It’s hard to argue with the idea that the character who made actor Chris Evans famous, Captain America, is suddenly at a crossroads with his acting career but apparently that’s a reality.
He currently has an upcoming film called “Knives Out,” directed by Rian Johnson, coming out on Thanksgiving where he plays the son of a murdered father in an Agatha Christie-esque mystery, but apparently that’s not enough for him.
The actor who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe just claimed the silliest, most delusional thing you could possibly imagine about the future of his career.
An actor’s worth on the domestic and international market is dictated by box office success and the size of the role. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world right now and it proves in his box office numbers. His appearance in an action movie alone commands nearly a billion dollars internationally at the box office.
Other actors that command top dollar include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and only a handful of others.
There were others that were formerly on this A-list like Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Shia LaBeouf, but their numbers have slowly drifted in recent years. Depp recently had a straight-to-VOD movie called “The Professor” just last year.
Chris Evans is right up there in the upper stratosphere in Hollywood and he seems to already be jaded with the industry.
In Variety’s annual “Actors on Actors” series, the entertainment news organization pits two actors together to ask each other questions about their respective careers and what their future holds.
Evans sat down with his MCU co-star, Scarlett Johansson, for one episode where the man who has played Captain America in the MCU for a decade said he might consider retiring.
He told Johansson, “Every couple of months, I decide I’m done acting. This has been my thing for decades now. I’m always looking for a way out, but I do love it.”
The “Snowpiercer” star has an upcoming movie called “Knives Out” directed by Rian Johnson who just came off of helming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and the initial reviews indicate it’s an incredible film. Evans returns to his old roots of his usual sarcastic prick roles like he was in “Fantastic 4,” “Sunshine,” “The Losers” and “Push.”
Apparently he’s concerned about the power struggle between the artists and the studio.
He also added, “I think TV right now, those creative minds are given a bit more freedom. It feels like movies sometimes get inundated with studio notes, and all of a sudden, what was once an original idea becomes boiled down to the lowest common denominator, and then you have no one’s favorite movie but everyone’s lukewarm movie. I think that’s why people may be turning away, and looking to things like streaming service shows that actually are innovative.”
Everybody knows the industry is starting to veer away from box office because of the many streaming giants who have also become production companies themselves.
Netflix, particularly, is infamous for giving artists money and letting them do what they want.
Studios don’t have that luxury because the box office is where they recoup most of the film’s budget.
Evans concluded, “After a while, the process of filmmaking does get stale. You just want to try and find a new way into what has become very familiar. I think what I was hunting for was that prolonged period of time within a scene, thinking it would allow this liberation. It couldn’t have been more to the contrary. When you’re onstage, it’s just like, ‘Man!’ because you have so much to remember.”
It sounds like he’s completely ungrateful for playing an integral role in the MCU and the highest grossing film of all time “Avengers: Endgame.” That’s delusional and ungrateful. Millions of actors would kill to be in his shoes.