Captain America 3's Martin Freeman Teases The Identity Of His Secret Civil War Character

Thanks to either previous performances or official announcements, we pretty much know the roles of every known actor in Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War... but Martin Freeman continues to be the exception to the rule. The Hobbit star's part wasn't revealed when he was first cast, and nothing official has been said since. Sadly, we don't have a definitive answer quite yet, but now Freeman has at the very least started to describe what he's doing in the blockbuster - usuing the adjective "ambiguous" to describe his character.

The Italian website has posted a video interview with Freeman, and in the clip the actor describes the role he is playing in Captain America: Civil War, and while he never actually identifies the part, what he says does give us a good number of clues. According to the actor, the movie has him playing an employee of the American government who is given the responsibility of coordinating with the various superheroes of the world and working with "certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes' power." He continued,

You’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another. It’s the kind of character I like because it’s ambiguous and because you don’t know whether he’s good or bad. I like that area that isn’t black or white; I like the grays.

Soon after Martin Freeman landed his Captain America: Civil War role, a mix of rumor and speculation immediately hit the web, with some suggesting he could be playing the Wakanda-linked Everett K. Ross or Edward Chase, the Prime Minister of England. Going by Freeman's description, however, it sounds much more likely that he is instead playing Henry Peter Gyrich, a character first introduced to Marvel Comics in 1977 as a special government liaison to the Avengers. Freeman is a pretty perfect match for that character, and it would be pretty easy to make him look just like his comic book counterpart:

Henry Peter Gyrich

As it has been for the last couple of months, Captain America: Civil War is still in production down in Atlanta, and in addition to Martin Freeman boasts a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, and William Hurt. You can look for the film in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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