Hey all you actors out there, don’t you just hate it when you land a major role in one of the most profitable movie franchises of all time, and the studio just wants you to keep making movie after movie while paying you millions upon millions of dollars?
No? You don’t hate that? You’d be thrilled to land a role in anything that will pay the rent and give you a break from working at P.F. Chang’s?
Well then, I guess you and Chris Evans aren’t quite on the same page. You see, Evans is getting tired of having to play Captain America in all these extremely successful Marvel movies. What he really wants to do is direct. So as soon as his six-picture deal with Marvel Studios is up, he’s out of there. No more Steve Rogers, no more Cap.
What does that mean? Well, given that he’s already done two stand-alone Captain America flicks and the first Avengers, in all likelihood that leaves just Captain America 3, Avengers 2 and Avengers 3.
Evans recently sat down for an interview with GQ—which I’m sure would have happened if he had never taken the role of Captain America—to share his thoughts about his deal with Marvel. Here are a few of them:
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 f–king break. That just scared me.
They called back and they tweaked the deal. It went from nine [films] to six. I said no again. 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.
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.
Hey, we all have to make tough choices, right? Hang in there, Chris. You’ll get through this.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014.