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In Captain America: The First Avenger movie, when Steve Rogers wasn't Captain America, he looked tiny (if you have better word, please replace) but the same. Was this role also played by Chris Evans with help of computers? Or, there's a doppelganger actor who played that role?

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Yes. They used digital effects to shrink Chris Evans so that he looked like a wimp.

There is an extensive write-up about the details of how it was done (with pictures) on fxguide.

For illustration, here's one of the pictures from the link of him in the original plate:

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And after the digital shrinking effects:

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I love how Stanley Tucci is looking down at where they will digitally shrink Chris Evans to, instead of looking him in the eye and having to adjust his head posture in post as well. Just another testament to how wonderful he was in that movie. –  Monty129 Jan 30 at 18:21
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That's why I like Stanley Tucci too. Also he was funny in other films. –  user973810 Jan 30 at 22:15
    
And despicable in "the lovely bones" –  jsedano Jan 30 at 22:17
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I like to think Tucci asked how he was meant to act as if Rogers is smaller, and Joe Johnston said “Darling, just stare at his nips.” –  Paul D. Waite Apr 1 at 15:40
    
Thanks for clearing this up for me... I wasn't sure how they transformed tiny Chris to the muscular "Captain America.... –  Peg Oct 13 at 0:22

"Leander Deeny" - this is the tiny guy. The director films him with the same hair style and same view of "Chris Evans". After he gets in the machine, he's converted an comes out as "Chris Evans" with muscles and sexy body.

“Leander is the unsung hero of this,” Edson Williams, visual effects supervisor for Lola, 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.”

To attach Evans' head to Deeny’s body, the filmmakers would first shoot Evans in a scene. Then they would have Deeny watch what Evans had done on video playback, so he could mimic his movements precisely. Lastly they would film a clean plate, this is a pass devoid of principal actors that allows the background to be replaced behind the shrunken Evans.

“The heady replacements were tricky, because you were taking the head of a rhinoceros and putting it on the body of a gazelle,” Williams said. “The difference in muscles, in connective tissue was so vast, that it was very difficult to make the necks match up.”

“It’s almost always Chris Evans’ adams apple.”

The body, on the other hand, you’d never know it, but at least 10 percent of the time, it belonged to Deeny.

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+1 This is actually a better answer that is more to the point than the accepted answer which just says. “They used digital effects…” The reality is things like this are more in the realm of practical effects that have been further enabled by digital compositing than just saying, “They did it with the computers!” –  JakeGould Nov 29 at 17:43
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And my apologies for flagging this. I misread some of the words... –  Richard Nov 29 at 18:22
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I've taken the liberty of adding some quotes –  Richard Nov 29 at 18:23

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