There’s no escaping Captain America – especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.
Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do – head to the bathroom. And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it.”
The same could be said of the ironclad six-movie deal Evans signed when he joined the Marvel universe in 2010 as mild-mannered Steve Rogers, who becomes the supernatural shielded crusader – the original Avenger. He’s completed three films as the character; including the 2011 “Captain America” origins story and last summer’s blockbuster hit
“The Avengers,” which grossed $1.5 billion worldwide.
Evans heads to London to shoot “Avengers 2” alongside superhero pals Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) after his press tour for the April 4 release of “The Winter Soldier,” in which Johansson also appears.
As Evans prepares for another spin in the superhero stratosphere, he admits to feeling somewhat ambivalent about being typecast as a comicbook star. The 32-year-old actor spent his winter hiatus from the Marvel universe directing his debut feature, an intimate $3 million love story tentatively called “1:30 Train,” which focuses on a young woman (Alice Eve) who misses her ride home at Grand Central Terminal and spends the night talking to a street musician (played by Evans). He shot the film on Manhattan’s Lower
East side over the course of just 19 days, and recently finished editing a rough cut.
“I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct,” Evans 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.”