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 (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 straight-laced 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.
Not to be confused with the British DJ and TV presenter who was married to Billie Piper. 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 had said in September 2015 (after a corporate reshuffle at Marvel) that he was open to the idea of extending his contract which he ended up doing for Avengers: Endgame (he had three solo movies and three Avengers movies originally in his contract. His cameos in others werent credited). He confirmed in a profile for The Hollywood Reporters April 2019 issue that it will be his last time playing Rogers.
- 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 (2011 — 2019) 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
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.
- Fanboy: He is a huge fan of the New England Patriots.
- Friend to All Living Things: Chris is very close with his dog Dodger, who he rescued from a pound while filming Gifted.
- 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.
- When he reappeared as Cap in Avengers: Infinity War, the Badass Beard and generally more grizzled look made about half of the internet swoon.
- "That is America's Ass."
- 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.
- 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 type cast 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: More like ice, as three of his characters have done very badly in winter/ice settings: Sunshine, Snowpiercer, and Captain America: The First Avenger.