has run a feature on Chris Evans where they reveal that the actor plans to retire from acting once his 6-movie deal contract with Marvel studios so he can pursue directing.
The article goes on to say how Chris Evans when he was originally approached for the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America turned it down, twice. The first time was because Marvel wanted to lock him into a 9-picture deal. On the second attempt to bring Evans on board after reducing the contract to 6 movies, he was still hesitant to take on the role in fear of being typecast as a super-hero. After all he had already played the role of The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. It was only after some pressure from his agent, family and even a phone call from fellow Avengers cast member Robert Downey Jr. that he decided the benefits of taking on the role outreached the negative aspects.
Evans will be making his directorial debut with a $3 million film he worked on this past winter which is a love story tentatively called ď1:30 TrainĒ. The movie will focus on a young woman (Alice Eve) who misses her ride home at Grand Central Terminal and spends the night talking to a street musician (played by Evans). Evans admits that he probably would not have gotten this directing opportunity if it wasn't for the notoriety he has obtained from the Marvel movies and even if this movie doesn't do well he will probably be given another opportunity to direct sometime down the road, a second chance many are not afforded in Hollywood.
The opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the coming weeks will mark the 3rd movie in his 6-movie contract with Marvel Studios, the first two being Captain America: The First Avenger and last summers mega-blockbuster Avengers movie. Evans after he completes his press tour for Winter Soldier will immediately be heading off to start filming the second Avengers movie with a 3rd Captain America to follow two years later.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters here in the United States on April 4th.