Chris Evans has sent mixed messages to the press about his involvement in the MCU. On one hand, the action star has enjoyed unfiltered success and acclaim in the role that has allowed him to venture onto other projects. But he has also felt hampered by the constraints of participating in the blockbusters.
Now the 35-year old has officially agreed terms with Marvel to stay in the role of Captain America. He sat down with the British press via The Telegraph to explain the thinking behind his decision.
Evans: I Was Terrified My Captain America Debut Would Be Good!
Going the extra mile to link up for Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, Evans said that the studio wanted him for the second part of the ensemble masterpiece.
“I had six films in my Marvel contract, so I could have said after the third Avengers I was done, but they wanted to make the third and fourth Avengers films as a two-parter," he explained. "They said they had so many other characters to fit in – Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Ant Man – and couldn’t get them all into one movie.”
Being apart of an MCU title has benefits few others can match.
“I’ve been on sets where you get a vibe that everyone’s making a different movie,” Evans said. “The director one, the actors another, the producers another one still. Marvel has a way of ensuring that on the day filming begins, everyone is making the same meal.”
Giving a candid admission to the press, Evans recalled how unnerved he was at the prospect of Captain America working at the box office, triggering his potential 6-film deal.
“One of my biggest fears was that the movies were going to be good. Because if things worked out, I’d have to do all six of them. And at the time, that was the most terrifying aspect of it. That it was going to be so dominating, all-encompassing.”
Films Like Gifted Offer Evans Refreshing Challenge
Entering his mid 30s, there is a strong appetite from Evans to extend his acting CV into dramas and other genres. As far as he is concerned, there is not enough of a challenge on an MCU set in that respect.
“Those Captain America movies are great, and I’m proud of every one of them, but on set they’re giant f***ing factories, and we spend a lot of time sitting around.”
Venturing off on a movie like Gifted gives the performer enough work to stay constantly occupied.
“You come home every day and you feel like you got to act!" he says. "You feel exhausted. You get through eight, nine pages of dialogue. On Captain America, you might get through two pages per day, if you’re lucky. And that’s fine, it’s a different process. But there’s something refreshing about that intimate exchange with the other people involved in a smaller film. You feel like you get your hands dirty. “
Source: The Telegraph