Update (April 1, 2014):
Good news, Chris Evans fans! He's not quitting acting. The Captain America actor set the record straight during a Good Morning America appearance (via Huffington Post), saying, "By no means am I planning on retiring. It's kind of a silly statement." Glad to hear it, Chris!
Original story (March 25, 2014):
Better enjoy Chris Evans as Steve Rogers aka Captain America while you can — it might be one of the last roles you see the 32-year-old actor play for a while.
Chris tells Variety that he'll step out of the spotlight and quit acting once his six-film Marvel contract is done. (He's already wrapped three of those six — Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier — and he's busy with the fourth, Avengers: Age of Ultron.)
"I've known for a while I wanted to direct," he says. "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 … If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing. I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do."
You may be surprised to know that the Massachusetts native initially turned down the superhero role: "The problem was initially, it was a nine-movie contract. And they said, if these movies take off and do very well, and my life changes and I don't respond well, I don't have the opportunity to say, 'Listen, I need a f—king break. That just scared me."
Even after Marvel reduced the number of movies in his contract to six, Chris was still reluctant — but he finally joined the franchise at the urging of his family members and his co-star Robert Downey Jr.
And even though the work is exhausting and time-intensive, the actor doesn't take it for granted: "Without these movies, I wouldn't be directing. They gave me enough overseas recognition to greenlight a movie. And if I'm speaking extremely candidly, it's going to continue to do that for as long as the Marvel contract runs."
Sounds like Chris, even as a mere mortal, is gonna have a supercharged career, whether he's in front of or behind the camera!