Avengers Assemble: Chris Evans

Excitement has been building for The Avengers (which hits theatres on May 4, 2012) and I would like to say that there are none more eager to see it than me. To commemorate the gigantic blockbuster movie that is bound to set the new bar for superhero films, I’m going to be doing a weekly profile on the actors who will be filling (and have filled) the shoes of some of our favorite Marvel heroes… and villains.

PROFILE

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, Evans first got bitten by the acting bug because his older sister began performing and like her, he began his career by taking parts in school productions and community theatre. While his rise to fame isn’t surprising for this handsome Buddhist who now calls Boston his home, his sudden popularity was a little unusual. After moving to New York, he landed an internship at a casting office and befriended a few of the agents – one of whom later took him on as a client. While he enjoyed life on the stage, he soon set his focus on the screen, auditioning and appearing in several television series (The Fugitive, Boston Public). His first break on the big screen was the 2001 spoof film, Not Another Teen Movie in which he played the goofy jock who falls in love with the shy nerdy girl. From there, he starred in more romantic comedies and a suspenseful thriller (Cellular, 2004), but none of them were noteworthy or considered to be box office successes.

It wasn’t until 2005, when Evans appeared as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch in the 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the Fantastic Four comic book that people really took notice of him. While the movie was dreadful at best, he stole the show with his energetic and charming performance. Since then, he has starred in more than ten films, some incredible (Sunshine, The Losers, Puncture) and others not so captivating (Push, The Nanny Diaries, Street Kings)

Despite being involved in several mediocre movies, Evans was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he was offered the role of Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Initially, there was a lot of slack from comic fans for the choice of actor to play the ‘lost in time’ super soldier, but when the film was released in 2011, there was little room for argument as him being the perfect ‘man with the plan’. Evans dived into the role, taking on both the good natured and morally driven pre-serum Rogers and the physically fantastic, confident hero with gusto.

Want to see more of what he’s capable? Below, I’ve included a couple of his films that I think everyone should see.

Newest Release: What’s Your Number?
Best Known For: Scott Pilgrim .vs. The World, The Losers
Must Watch: Puncture, London

What’s Next? Captain America 2, The Ice Man

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