Chris Evans’ “contract” speak
Chris Evans is currently out there promoting Gifted and, therefore, promoting his “Gifted” persona. Most of the TV interviews I’ve seen of him lately are done with what I call a lot of “teeth smiling”. You know how cheesy former athletes-turned-sports-anchors pose in their headshots? So corny you almost expect them to add a star with a “ding” next to their mouths? That’s what I think of Chris Evans on this press tour. The teeth talking and teeth smiling were cranked up all the way on Ellen the other day…
…while talking about his Marvel contract. Chris Evans is committed to two more Avengers movies which, as he explains, he’s shooting this year, back to back, and then he’s done. It’s the “end of my contract”. Not really the kind of discussion you take to Ellen DeGeneres in its specificity. It’s so business, isn’t it? Because it IS business. When you’re telling the public that your contract is up what you’re also telling us, without saying it out loud, is that your contract is up…and that it has yet to be renewed. Chris Evans isn’t saying here that he’s had a great run with Captain America and that it’s time for him to hand off the shield to someone else. All he’s saying is that he hasn’t gotten an offer. Or… an offer that he wants to accept. Because when Collider asked him about it at the Gifted junket a couple of weeks ago, this how Chris answered:
“It’s really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, “No more.” I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing. The system is sound, over there. They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done. Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you’re like, “I don’t know if I’m ready to go.” It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”
Talk to Marvel. If we engage further I’d be open to it.
To me, that doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to quit. That sounds like a guy who will quit if he doesn’t like what’s on the table. But he’s willing to look at what’s on the table.
Again, in line with the Daniel Craig post I opened the site with today – what do you think it would be like if an actress was in Chris Evans’ position, talking business and contracts with the media? I’d LOVE to hear it.