Chris Evans: “I’ve made about 20 movies and I’m probably proud of three”

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Chris Evans covers the May issue of Prestige Hong Kong, and I have to admit to being seriously underwhelmed by the photoshoot. It’s like they purposely styled him to look like Justin Timberlake. Goodbye to that cute little butt, right? Anyway, the interview is worthy of at least a bit more interest because it’s a reflection on how much Chris’ attitude has changed since admitting to going into therapy after accepting the titular role in Captain America. Of course, he’s already played the Human Torch (a.k.a., “Johnny Firepants”) in one of the Fantastic Four movies; Captain America turned out to be a huge hit; and the upcoming Avengers movie is sure to fly high. He’s got two more Captain America movies in his future plus an upcoming role as a Mafia assassin in The Iceman. As such Chris seems to have relaxed a bit and has granted himself more leeway to discuss his work as an actor thus far.

This presents some difficulty in analyzing Chris’ words because he’s not exactly speaking kindly of his past movies. In fact, he seems downright ashamed of most of them, but he phrases things so carefully that he doesn’t fall into the Rooney Mara trap (if you’ll remember, she called her stint on “Law & Order: SVU” awful and stupid, and she claimed that she never really wanted the Nightmare on Elm Street gig). Then again, Chris didn’t really want to be Captain America either, but his attitude changed after he watched the completed movie. Not so much for most of his other roles (perhaps he’s thinking of that dreadful romcom, What’s Your Number?), which he clearly wishes he could erase from his past. Still, he explains himself well and mostly acquits himself from sounding like a douche (even if he still kind of looks like one in the photoshoot):

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On Captain America‘s success: “I’m surprised by any movie that is successful. At this point I’ve made a lot of films. I’ve made about 20 movies and I’m probably proud of three. It’s not easy making a good movie. All these people coming together. All these individual creative minds trying to cook one dish. It’s hard to make it taste right, you know. So any time you have a quality film, it’s a blessing. If it was easy to do, there would be a lot more of them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left the [movie] theatre disappointed. So I certainly was surprised. But I wouldn’t have signed on if I didn’t have faith [in the project]. At the point of Captain America being offered to me, I had already made quite a few stinkers. I couldn’t afford to make another one, let alone another one on that scale. If you make one that big and it fails, your days are numbered.”

On how Cap’n ended up in The Avengers: “I’m not sure how much I can tell you. It’s obviously modernday. He’s a little bit of a fish out of water and it’s tricky for him to adjust to the new world. But S.H.I.E.L.D. comes calling, basically has a mission, and has come to get him back in the world. If there’s anything that Steve [Rogers] does well, it’s following orders, being a soldier, doing what’s right. So he’s willing to take on the mission. I think that’s as much as I can tell you. Marvel will shoot me otherwise.”

On being a conflicted human playing a conflicted superhero: “I think it was in terms of my initial apprehension in taking the job. It was a long process, this Captain America thing. At first they called just to have me audition, and I was so excited. They said, ‘Look, we’re having a hard time finding a guy and we want you to read.’ And I said, ‘This is great, good news.’ Then I thought about it. You process what they’re asking – a six-picture deal. I was pretty happy with where my life was and I ended up saying, ‘No, thanks’ for an audition. Which prompted them to ask why. And then it went from an audition to a test offer. And I said, ‘No, thanks’ again.”

On the stress of press: “I struggle with press, with promoting films. Interviews, press conferences and things like that just stress me out. And I figured that this stage would be 10 times more than any other film I’ve made. It felt so daunting. I was truly intimidated by it. I just thought I could be doing this part for another 10 years if the movies do well and that’s a lot to commit to, and I’m really quite content where I am in my life. And I said no, one more time. And then they said, ‘All right, we’re offering it to you.’ So I had to do some thinking and I ended up going for it. I guess whatever you’re most scared of is what you should tackle.”

Doing press is different now: “I started to realise, I think the main reason I struggle so much in press, is because I’m usually promoting a piece of sh-t. It’s really difficult to find a flowery way to tell people to go see this movie, that your face is all over, that your name is all over, that you’re endorsing. And then you begin to feel like a liar, like you’re transparent. You feel undeserving and it makes the interview extremely uncomfortable, for me at least. I think that’s why with Captain America, when I first saw the film, I loved it. I really, really did. I saw it and texted Joe [Johnson] and said, ‘Thank you so much for giving me something to be proud of.’ When you’re proud of it, you want to talk about it. It made doing the press a lot easier.”

[From Prestige Hong Kong]

So is it sexist that I don’t find myself offended by how Chris is dissing the “piece of sh-t” movies from his past? It’s not like he mentions any of them by name, and he certainly explains his reasoning well enough. In addition, Chris is obviously proud of the quality of Captain America and seems pleasantly surprised by the film’s monetary success as well. I think he has a bright future ahead of him and will remain humble if possibly a bit more outspoken than his shyness would formerly allow.

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Photos courtesy of Prestige Hong Kong

 

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  1. samanthalous says:

    He got paid right, stop complaining!

    • Jag says:

      It really annoys me when these actors become famous from films, and then they call their old work names like “sh*t.” Those films are what made him famous, so he should appreciate that he did them. ITA that he got paid, so he should STFU.

      ~ Former fan because I like some of his old movies, which obviously means he thinks my taste is sh*t. He can go live with Johnny Depp now.

  2. Eve says:

    MINE!

    *Saying it like those seagulls from Finding Nemo.

  3. Han says:

    Curious as to which movies he is proud of besides Captain America..

  4. jamie says:

    He has been in a lot of POS movies, it’s what up and coming actors have to do to build Hollywood clout and pay the bills. It may seem a little whorish but I don’t think he’s complaining and I like his honesty. It would be worse if he was in a lot of terrible movies and either didn’t realize they were terrible or didn’t care.

  5. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Those dress pants are giving him d*cktoe or balls-toe or something. Not flattering.
    I like that he kept it real and it was interesting to hear how uncomfortable he was promoting a piece of crap movie. I always though that that must be the most frustrating part about being an actor that is very devoted to the craft-you sign onto something thinking it will be great (based on the script), but by the time it’s audience-ready, it’s a piece of trash. I like the “too many chefs” analogy.

  6. alison8701 says:

    Funny, I tried to read it as if he was a woman before you had even made the sexist comment!

    But I think the difference is with him and Rooney is that he was.. understanding of the process. There’s a lot that goes into a movie, and a lot that goes wrong. So he wasn’t like “ugh, it sucked, I can’t believe I stooped”.. he thought the movies would be something they weren’t.

    But I did love his comments about having to promote a crappy movie. Very honest. I always wondered how celebrities do it.. and I appreciate that he said he felt dishonest. It wasn’t just that he was uncomfortable lying, he was uncomfortable lying to get people to pay for a crappy movie.

    I wish Amy Adams would talk about her role in Cruel Intentions. She’s come so far, and I think she would probably answer the question with such grace and humility, it’d be perfect.

    On the one hand it’s like.. no one made you take the job, and you got paid well. But on the other hand, aren’t they allowed, and even, encouraged, to be critical of their own work? Is it crappy to admit that you were just starting out and took anything you could? I mean a lot of actors work their way up.. and it’s obvious that’s what they’re doing. Should they apologizes for that?

    Seriously, I bet Amy Adams would solve this whole conundrum with class, without it sounding trite, ie “Oh, it was a blast and such a great learning experience. I’m so grateful for the opportunities it afforded me. I wouldn’t change a thing!”

  7. Gene Parmesan says:

    “It’s not like he mentions any of them by name”
    -Bingo thats what seperates him from that sleepy hollow looking thing called Rooney mara. He may not be proud of it but you know he doesnt take any of it for granted. He doesnt insult the movies but just accepts that hey not all movies are great

  8. Jenna says:

    Mmm….Chris Evans. We need to see more of this man on here.

  9. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I like how he explains why he wasn’t proud of them. He doesn’t mention any project specifically and he gives a good reason. A movie is made up of so many components that you never know how good it will be until its done and often it’s like magic. It works or it doesn’t. I’ve seen movies that shouldn’t be good but somehow they are. They just work. He explained that very well. He didn’t say he was too high art for them or such shit. I’m not a fan of stuff or of him but he came off well in this interview

  10. Amanda G says:

    They have all made crappy movies at some point in their career. Gotta start somewhere! I rather enjoyed him in “bad” movies like Not Another Teen Movie and What’s Your Number.

  11. vanessa says:

    I wonder if he’s proud of, “Not Another Teen Movie”

    Haha that movie still cracks me up!

  12. lisa says:

    He came off really well in the interview and managed to be honest without insulting anyone. He has tact while Mara Rooney.does not which is the main difference in the way their comments came across.

  13. serena says:

    Meh, sorry but I totally didn’t like him in Captain America. I loved him as the human torch by the way, there he was great.
    Here, not so much.

  14. alison8701 says:

    Also, sign up for NINE movies? That should give most people pause.

    NINE MOVIES? seriously, guys, that’s ridiculous. it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they replaced him with a different actor at some point. Call it a reboot?

  15. Anna says:

    I think most actors/actresses, if they were perfectly honest, would admit the same, so nothing wrong with being upfront about it. Just look back on it with some humour (I always love whenever Clooney references the Batman film, b/c he always makes sure to poke fun at himself as well) and/or grace.

    (There really is only a small, lucky group – i.e. Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis – who can probably say they’re proud of the majority of their work).

  16. Millie says:

    I bet he exaggerated the number so I’m not offended by his comment either. It’s like Adam Brody the other day. Sometimes you get a bad role or movie, or okay, or sometimes good, and if you are lucky great ones. I’m sure a lot of actors feel that way or have had this experience.

    So I’m not too offended by Chris’ comments here and I totally agree with you Bedhead about his future in Hollywood, I hope he has a lot of success.

    Also he is from my home state of Massachusetts! Luv that.

  17. Beatriz says:

    maybe he was thinking about “not another teen movie” god knows that shit sucked.

  18. Rachael says:

    I don’t find his comments to be obnoxious, mainly because I think he just explains himself well. He doesn’t sound ungrateful, he just sounds realistic about his career and what it takes to be successful as an actor. He has a very good point about how it must be practically impossible to come out with a quality product from beginning to end when you are making a film. It takes such perfect orchestration of all the elements and people involved, and sometimes probably has to involve a lot of luck too.

    Oh and just for some perspective … I DID find Rooney Mara’s comments to be obnoxious (the interview she gave with the L&O comments). I don’t remember the details of that interview, but I don’t recall her explaining it nearly as well. There’s probably a way she could have stated it that would have come off as reasonable rather than ungrateful, but she did NOT pull that off.

  19. Jordan says:

    This doesn’t bother me b/c he didn’t name the POS movies and the number he gave was off the cuff so that no one could really pinpoint which ones he was talking about. With the movies he has made I would be more pissed off if he started talking about all the art that he has put out there, and how hard he worked to make those movies authentic, etc. etc. At least he’s honest without trying to hurt anyone’s feelings.

  20. Catlady says:

    The first time I saw Chris Evans was in the movie Cellular with Kim Basinger and Wiliam H. Macy and I hope that is one of the movies he is proud of. I thought he was absolutely fantastic in that movie and I enjoyed it very much!

  21. Zoe says:

    Most actors take roles they know are sh’t. Every successful actor probably has accepted roles they know were plainly awful. However, its food on the table and a movie under your belt. Guess the trick is not to continue taking awful roles if you do become successful. He sounds honest and reflective. I have respect for him as actor because he had the guts to say it.

  22. Mika says:

    I hated Chris Evans until i saw him parody himself in Scott Pilgram vs. the World. HILARIOUS.

  23. GirlyGirl says:

    I just slid off my chair.

    who knew he was this interesting?

  24. sandy says:

    He’s made over 20 movies and I think I’ve enjoyed only 1.. :-P in all honesty. He’s a hot looking guy, but I just don’t think he’s picking the right roles.