If you cast your minds back to the beginning of April during the Captain America casting drama you may remember that Marvel had offered Emily Blunt the role of Peggy Carter in The First Avenger: Captain America. You may also remember that the actress turned the role down, which was apparently due to Blunt having other projects lined up.
Blunt had also been offered the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2 but had to drop out due to filming conflicts with Gulliver’s Travels (20th Century Fox had her under contract to make another movie with them after The Devil Wears Prada). In a recent interview the actress spoke about why Captain America wasn’t for her, and said she still wants to take on a role where she can “kick ass”.
“I’m a big supporter of [director] Joe Johnston and I think that ‘Captain America’ is going to be really fun and I gather that the story is really interesting,” she said. “It just wasn’t what I wanted to do next, to be honest.”
She’d already worked with Johnston on “The Wolfman” and her fiancé, John Krasinski, was at one point said to be the leading candidate to play Captain American himself. But Blunt told us that, in addition to wanting to shoot a comedy as her next project, she was wary of what committing to the franchise would mean. Between the numerous potential installments of “Captain America,” there’s also the distinct possibility that Carter would show up in the “Avenger” franchise as well.
“There’s definitely a high commitment level and I’m not someone who likes to plan too much ahead,” she said. “That would also be an issue for me as well.”
While Blunt has previously told us she’s dying to make a “movie where I kick ass,” the “Captain America” no-go now marks the second comic franchise she’s passed up. Is a comic book movie just not in the cards for her?
“I don’t know,” Blunt said. “Who’s to say? I don’t tend to be fatalistic about these things. I think for me the job always has to be the right thing at the right time. Neither of them happened to be that.”
Blunt is at a stage in her career where she can start to choose what projects she gets involved with. She will be seen later this year in The Adjustment Bureau alongside Matt Damon, and it is probably movies like that which make her not want to play unrewarding roles as superhero girlfriends. I don’t blame her, but I would have liked to have seen her as Black Widow.