Captain America from Doctor Who?
Could the next Captain America come from Glasgow, Scotland? No I'm not talking about Gerard Butler! I mean a star of stage and the small screen, of Doctor Who, or rather Torchwood to be more specific.
John Barrowman, born in Glasgow, Scotland, is in the running to play Captain America and is actively in meetings to discuss the role.
John Barrowman has been a big star of the stage for some time, and carries a pretty mean set of vocal chords on him too, but recently he's been more known for his television appearances on first Doctor Who, and then Torchwood as leading character Captain Jack Harkness.
What's great about the character is that he's portrayed as being bisexual, or continually hinted at at least, and the actor himself is very open about his own sexuality.
However that may just prove to be one barrier to the American flag wearing role, and there are others.
First of all I'm really not sure in the current world political climate that a Captain America film would do well with audiences outside of the U.S., oh it might fly in the U.K., but elsewhere? One chance is if they do cast a non-American, but birth anyway.
Barrowman was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but he moved to the U.S. when he was eight, so he could bridge a divide there, but I don't really know how well the film will fly elsewhere in the world, do you?
Then there is the fact that he was born in Scotland that might play against him, wouldn't America want their Captain America to be born and bred there?
Still, Barrowman is in the running, and I think he could he do it. He spoke at Comic-Con recently and OK! Magazine picked up his comments, which sound much more positive than when I heard the rumour before.
“I would love to play Captain America...He's one of my favourite comic book characters and there's nothing better in the world than playing a hero. I'm doing meetings. Watch this space.”
That does sound positive, if he's having meetings then he must at least be being considered. However there are a lot of others in the running, and some of them born and bred American, but does that really make a difference?
Would you be happy with a Scottish born and American bred Captain America, and what of the rest of the world, could they stomach a Captain America right now?