Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans (born June 13, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor who was initially known for playing smart alec and pretty boy types, including the desperate everyman protagonist Ryan in Cellular, Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four (2005) 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 straitlaced and serious-minded Captain America in their Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, despite Playing Against Type, he made such a splash on Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (particularly the latter. As Honest Trailers put it, "Who knew Captain America was so cool?!") that he became the Marvel Cinematic Universe's answer to Christopher Reeve, becoming inextricably associated with the character (the fact that his occasional measured but outspoken interventions on matters of politics and social justice are pretty in-character for the character didn't hurt). In other words, he developed a whole new acting 'type'. As a result, he felt the need to start Playing Against Type again, 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. He confirmed in a profile for The Hollywood Reporters April 2019 issue that Avengers: Endgame would be his last time playing Rogers.
Not to be confused with the British DJ and TV presenter who was married to Billie Piper, nor with fellow MCU Chrises Hemsworth and Pratt. No relation to Welsh actor Luke Evans, though he is the older brother of actor Scott Evans.
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.
- Opposite Sex (2000) as Cary Baston
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001) as Jake Wyler
- The Perfect Score (2004) as Kyle
- Cellular (2004) as Ryan
- Fantastic Four (2005) as Johnny Storm / Human Torch
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
- The Nanny Diaries (2007) as Harvard Hottie
- TMNT (2007) as Casey Jones (voice)
- Sunshine (2007) as Robert Mace
- Battle for Terra (2007) as Stewart Stanton
- Fierce People (2008) as Bryce Langley
- Street Kings (2008) as Det. Paul Diskant
- Push (2009) as Nick Grant
- The Losers (2010) as Jake Jensen
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) as Lucas Lee
- Marvel Cinematic Universe as Capt. Steven "Steve" Rogers / Captain America:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013, cameo as Loki pretending to be Captain America)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015, stinger)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, cameo and stinger)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- What's Your Number? (2011) as Colin Shea
- The Iceman (2012) as Robert "Mr. Freezy" Pronge
- Snowpiercer (2014) as Curtis Everett
- Before We Go (2014) as Nick Vaughan note
- Playing It Cool (2015) as Me
- Gifted (2017) as Frank Adler
- Knives Out (2019) as Hugh Ransom Drysdale-Thrombey
- Defending Jacob (2020) as Andy Barber
He provides examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: He's well known to fans of Jimmy Kimmel Live! for his reactions to mean tweets about him - most of the time, he can't get through the first sentence without collapsing in laughter.
- Becoming the Mask: While he now wants to get away from the role, Evans is still seen by many as embodying Captain America's ideals and persona, as evidenced with his politically concerned comments on Twitter, friendly interactions with his fans and habit of attempting to brighten the days of others by appearing at charity events and similar gigs. Furthermore, at the 2019 Academy Awards, when Regina King nearly tripped on her dress approaching the stage, Evans gave her a hand and at least one fan playfully noted that "Captain America's work is never done."
- It's gotten to the point where his fans on twitter openly address him as "Cap" and provide plenty of references to his MCU work whenever he posts.
- Character Tics: Has a tendency of clutching his chest and facing his head upwards when he's laughing.
- Fanboy: He is a huge fan of the New England Patriots.
- Hunk: He earned this status after playing Captain America, however not to the extent of Chris Hemsworth until recently.
- I Am Not Spock: While he doesn't hate the role of Captain America - being quite proud of it, in fact - Chris has expressed a desire to be seen and recognized in roles other than the Sentinel of Liberty. He has noted that he'd be open to returning to the role somewhere down the line, but he has stressed that he would only do so if he felt he'd be adding something meaningful to the good Captain's storyline.
- 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. Referenced in Avengers: Endgame as "America's Ass."
- 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.
- When he reappeared as Cap in Avengers: Infinity War, the Badass Beard and generally more grizzled look made about half of the internet swoon.
- In Fantastic Four, one of his most memorable scenes is him running in with only a puffy pink jacket covering his lower half... and then the film sequel had him in only a towel.
- What hes mostly remembered for in What's Your Number?.
- Lest we forget, his famous banana split performance in Not Another Teen Movie.
- Ship Tease: Fans often ship him with actress Scarlett Johansson. It's hard to see why not, based on their onscreen chemistry, as the two have been Platonic Life-Partners and starred in 8 movies together.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: He started off doing comedic roles, primarily typecast as the sports jock or the snarky douchebag (this was taken to its logical extreme in Not Another Teen Movie). While not without his funny moments, his turn as Steve Rogers landed him in more serious and dramatic roles. Prior to Cap, he played an Ax-Crazy upper-crust boy in Fierce People, and Badass Bookworm Mace in Sunshine.
- Those Two Actors: