Captain America star Chris Evans is thinking about hanging up his shield and taking a break from acting when his contract with Marvel comes to an end.
The 32-year-old makes his directorial debut later in the year with 1:30 Train, and it seems a career behind the camera is where his future lies.
Speaking to British mag Glamour, Evans revealed:
With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle. It’s like you helped buy a gift but you don’t know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it’s nice, sometimes it’s tragic. This process [directing], you’re involved in every single decision.
Evans really hit the big time when he landed the coveted role of The First Avenger, and despite having reservations in the beginning about committing to the franchise, he's since come to love the role:
If I hadn’t done it, I’d be really kicking myself. At the time, it was a daunting task for a number of reasons, but in hindsight it was the right move…He doesn’t have demons. He’s not Batman, he doesn’t struggle with inner turmoil. The nature of this character is that he puts himself last and helps the common good. So he could easily slip into a world of boredom…The blessing and curse of Captain America is that he doesn’t have that fancy an ability. He doesn’t live in another world, or turn green. He doesn’t have bells and whistles, he doesn’t shoot missiles. He punches and kicks.
But for all you Cap fans worried about Evans' impending acting break, fear not - the break really isn't that impending. He's locked in for a 6-movie deal at Marvel, which means we'll see him flinging his shield at bad guys in both a third Captain America and a third Avengers movie. By my estimate, that puts his sabbatical in 2018 at the earliest
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