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Chris Evans to quit acting and move to directing after his Marvel contract

Mar. 25, 2014by: Alex Maidy

What was called a break from acting a few weeks ago is now a full on retirement according to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER star Chris Evans. Evans, whose six picture deal with Marvel ends after six films (that is two more after THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON) is claiming that he will honor his commitment to the studio but will not be appearing in any other films outside of this contract.

Evans spoke to Variety about his upcoming directorial project, 1:30 TRAIN with Alice Eve, and said that is where his true passion lies. So, once his Marvel project is up by 2017 or so, that will be it for the actor.

If Im acting at all, its going to be under Marvel contract, or Im going to be directing, he says. I cant see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what Im contractually obligated to do.

Evans initially turned down the role of Captain America because he didn't want to be locked in for a nine-picture deal. Marvel's Kevin Feige and Robert Downey Jr convinced him to come on board and the deal was adjusted to a six picture contract. Evans clearly knows Marvel has given him the visibility to get his directorial projects made and that is why he plans to stick with them through his agreement.

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 wouldnt budge. We are turning a corner, he told his rep.

I respect that Evans, who is only 32, plans to follow his passion for film-making on his terms. Actors like Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney have moved from acting to behind the scenes work where they have all excelled, but they also continue to act. Evans is right, he may change his mind, but you have to respect him for not taking other jobs just to pad his wallet.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER opens on April 4th.

Source: Variety

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6:21PM on 03/26/2014

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I have 200 million in the bank and I am fuckin tired of eating plain chicken breast and working out 24/7! Time to grow a beard gain a paunch screw some babes and make some movies.
I have 200 million in the bank and I am fuckin tired of eating plain chicken breast and working out 24/7! Time to grow a beard gain a paunch screw some babes and make some movies.
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8:10AM on 03/27/2014
I highly doubt he has 200 million in the bank cause he get's paid shit by Marvel.
I highly doubt he has 200 million in the bank cause he get's paid shit by Marvel.
6:13AM on 04/01/2014
And I highly doubt Evans would have committed himself to 6 movies with Marvel if they were paying him "shit". He might not have made 200 million, but I'm sure for a 6 picture commitment he got somewhere in the ball park of 50, and possibly even points off the back end. So I'm sure he's pretty comfortable.
And I highly doubt Evans would have committed himself to 6 movies with Marvel if they were paying him "shit". He might not have made 200 million, but I'm sure for a 6 picture commitment he got somewhere in the ball park of 50, and possibly even points off the back end. So I'm sure he's pretty comfortable.
11:44AM on 03/26/2014

He's just burnt out.

Mad respect for Chris. And I think we all know where he's coming from and wanting to do the directing thing. But he'll be back. He just burnt out. Hell, think about the shape he has to be in to do the Captain America and Avengers movies. Think about the movies he has to turn down because he has to maintain this physique. Look at Hugh Jackman going from the Wolverine to Prisoners. It was rather distracting because he was so pumped and it detracted away from his character. He turned in a great
Mad respect for Chris. And I think we all know where he's coming from and wanting to do the directing thing. But he'll be back. He just burnt out. Hell, think about the shape he has to be in to do the Captain America and Avengers movies. Think about the movies he has to turn down because he has to maintain this physique. Look at Hugh Jackman going from the Wolverine to Prisoners. It was rather distracting because he was so pumped and it detracted away from his character. He turned in a great performance with that one movie Puncture, kinda reminded me of Goslings performance in Half-Nelson. Will see anything he directs, but he is a great actor with a truly bright future. Tis a shame that a movie he was talked heavily to do by various people including his agents to get more exposure has led him to an early retirement.
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9:52AM on 03/26/2014
I've always liked him-he's bright, charming, intelligent, and talented, and I'm so happy for the great success he's had with Marvel. But I'd love to see more of him as an actor as well as a director. And if I can be totally shallow for a moment, his is a face that belongs on screen...but I hope he's very successful at whatever he does.
I've always liked him-he's bright, charming, intelligent, and talented, and I'm so happy for the great success he's had with Marvel. But I'd love to see more of him as an actor as well as a director. And if I can be totally shallow for a moment, his is a face that belongs on screen...but I hope he's very successful at whatever he does.
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7:42AM on 03/26/2014
Gotta respect this. As an aspiring director with absolutely no prospects, I have to be happy for him for having the opportunity! Though selfishly, I hope he continues to act, at least in his own movies. He is way too charismatic and attractive to not ever be in front of the camera again. Remember his introduction in The Avengers? Damn.
Gotta respect this. As an aspiring director with absolutely no prospects, I have to be happy for him for having the opportunity! Though selfishly, I hope he continues to act, at least in his own movies. He is way too charismatic and attractive to not ever be in front of the camera again. Remember his introduction in The Avengers? Damn.
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11:55PM on 03/25/2014
Good for him but I hope one day he realizes he can do both.
Good for him but I hope one day he realizes he can do both.
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9:53PM on 03/25/2014
Well it's all but confirmed now that Sebastian Stan is going to be headlining Captain America 4. Just glad we will get to see Evans 4 more times starting in April.
Well it's all but confirmed now that Sebastian Stan is going to be headlining Captain America 4. Just glad we will get to see Evans 4 more times starting in April.
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11:21PM on 03/25/2014
Yeah, this all but confirms Bucky becoming the new Captain America. Obviously things could change, but as of right now that's the direction it looks like it's heading.
Yeah, this all but confirms Bucky becoming the new Captain America. Obviously things could change, but as of right now that's the direction it looks like it's heading.
6:15AM on 04/01/2014
well that and Sebastian Stan signed a 9 picture deal with Marvel, so he's definitely going to be taking on a more prominent role...
well that and Sebastian Stan signed a 9 picture deal with Marvel, so he's definitely going to be taking on a more prominent role...
8:22PM on 03/25/2014
Maybe he was inspired by working with Robert Redford. Hopefully, when he transitions to directing, he'll consider returning to acting too.
Maybe he was inspired by working with Robert Redford. Hopefully, when he transitions to directing, he'll consider returning to acting too.
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8:20PM on 03/25/2014
That's too bad. The guy is one of my favorite actors and has really grown into a really good actor over the years. If he does strictly consider directing for the rest of his life, I'll be there at the theater everytime to see them.
That's too bad. The guy is one of my favorite actors and has really grown into a really good actor over the years. If he does strictly consider directing for the rest of his life, I'll be there at the theater everytime to see them.
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7:36PM on 03/25/2014
I sure hope he finds what he's looking for.
I sure hope he finds what he's looking for.
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5:51PM on 03/25/2014

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I have no ill-will towards Chris Evans, if anything I have some respect for him as an actor, but I think its rather early for him to consider directing....
I have no ill-will towards Chris Evans, if anything I have some respect for him as an actor, but I think its rather early for him to consider directing....
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7:59PM on 03/25/2014
He's in his 30s. That's not at all early.
He's in his 30s. That's not at all early.
5:11PM on 03/25/2014
Looks like the guy who started in Not Another Teen Movie is all grown up
Looks like the guy who started in Not Another Teen Movie is all grown up
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4:11PM on 03/25/2014

Lmfao

That Honest Trailer is DEAD ON
That Honest Trailer is DEAD ON
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3:58PM on 03/25/2014
I wish all the best for him, whichever way he goes.
I wish all the best for him, whichever way he goes.
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3:51PM on 03/25/2014
Its too bad because I think he was really growing as an actor, but power to him!
Its too bad because I think he was really growing as an actor, but power to him!
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3:49PM on 03/25/2014
So if we want more of him as Captain America (after this current contract) he can just direct the movie himself and star in it!
So if we want more of him as Captain America (after this current contract) he can just direct the movie himself and star in it!
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