Christopher Robert “Chris” Evans, the American actor and film director is ready to leave acting behind to focus on directing movies, he said during a recent interview.
Chris Evans is best known for his superhero roles as Johnny Storm / Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and as Steve Rogers / Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
He will reprise the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America 3 (2016) ending his six-movie deal Evans signed when he joined the Marvel universe in 2010.
In an interview with Variety, he said, “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct, 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.
If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing. I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”
Evans spent his winter break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe directing his $3 million debut feature, a love story tentatively titled 1:30 Train.
It was shot in just 19 days on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, starring Alice Eve as a young women who misses her ride home at Grand Central Terminal and spends the night talking to a street musician (played by Evans).
He credits Marvel for Captain America experience, which helped him to land many opportunities. “Without these movies, I wouldn’t be directing. 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.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2014, in 2D and 3D.
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