While doing press for next month's highly-anticipated superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans revealed he's ready to take a break from acting after his Marvel contract expires, so that he can focus on directing. He's already shot his directorial debut, 1:30 Train, where he stars alongside Alice Eve, though it isn't known when this drama may hit theaters.
Here's what he had to say in an interview with Glamour Magazine about taking an acting hiatus.
"I think when I'm done with this Marvel contract, I'll take a little break from acting. 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."
After Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the actor will return for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it isn't known if his contract extends beyond that Marvel Phase Two sequel. We'll have to wait and see if this will affect any plans for a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The actor didn't originally think he was right for the role of Steve Rogers when he was first approached to star in Captain America: The First Avenger. Here's what he had to say about why he's glad he decided to take on 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 also spoke briefly about next month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and how this character differs from other superheroes.
"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."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon.