Leander Who, you ask?
That’d be the skinny Shakespearean actor who provided Chris Evans’ presuperhero body in the opening act of last month’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
If you’re one of the five people in the western hemisphere who haven’t seen the movie yet, skip ahead, or, better yet, go read the original Jack Kirby “Cap” comics of the 1940s, which have lost none of their immediacy and power with the passage of time.
But if you’re in the know, then you know that the beefy Evans’ head was CGI’d onto a far skinnier body, all the better to portray patriotic 98-pound-weakling Steve Rogers’ transformation into the unstoppable Captain America.
With just a pair of film credits to his name, Deeny is far from a moviestar. Nonetheless, movie news website TheWrap details what it was like for the Englishman to be half a superhero.
Here’s the germane part of the story:
“Leander is the unsung hero of this,” Edson Williams, visual effects [artist], told TheWrap. “He was very dedicated and he was very aware of mimicking Chris’ timing. He wasn’t trying to get his performance out there. It’s his biggest credit and it’s a role where you never see his face.”
Read the full story here.