Chris Evans is done with acting. But that doesn't mean he will be leaving Hollywood, or that you won't be seeing him in films for the next few years.
The actor best known as Captain America spent his winter directing his first film, 1:30 Train, a relatively intimate and inexpensive film by Hollywood standards (production costs came in around $3 million). Evans spoke with Variety about his passion for directing, and why he will remain an actor at least through 2017.
"I've known for a while I wanted to direct," Evans said. "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.'"
When Evans signed on as Captain America, it was the role of a lifetime for most actors. And while he doesn't seem to regret it, he is under a six-film contract with Marvel.
"If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing," he explained to Variety. "I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
Evans didn't agree to sign on as Captain America right away, and reportedly turned the role down multiple times before finally agreeing. He has fulfilled three of the films in his six-film contract so far: Captain America, The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier. He will soon be filming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which leaves two films left on his contract.
Despite his rush to change career paths, the actor understands what Marvel has done for him, and seems to have nothing but thanks for the company.
"Without these movies, I wouldn't be directing," he said. "They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie."
1:30 Train stars Alice Eve alongside Evans, and is a love story shot in only 19 days. The actor did admit that his hope to leave acting is not set in stone.
"For all I know, in five years, I might say, 'I miss acting,'" he said. But, he added, "Right now, I just want to get behind the camera and make movies."
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is due in theaters May 1, 2015.
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