Think "Captain America" star Chris Evans' comments about retiring from acting last month were just a throwaway threat or a quote taken out of context? Think again.
An extensive feature piece about Evans for Variety tackles the topic head on and Evans re-affirms that he's little desire to continue being on screen beyond his current contractual obligations.
Evans says: "If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
Evans recently completed work directing the indie film "1:30 Train" and hopes to direct more going forward, though remains grateful for the opportunity the Marvel contract has allowed him:
"Without these [Marvel] movies, I wouldn't be directing. 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."
Could he change his mind? "For all I know, in five years, I might say, 'Shit, I miss acting.' Right now, I just want to get behind the camera and make movies" says Evans.
Yet it will take a lot to do so, one of his agents asked him what would happen if a really great role came along, he told them no and that "we are turning a corner."