Chris Evans is pretty serious about his retirement from acting. Three weeks after telling Glamour that he would take "a little break from acting" when his Marvel commitments were completed, the "Captain America" star went a step further in an interview with Variety.
"If I'm acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing," Evans told the magazine. "I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
According to Variety, Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel before starring as Captain America in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger." Thus far, he's had a feature role in two other films for the studio ("Marvel's The Avengers" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is out on April 4), and will also star in "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015 and "Captain America 3" in 2016. That leaves one last movie on the contract, which could be "Marvel's The Avengers 3" (presumably out in 2017 or later), unless Evans' brief cameo in "Thor: The Dark World" counts as part of the deal. If that's the case, he'll have fulfilled his Marvel commitment after the third "Captain America" film.
In place of acting, Evans plans to direct. He recently completed work on an indie film, "1:30 Train," with Alice Eve in a starring role, and hopes to direct more going forward.
“Without these [Marvel] movies, I wouldn't be directing,” he said to Variety. "They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I'm speaking extremely candidly, it's going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs."
For more on Evans, including why he doesn't get a cut of Marvel's merchandise revenue, head to Variety.