Chris Evans Opens Up About Hanging Up Captain America's Iconic Shield And The Emotional Impact Of 'Endgame' In New Interview
Captain America stud-meister Chris Evans is hanging up his shield for good as he is considering a retirement from acting.
But don't mention the word to him.
He discussed the semantics of retiring with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I never said the word 'retire.' It's a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they're going to retire — it's not something you retire from."
After a ten-year stint as the superhero, Avengers: Endgame will be his last as the title loosely suggests. The 37-year-old is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as a director, but he's not in a rush with the transition.
"Momentum is a real fallacy, in my opinion. But it has a really strong hold on a lot of actors' mentalities. You really believe that while the ball's rolling, you gotta keep it rolling."
He disagrees about striking while the iron is hot.
"I could be wrong, but to me — I just don't believe in that. I don't think that's real."
The political Avenger: @ChrisEvans takes on Trump, Tom Brady, anxiety and those retirement rumors… https://t.co/S2Ob6NhaKq— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter) 1553691615.0
The actor reflected on his thoughts when he received the call from the studios to play Captain America. He wasn't the first choice. Marvel Studios put him on the back-burner during the initial stages of casting, according to director Kevin Feige.
"Getting the [Captain America] offer felt to me like the epitome of temptation. The ultimate job offer, on the biggest scale. I'm supposed to say no to this thing. It felt like the right thing to do."
His struggle to interpret a character who had "no real darkness to him" was one of the reasons for being evasive.
The initial hesitation @ChrisEvans had over the Cap role is hilarious: "There's no real darkness to him. How do I m… https://t.co/6Dxro99seQ— Ryan Parker (@Ryan Parker) 1553694264.0
But the absence of a dark history is what made his character appealing for fans.
@TheRyanParker @ChrisEvans It's his naivety and journey into a becoming a more seasoned hero that makes him engaging, amongst other things.— Chris Wilson (@Chris Wilson) 1553707593.0
@blown_wish @SamarJ24 @TheRyanParker @ChrisEvans My favorite part about the character. It’s why Civil War was so go… https://t.co/6BRrGjwjQW— Casey Williams (@Casey Williams) 1553709235.0
@TheRyanParker @ChrisEvans And it’s just what we need these days. A good guy. And that’s it.— Nathan Quarry (@Nathan Quarry) 1553715676.0
Evans passed on a nine-film deal with Marvel only to turn them down again after a whittled-down six-picture contract proposal. After Marvel persisted and co-star Robert Downey Jr. encouraged him, Evans relented.
@THR @ChrisEvans My love for this man has reached the biggest level— 𝕷𝒆𝒏𝒆 (@𝕷𝒆𝒏𝒆) 1553698243.0
In addition to considering him being one of the funniest guys on the set, Downey Jr. holds Evans in high regard for his contribution to the MCU.
"[Evans'] suspension of his own disbelief, regardless of whatever doubts he had, is the reason all these other worlds are able to be built."
"Starting with Avengers, and then Guardians, and Black Panther. People love to say — and I'll eat it up — that I'm kind of the progenitor of this whole universe. But if you want to talk about it in terms of team building, and you want to talk about it as the most successful creative relay race in the history of cinema, he was the critical leg."
Actor @ChrisEvans has said he's done playing #CaptainAmerica after #AvengersEndgame, but he would never say "the wo… https://t.co/UPdKAD94FA— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter) 1553693523.0
When the inevitable talking point about the secretive plot for Avengers: Endgame, he remained tight-lipped, as everyone involved with the production is bound by a strict nondisclosure agreement.
With so much secrecy surrounding Endgame, he was shocked at what little the trailer revealed so far.
Chris Evans on #AvengersEngame "I can't believe they even cut together a trailer," he says, "because so much of i… https://t.co/s1mE9QJilN— Marvelous Realm (@Marvelous Realm) 1553695413.0
But he did get emotional when thinking about the significance of his character's relevance in 2019.
"This one's really good. I choked up like three times."
@THR @EscoBlades @ChrisEvans Welp. Cap is definitely dying.— MittenFacedLad (@MittenFacedLad) 1553701620.0
@MarvelousRealm @THR Yeah he dead— Xela #FreeGeno (@Xela #FreeGeno) 1553701808.0
@MarvelousRealm @THR Cap dies for SURE He has been talking about it for 10 years— Mista J (@Mista J) 1553721396.0
Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Whatever his definition of retiring is, his fans don't want that to happen.
@THR @ChrisEvans Why you gotta go boo https://t.co/ksxejLej9X— Sebastian Georgiev (@Sebastian Georgiev) 1553701511.0
@maddisonamberco @THR @ChrisEvans I’m already overly emotional this has topped it :(— Hannah ♡ (@Hannah ♡) 1553721783.0
Evans did express interest in doing a musical one day.
PUT HIM IN GUYS AND DOLLS https://t.co/FozfsIWXlv— 🏳️🌈 Ms. Marya E. Gates (@🏳️🌈 Ms. Marya E. Gates) 1553694150.0
Maybe "retirement" is just a euphemism for step-ball-changing into another facet of the industry, whatever that may be. But we'll all be on board long after we've grieved over his final Captain America appearance.
See you in theaters on April 26 for Avengers: Endgame!