Creator / Chris Evans
"I love acting. It's my playground; it lets me explore. But my happiness in this world, my level of peace, is never going to be dictated by acting. My goal in life is to detach from the egoic mind."

Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor who, until recently, was best known for a tendency to play the smart alec and pretty boy in his roles, including the desperate everyman protagonist Ryan in Cellular, Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies, and "Harvard Hottie" in The Nanny Diaries. And if you're old enough, you probably first remember him from Not Another Teen Movie, which shows he's surprisingly really good at comedy.

Though he's never shied away from more serious roles (Sunshine, Push, London, Fierce People, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond), it was still a great surprise to the mainstream public when Marvel announced him as their choice to play the straight-laced and serious-minded Captain America in their Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, making such a splash on Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he became the Marvel Cinematic Universe answer to Christopher Reeve, so much so that he felt the need to be Playing Against Type,note  which he did by becoming the psychopathic hitman Mr. Freezy in The Iceman and the gritty Anti-Hero Curtis in Snowpiercer in 2013. In 2014 he made his directorial debut with the romantic-comedy film Before We Go.

Not to be confused with the British DJ and TV presenter who was married to Billie Piper, or a Dorito. Between playing Captain America, Johnny Storm, Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Jensen in The Losers, Casey Jones in TMNT and Curtis in Snowpiercer,note  Evans has perhaps portrayed the largest amount of distinct characters in comic book film adaptations.

He has said that he plans to stop acting once he finishes his Marvel contract and wishes to move on to directing.note  However, he said in September 2015 (after a corporate reshuffle at Marvel) that he was open to the idea of extending his contract.

Selected filmography:

He provides examples of:

  • Badass Beard: A recognizable trait
  • Boy Next Door: The type of guy he is when we think of him, that's what got him the role of Cap.
  • Hunk: He earned this status after playing Captain America, however not to the extent of Chris Hemsworth until recently.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • In his first movie as Cap, his body is digitally altered to look scrawny, which makes it a great surprise when, after he's treated with the super-soldier stuff, he emerges from the pod looking like...well, like Chris Evans. Without a shirt. In fact, Peggy Carter reaching out to touch Cap's chest wasn't scripted. That was Hayley Atwell seeing her co-star shirtless for the first time and not being able to help herself.
    • And in The Avengers, where the first shot of Cap is framed to show off his butt.
    • The scene where Cap stops a helicopter with his bare hands in Captain America: Civil War was added specifically to show his physique tensed and straining. When Evans showed up on set wearing a leather jacket, The Russo Brothers sent him back to wardrobe and had him put on a shirt that was several sizes too small so that his musculature would be on full display.
    • In Fantastic Four (2005) one of his most memorable scenes is him running in with only a puffy pink jacket covering his lower half...and then the sequel film had him in only a towel.