him as “Bartender/Body Double.” So I dunno, I expect its a little of both but it seem’s the body

    double played a much bigger part than this article says. (article with the company they used for the

    skinny-captain effects in post production:

    • Fanny
      June 21, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      There is no such thing as “theres.” Please male sure to put an apostrophe in next time.

      • Fanny
        June 21, 2016 at 10:13 am #


      • Steve Sharples
        August 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

        Get a life you Grammar Nazi

      • Kennsmith
        December 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

        Interesting you would try and correct someone’s spelling when your original comment is riddled with errors. You used a Greek symbol instead of an apostrophe, you used ‘was’ instead of ‘were’, randomly capitalized the word ‘how’, used an extra period at the end of your sentence, and failed to capitalize the word ‘amazing’. Next time, male sure to not male so many mistakes.


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