On-screen, he's Captain America. But what Chris Evans really wants to do is direct.
Evans, the star-spangled, shield-toting hero of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers," said in a recent interview with Variety that he's ready to leave acting behind and focus on directing once his six-film contract with Marvel is up.
"I've known for a while I wanted to direct," Evans said. "But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, 'You know what -- I have to do this.' "
The 32-year-old actor spent his winter break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe directing his debut feature, a love story tentatively titled "1:30 Train." The film, which was shot in 19 days for $3 million on Manhattan's Lower East Side, stars Alice Eve as a woman who misses her train home at Grand Central Terminal and befriends a street musician (played by Evans).
Going forward, Evans said, "If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing." He continued, "I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."