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'After Superman, he was kind of my favorite,' actor tells MTV News.

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Ryan Phillippe

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The pool of leading Hollywood men reportedly up for the role of Captain America — a crew so diverse it has at one time included funnyman John Krasinski and action-flick vet Chris Evans — has grown by one. MTV News has exclusively confirmed that Ryan Phillippe will audition for the part.

During a conversation at the South by Southwest music and film festival on Monday (March 15), the 35-year-old Phillippe himself revealed that he's set to audition for what would be the lead role in "The First Avenger: Captain America."

"[I] actually am going in to meet on 'Captain America,' which is kind of cool," he said. "After Superman, he was kind of my favorite."

Phillippe's potential audition was first published by HitFix.com, which cited »

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