‘Captain America’s’ Chris Evans Says He’s Ready to Leave Acting Behind

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Actor committed to fulfilling Marvel contract then wants to focus on directing

There’s no escaping Captain America — especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.

Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do — head to the bathroom. “Not to get too graphic,” he says, “but you’d better hope you’re on a nice schedule in that thing. There are all these zippers and buttons.” And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it.”

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The same could be said of the ironclad six-movie deal Evans signed when he joined the Marvel universe in 2010 as mild-mannered Steve Rogers, who becomes the supernatural shielded crusader — the original Avenger. He’s completed three films as the character, including the 2011 “Captain America” origins story and last summer’s blockbuster hit “The Avengers,” which grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Evans heads to London to shoot “Avengers 2” alongside superhero pals Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) after his press tour for the April 4 release of “The Winter Soldier,” in which Johansson also appears.

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As Evans prepares for another spin in the superhero stratosphere, he admits to feeling somewhat ambivalent about being typecast as a comicbook star. The 32-year-old actor spent his winter hiatus from the Marvel universe directing his debut feature, an intimate $3 million love story tentatively called “1:30 Train,” which focuses on a young woman (Alice Eve) who misses her ride home at Grand Central Terminal and spends the night talking to a street musician (played by Evans). He shot the film on Manhattan’s Lower East side over the course of just 19 days, and recently finished editing a rough cut.

“I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct,” Evans says. “But (time) never really opens up. There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what — I have to do this.”

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Evans recently made news when he said he plans a short break from acting after his Marvel run ends, but now, he tells Variety, he wants to retire from being in front of the camera. “If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing,” he says. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”

That still leaves him some time on the bigscreen: Over the next several years, he will clock at least three more appearances as the red-white-and-blue-clad superhero in “Avengers” and “Captain America” sequels.

Evans is part of a new generation of actors who came of age in a Hollywood where box office is dictated less by movie stars and more by superheroes and mega-franchises such as “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” “Batman” “Spider-Man,” “Superman,” “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” — the latter of which afforded Evans his first major break, playing another superhero: flamethrower Johnny Storm. It was a milestone for Evans because it marked the first time he went on an international press tour and was offered a personal trainer by a studio.

Traditionally, superhero roles are both a blessing and a curse for up-and-coming actors. They can confer recognition on unknowns (like a young Hugh Jackman, cast as Wolverine in 2000’s “X-Men”), but they also can restrict career options due to typecasting. But with the onset of Hollywood’s mega-franchise mania, potential drawbacks to playing a superhero have become less of an issue as actors regularly dabble in other artistic ventures, whether they be independent films (as in the case of “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe), Broadway (“Spider-Man’s” Andrew Garfield) or directing, the career Evans is chasing.

Downey, who gave his own career a major boost when he donned the “Iron Man” suit in 2008, compares the new superhero studio model of signing actors to multiple films with the old studio system of the 1940s and ’50s. “Obviously, it’s much less of a taboo,” says the star, who has headlined four Marvel films as well as continuing to work on other projects.

Yet new hit superhero franchises still carry baggage for many of their stars. “It can feel like a gilded cage at times,” admits Johansson. The actress, who has so far played the Black Widow in three films that feature “Avengers” characters, including “Winter Soldier,” notes: “It’s something that obviously allows you the opportunity to do things like go and direct your first feature and have a built-in audience for that. At the same time, at the end of the job, there’s always a super suit in your future.”

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Johansson cites several concerns. “The movies take at least five or six months to release. Are you going to top the last one? Is your performance going to be as enigmatic? It’s a big risk.”

For Evans, the “Captain America” experience has been mostly positive. He credits the series with enabling him to land his dream job. “Without these movies, I wouldn’t be directing,” he reckons. “They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I’m speaking extremely candidly, it’s going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs.”

After wrapping “Avengers” at the end of the summer, Evans plans to helm another feature later this year, and he’s looking for scripts. “I put everything in ‘1:30 Train,’ ” he says. But whether that film succeeds or not, he feels confident he’ll get another shot at directing. “That’s not a luxury that most people are afforded,” he points out.

Evans grew up in Sudbury, Mass., a Boston suburb, where all three of his siblings were theater kids. His adolescence sounds like a real-life version of “High School Musical,” where he juggled sports (lacrosse and wrestling) with productions of “West Side Story.” He says he wanted to be a painter or animator (and only started reading Marvel comics after getting the role in the films.)

He got his start in showbiz at 17, when he interned at a New York casting agency and convinced a client to sign him. His first break was in short-lived 2000 Fox TV series, “Opposite Sex,” followed by 2001 spoof “Not Another Teen Movie” and 2004 thriller “Cellular.” “It didn’t really go anywhere,” Evans says of the latter film. “That’s when you start to realize just because you’re the lead in a movie, that doesn’t mean you have a career.”

Among his tentpole action turns, Evans has taken risks with smaller, gritty indie films, including Danny Boyle’s 2007 astronaut drama “Sunshine,” which grossed less than $4 million domestically. His other favorite performance was in 2011 legal thriller “Puncture,” which registered negligible grosses. “No one sees my good little movies, man,” Evans laments.

In 2008, he appeared in the Tennessee Williams-scripted “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” which persuaded Marvel execs he could handle the period setting of the first “Captain America.”

Unlike that 2011 origins movie, set against the backdrop of World War II Germany — the comic came into being in 1941 — “Winter Soldier” features a contemporary story. Evans says that in previous incarnations, his options in portraying Steve Rogers felt limited. “It’s tricky, because he’s a Boy Scout,” Evans says. “His main goal in life is to put his own interests last. He doesn’t have a brooding side. He’s not Bruce Wayne or Wolverine.”

To train for the new film, directed by the Russo Brothers, which pits the Avengers against a mysterious statesman played by Robert Redford, Evans took gymnastics and parkour classes. “They make him much more bad-ass in terms of his fighting style,” says Evans, who was eager to inject the character with an edge. “I always wanted to see why Captain America was on this team of Avengers. He’s got to have a reason — he can’t just be really fast and punch really hard. Now, he’s much more aggressive, and he looks more lethal.”

When Marvel approached him with the part four years ago, Evans turned it down — several times. “The problem was initially, it was a nine-movie contract. And they said, if these movies take off and do very well, and my life changes and I don’t respond well, I don’t have the opportunity to say, listen, I need a fucking break. That just scared me.”

After testing a handful of other actors, Marvel made another attempt to woo Evans. “They called back and they tweaked the deal,” he recalls. “It went from nine (films) to six. I said no again.” Marvel tried once more, and that’s when Evans’ reps started giving him a hard time, the actor admits. “My family was even going, ‘Are you sure you’re making the right decisions?’ It started to feel like maybe this is what I’m supposed to do.”


As part of the courting process, Evans received a ring from Iron Man himself. “I remember getting on the phone with him and strongly suggesting that he not shrink away from the offer,” Downey says. “I said, ‘Look man, you might not like the fact that you’ve played one of these guys before (in “Fantastic Four”), but you know, the thing is this can afford you all sorts of other freedoms,’ ” Downey, who, thanks to “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes,” recently topped the Forbes list of highest-paid actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million last year, adds, “I also thought he was the perfect guy for the job.”

Kevin Feige, president of Marvel studios (Walt Disney Co. bought parent Marvel Entertainment for approximately $4 billion in 2009), says that the first requirement for the actor who would play the patriotic character was simple: “We were looking for an American, which is not a given,” he says. Evans originally didn’t appear on Marvel’s wish list, ironically, because he had played a superhero before — a reminder that these movies can close as many doors as they open. “We cast a fairly wide net and did a series of very detailed screen tests,” Feige says. “We didn’t find the guy. We probably consciously or unconsciously skipped over Evans, maybe because of the Johnny Storm connection in ‘Fantastic Four,’ to be very honest with you. And then we said, ‘What are we doing?’ He’s great.”

Evans, dressed casually in a stretchy gray T-shirt and jeans as he lounges on the patio of his Hollywood Hills home, says his laid-back personality is more similar to Johnny Storm than Steve Rogers. His pal Hemsworth remembers how on the “Avengers” shoot in New Mexico, Evans “rallied the troops and made us assemble at certain bars and nightclubs when we could. He loves going out and being sociable.” Admits Evans: “Steve Rogers is a little out of my comfort zone. The Captain’s a little more straightlaced than I am. Probably a little more mature too,” he deadpans.

Still, Captain America isn’t that comfortable with the interview process, in large part because he can’t stand the pat nature of his responses. His least favorite activity might be press conferences. “You’re standing in a room with hundreds of people looking at you, waiting for you to slip up. It’s an awkward sensation,” Evans maintains.

He says another challenge of being a Marvel star is the loss of anonymity. “Fame is a funny thing,” he explains. “I like doing normal things. I like going to fairs, I like going to ball games, I like going to Disney World, or a big field on the Fourth of July and having picnics with friends. The problem is, you’re either worried you’re going to be recognized or you’re thankful you’re not. It’s always there. I miss that not being in my head.”

Evans might have been born with the superhero gene. He says that he doesn’t need to train excessively hard to stay in shape — about an hour a day in the gym maintains his superhero physique — and adds that he can eat what he wants, an assertion that elicits groans from his “Avengers” colleagues.

“That’s the most irritating quote I’ve ever heard; I’m sure it’s true, and I’d like to rewrite it,” says Downey, who adds that he personally often follows a long production day with a visit to the gym. Johansson recalls nibbling on kale chips and dry popcorn on the set of “Avengers,” and turning around and spotting Evans with a handful of gummy bears and Skittles. “And that’s the fate I’ve been dealt,” she says. “I’m a girl trying to keep up with these guys.” Hemsworth would sometimes see Evans at a local gym in Albuquerque. “I have to say that for the integrity of the character, Thor could lift more than Captain America,” he quips.

Between productions, the cast is a tight-knit group, appearing in cameos and traveling for press. “We’re definitely a “Bad News Bears” team,” Renner says. If Evans is the “pied piper of gathering troops,” according to Renner (or as Johansson calls him, the “captain of team spirit”), Downey is the group leader, keeping the cast intact after tough renegotiations with Marvel last year following the global success of “Avengers.” “Some actors get a backend,” Evans says. But not him.

Evans says Marvel will often send him pictures of “Captain America” action figures that are molded after his likeness, but that he doesn’t profit from the merchandising. “I see my nephew wearing underwear with my face on it,” says Evans. “I’m like ‘what’s going on?’ But for some reason, (no money comes) my way.” Adds Downey: “Nobody gets anything from the toys, and nobody ever will.” Then he promises: “I’m working on it.”

When will Evans finally hang up the character’s shield? “That’s a good question,” he says. “We can do this out loud. (‘Avengers 2’) will shoot till August. I wouldn’t be surprised if for all of 2015, we didn’t do a movie. I bet by 2017, I’ll be done.”

He lets out a grunt. “That sounds so far away.” Meanwhile, he hopes to balance his Marvel acting gigs with directing until he no longer has to carry the shield.

Evans admits he could change his mind in the future about his career trajectory. “For all I know, in five years, I might say, ‘Shit, I miss acting.’ Right now, I just want to get behind the camera and make movies.” He recently had a candid conversation with his team about it. One of his agents even tried to twist his arm, asking, “What if, hypothetically, some role came along and it was great?” Evans wouldn’t budge. “We are turning a corner,” he told his rep.

And once Captain America lays down the law, there’s really no turning back.

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  1. I like it see movie Before We Go in Variety.

  2. Misha Cruz says:

    I’ve just read this article, and I find that the case of a particular character that an actor did in his/her career gets stuck with them. Like Keanu Reeves with the “The Matrix” franchise, the “Neo” character” pretty much got stuck with him because, those movies would be the first thing people think about when they hear about his name. Ultimately, it is still Chris Evans’ decision whether he wants to continue acting or explore the directing angle again and retire.

  3. Fei Fei Wang says:

    I understand how some of this may seem egotistical, but I really feel for him. I recently became interested in him and thought, “Yeah he’s hot but he doesn’t look like someone who can do serious roles”. After reading his interviews and watching his smaller films, I feel quite terrible for putting a judgement on him like that. Maybe too many people have the in the past, and that’s what’s kept him from doing some things.

    Also, his anxiety really moves me. Anyone who has experienced a panic attack will know how difficult it is to overcome. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours, and for his happiness and health.

  4. I just hope that Chris is happy… no matter what decisions he makes! : )

  5. Charles Kovalck says:

    I was so sad to hear that Chris doesn’t want to be Captain America anymore, or and actor at all. I wonder if Hollywood might pick actors who want to be actors and not an actor who wants to be a director,… I always wondered why Hollywood recasts characters,… never realising the actor wants out of their contracts. Thank GOD we still have Wolverine…as Hugh Jackman has said he’ll play the character as long as we want him to.

  6. Tessa Dunn says:

    Chris is very handsome and has a great body. Look at these photos! http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-chris-evans-photos/christiebuckner

  7. Tessa Dunn says:

    Chris is very handsome and has a great body. Look at these photos! http://goo.gl/XjbJmS

  8. But he hasn’t ‘acted’ a day in his life

  9. Chelsea says:

    Anything Chris Evan does I will support.

  10. Tim says:

    Great article.

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  12. Kelly says:

    Evans may have been the lead in Cellular but Kim Basinger and Jason Statham were the bigger names. Too bad it didn’t do better. It was actually a pretty good movie.

    As for his “little” indie films, give them some time. When he gets better established as a serious actor/director, people will check those films out via streaming video or dvd rental.

  13. Todd Polt says:

    Rubbish. Call me cynical, but this sounds like a renegotiating ploy. Remember Downey complaining about getting “too old” to play Iron Man before he resigned for those AVENGERS sequels?

    And you know what? I don’t blame Evans. If TWS does as well as people think it will, Cap 3 will probably do well too and well AVENGERS sequels of course will make money. Well why wouldn’t he expect a good raise? Trust me if he and Marvel can get a good deal that both sides are happy with, Evans will keep playing Cap.

    In fact don’t be shocked if Feige dangles a chance to direct Cap 4 (or any other Marvel movie) in front of Evans during those renegotiations.

    That’s assuming of course that Marvel doesn’t get too greedy.

    • I completely agree. I’m glad to find someone out there who isn’t so pessimistic about Chris supposedly retiring. If the next few MARVEL movies that involve Cap do as well or better than the previous, I’m sure he’ll extend his contract. He’s said so himself he loves playing the part of Cap. I guess we’ll see. I sure hope he decides he misses acting. Wishing him luck with his directing career!

  14. Good for him but don’t look a gifted horse in the mouth. Im sure a ton of guys would trade with him. Actors are always looking for work and Marvel basically gave you work for years to come. Sometimes people don’t see the blessing right in front of them…

  15. Tousif Zamal says:

    Awesome always know you have my respect because i know you are a metalhead too. keep you horns high with pride and delve into this new path that you have taken for yourself may the force be with you
    Fellow metal brother.And remember Fuck all punks and other and up the irons !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Erik says:

    I’m just glad that Mr. Evans chose to become Captain America. Steve Rodgers is the quintessential good guy. He is relatable, honest, upfront, caring and honorable. He is what most people with a solid moral and ethical core aspire to be! I am a huge fan because I can relate to him in most every way! Chris Evans may be more like Johnny Storm in real life, but he brings something much more to the table as Steve Rodgers. Thank you again, Mr. Evans. I appreciate the great work that you have done and continue to do! -Erik V. Schmidt

  17. Samuel says:

    Reblogged this on Write a blog on a log, Sam I am and commented:
    Don’t leave us you handsome man!

  18. Charlotte Smith says:

    This was a really well written piece. It’s not a run of the mill ‘OMG HE’S SO HOT AND BROODY’ nor is it a ‘So how many women can you bed now you’re a bona fida celebrity?’ article. I loved the injections from RDJ as well.

  19. Kyle Larkin says:

    Really well written article. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! Good job Ramin!

  20. DC says:

    I like Chris Evans and I remember him from Not Another Teen Movie. I don’t blame him for wanting out, since he’s now trapped to star in three shitty blockbuster movies. But this article just makes him sound like a whiner. You want the movie and the fame? Then Captain America was a good choice. You want to make good movies and actually enjoy acting again? Then bad move, buddy. You made your choice, now stop complaining about it.

    • SC says:

      You summed it up perfectly. I could stare at Evans all day, but he has struck me in every written and filmed interview as an inarticulate and somewhat immature complainer when asked about his Marvel contract and what it’s done for his acting career. I get what he’s saying — being contracted to star in multiple films for a franchise that will span years is a daunting and exhausting prospect. But although he acknowledges the opportunities it’s afforded him, he also sounds — from the way this article has been composed — like he has a higher opinion of himself than he perhaps should. He’s fine as Cap but he isn’t some prolifically talented actor, from what I’ve seen of him in his other films. And although I’ll try to keep an open mind regarding his directing abilities, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t make waves for that either. My guess is that he’ll fall off the radar almost completely within the next five to seven years.

  21. johntshea says:

    Interesting, though ‘Fantastic Four’ is the LAST of the eight movies listed, not the LATTER.

  22. Kathleen Nishiyori says:

    I wish more men would wear clingy knits.

  23. R.G. says:

    don’t concern yourself Evans the fame will fade and so will your star ….you will come to understand to enjoy it and stop all the crying about what you think you want…people forget real fast these days look what happen to the spider man star he was replace and now forgotten about…so came another to be the next spider man ….and there will be another captain America to replace YOU! …I hope by then they pick a good director to get the most from that sort of thing.

    • scottoest says:

      Yeah, what a jerk, having some mild reservations about signing a movie contract that ties him up for 7-8 years.

      The money is nice, and I’m sure the fame is neat for a while, but eventually these are all still people who want to have lives of their own, and do the kinds of things he mentions without being mobbed up to the eyeballs. We take that for granted because it isn’t our problem, just like they probably take their financial windfall somewhat for granted

      I’m sure RDJ feels the same way, which is why he didn’t sign an extension that included more standalone Iron Man films.

  24. Tim says:

    Chris Evans apparently suffers form the Eddie Veder syndrome, encapsulated in the idea of “I’m much too good for this so I must leave my fame behind.”

    • Era says:

      Or he is just a human being who has wishes and dreams of his own. Wanting to do something else does not equal thinking yourself to be to good for what your already doing.

      I don’t get how people get these kinds of thoughts. It doesn’t even make a bit of sense.

      Why do people always behave like famous people are not just people like us? Because they are. Just because they get famous does not mean they have to be super happy about it or act like they love it most in the world.

      It’s not arrogance that you devolp different interests. People from everywhere have this. Juts because you start liking chocolate more then chips doesn’t mean you suddenly feel to good for chips. It just means you like choco better now.

      Just because you went to that same theme park so many times you feel like going swimming more now does not mean you feel to good for that theme park, it just means you now prefer swimming.

      Stop making people sound like pricks just because they have a change of heart or grow to like or prefer different things.
      It’s human, and every human is guilty of this by some degree. It’s just the femous people who get attacked for it because some of the non famous people are simply to jelous of what the famous already have to see that the famous people actually would prefer something else.

      Don’t judge a person’s character for not having the same opinions as you. Maybe you’d love to be a famous actor and feel attacked on a personal level that a famous actor wishes to try something else. Thats stupid. If there is one thing importand in life, it’s to stay true to yourself as much as possible, regardless what other people say or think about that. And if your heart lies somewhere else then what your doing now, then you should go do something else.

      Plenty of people give up serious office job carreers to become rock stars, painters, writers etc. plenty of people give up taking over family buisnisses because their hearts are just not in it.

      You, as a human being, are allowed to change your mind, or do something you love doing. Even if others think you would be better of staying where you are. You are living your life, not that of another.

      Honestly people.

  25. Not very nice... says:

    He seems like a smart enough guy so good luck, but his stance on directing makes him sound like a jerk. He’s biting back at the industry that fed him. It’s obvious that audiences don’t care to see him in little movies, so unless he’s brilliant, his “little indies” are going to get washed under the floorboards like Puncture. He “made it” in the industry because his initial impression is eye candy. Why does he feel he can artistically segue into directing smart indies particularly when his audience doesn’t seem to care at all..?

    • imani says:

      I’m sure nobody cared much to see Penny Marshall or Ron Howard branch off into directing .nobody had goofier characters than them & look where they are now! You don’t know what Chris is capable of…Chris knows what he’s passionate abt. Let him have his dreams without all the judgement. Boxing him in bc he’s attractive& part of a lucrative franchise?? Yeah he could have worse problems but they are HIS problems.Not everybody wants to find one gold mine& ride the money train til the end.
      PLENTY of ppl have walked away from lucrative careers & opportunities to pursue dreams. Outsiders think they are crazy but if the person is happy who are you to judge? Some ppl don’t play it safe…being fulfilled & happy is worth a gamble to him. It doesnt always come down to money & fame.I don’t blame his restless nature..AND he knows Hollywood could be over him at any moment & fans are fickle as hell so WHY put all your eggs in one basket?

      I cant stand arrogant know-it-all judgemental ppl! It’s SO easy to stand on the OUTSIDE & throw stones! Uggh!

    • JL says:

      He has enough money and a bit of industry pull to direct – so why not? He still has three huge films to make and several more years before he can direct full time – and by then he’d have spent about 20 years in the business of acting. Lots of actors segue into or want to segue into directing and most start with small films. If it doesn’t work out then he took his chance when granted the opportunity. Not sure how that makes him a jerk.

      Though I imagine with Captain America 2 and Snowpiercer coming out back to back and Avengers 2 coming up his agents are probably pulling their hair out. He’ll probably never be in more demand as an actor..

  26. John says:

    Good…just go away. You’re annoying.

  27. No mention of Mark Ruffalo in all of this.

  28. Al says:

    Funny to leave out his two previous Superhero (and Marvel) movies, the Fantastic Four I and II

  29. JL says:

    When was this interview done? It was announced a couple of weeks ago that 2015 won’t be clear. Filming for CA3 is scheduled to start for that May 2016 release date. Which means a Marvel film 3 years in a row. Not enough time between films (between training, filming and promoting) to make much else except a very small indie.

  30. PETER says:

    Good article. Good interview for a change. Thank you. Good luck to Chris.

  31. John says:

    Sounds like he’s really tired of the Marvel gig. Can’t blame him.

    • Johaannu says:

      After 3 films? No one knew who he was before, and he’ll struggle to reach that level of relevance after he’s done with them. I don’t mind wanting to move on/direct, but don’t downplay the only reason anyone knows your name.

      • Era says:

        Accept that he doesn’t. He is gratefull for what the movies did for him. I says so himself. His heart just is in something else.

        And thats fine. I think it takes a lot of courage to follow your heart when there are so many people attacking you for it.

        Perhaps fame is not what he cares for like some people. Maybe he just likes beinga human being doing things he enjoys doing.

        he does not have to behave like being in those movies is a gods gift. He knows people know him mostly because of these movies. Again, he even says so himself.

        But that does not mean he should sell his soul and be stuck in these movies forever. As a human being he has rights like any other. And one of those rights is teh freedom to pursue the things that make you happy.

        For some people that being in blockbuster movies, for others it’s not. The people who comment here seem to care a lot more about Chris his fame then Chris himself does. To me he sounds like a nice guy, with his wild sides, who just wants to try something else that catches his attention more.

        He does not belong to the public. Fans and haters alike do not have the power to vote on what he should or should not do. Only Chris should. And I for 1 feel nothing but admiration for a person who has enough balls to go for what he wants to do despite his current situation, and enough heart to still show his deep gratitude for what he was given and giving that credit in how it makes him able to at least TRY this other thing his heart beats for right now.

        I’m sad to see him go. I love captain america and it won’t be the same withoud him. Steve Rogers, that ordinairi kid from brooklyn, is the only super hero I can really relate too because he is one of the few who does not act arrogant, super broody, disrespectfull to woman (womanisers) or other ”cool” stereo types that fill tv. A hero that genuinly just wants to protect people for the sake of protecting people. We lack those type of hero’s.

        And I would beg Chris to reconsider and stay as my most beloved Hero if I thought it would make a difference.

        BUt despite all that, I can’t condeme any person following their hearts. So I will support him in his choice. (And hope that one day he will change his mind and new cap movies with him in it will be made :P ) But if he doesn’t change his mind, I just hope he has FUN doing what he will do next.

        I say FUN not SUCCES. because those 2 are different things, and fun is so much more importand to have in life.

        Even if Chris utterly fails in directing, as long as he had fun doing it, he will have made the right call, because unlike what some people in this world like to believe, carreer, fame, money and succes are IN FACT not the most importand things in life and do not add to your worth as a person.

        Glad Chris Evans is one of those who realised this.

  32. alex james says:

    hey chris evans, if you want to learn how to become director, ask Ben Affleck. seriously, The Town, Argo and Gone Baby Gone is legit and good

  33. Beat Me Up says:

    Strikes me a lonely manic depressive headed for a crisis.

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