Chris Evans reveals how leaving behind 'Captain America' role changed his life
Captain America is probably one of the most sought after Marvel heroes of all time. Kids to adults, there's no one that will not know who this character is and its transition through the Avenger era.
The actor made his debut as Captain America in 'Captain America: The First Avenger' as the skinny kid from Brooklyn, Steve Rogers, in 2011, which chronicled the character's transformation into a super-soldier via an experimental serum. Since then Chris's Captian America rose to fame and instantly won over audiences worldwide. Evans continued to appear as the iconic comic character in the succeeding MCU movies, from 2014’s 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 2016’s 'Captain America: Civil War' to all four 'Avengers' films.
Hardcore Captain America fans were dejected and completely devastated to learn that 'Avengers: Endgame' was the last movie where Chris Evans would don the familiar red, blue and white suit. The film showed an aged Steve Rogers bequeath his vibranium shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), rumoredly the MCU's next Captain America. But even so, fans have continued to speculate about Evans returing as Captain America in the MCU.
During an interview while promoting Disney-Pixar's 'Lightyear', Chris shared with Yahoo Entertainment about how leaving behind his role as Captain America has changed him physically, admitting it's been "a literal weight off" his shoulders. Evans said he'd lost 15 pounds, which had caused people to frequently ask him if he's okay when they saw him. But Evans assured his fans that he was fine and simply hadn't been hitting the gym quite as hard as he has had to these last 10 years as part of 'The Avengers' franchise.
In his words, "I’ve shed like 15 pounds. Every time people see me they’re like, "Are you OK? You lost a little bit of weight." I haven’t had to hit the gym as hard." Evans has always been upfront about the struggles and hardships that he went through as an actor to have to maintain the "superhero physique". He had also spoken about how he would have to loose some muscles for films outside MCU only to add them again for his Captain America showcases.
His words indicate that he may not be picking up any superhero gigs anytime soon and fans will have to make their peace with that. Chris has been quite busy otherwise with more 'normal' roles — in the most recent one, he plays a baddie opposite Ryan Gosling in 'The Gray Man' releasing July 15 on Netflix.